New Town Hall
PROJECT STATUS: Complete
The Town of Firestone finished the construction of a new Town Hall to provide a functional facility capable of accommodating operational needs and quality service delivery in the fall of 2021. The project was identified in the Town’s approved 2020 Budget and Capital Improvement Plan. The new facility is located just north of the Police Department & Municipal Court Building, on the Central Park property. The new building houses Town offices that include: Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Planning & Development, Economic Development, Public Works and the Town Clerk’s Office. The new building ensures a completely integrated approach to citizen and customer service.
The former Town Hall facility could not meet the existing staffing needs or demand for service. The 7,778 sq. ft. Town Hall, located at 151 Grant Avenue, was built in 1999 at a time when the Town’s population was 1,800 (2000 Census) and residential and commercial development activity was not at the current pace. When still occupying this building, offices are dispersed between Town Hall and an adjacent modular building. A staffing development plan was completed to assist in the development of the design for the new facility.
Code compliance issues made remodeling or expanding at this location less financially viable than at the new location, located adjacent to the new Police Department & Municipal Court Building on the Central Park property. This facility has several items that are not in building code compliance, including restrooms, fire-rated walls, and the lack of energy efficiency items. In addition, it also has drainage issues on site which create hazards during snow/ice conditions.
Funding of the New Town Hall Facility:
- In 2017, voters approved a 0.6% sales tax to fund the construction of the Police Department & Municipal Court Building. The debt for this building is being financed through a Certificate of Participation and there is a surplus. On April 7, 2020, Firestone voters approved Ballot Question 2A, authorizing the Town to expand the purposes for which the 0.6% sales and use tax can be used. Purposes for which the sales and use tax can be used would include construction, operation and maintenance of other Town facilities - including the new Town Hall.
The Town identified a way to maintain the residents' investment in the new Police Department & Municipal Court Building and a way to address facility needs that the Town has – and do so without raising any taxes and without extending the debt.
- In August of 2020, the Town of Firestone was awarded a $1 million grant from the State of Colorado, from the Energy/Mineral Impact Assistance Fund (EIAF), for the construction of a new Town Hall. Read more about the grant here.
- Certificates of Participation (COPs):
On May 8, 2019 the Board of Trustees approved Ordinance 952, a financing plan to authorize the Town to issue COPs with Chase Bank. The proceeds were identified to be used for capital improvements to Town Hall and to other governmental facilities owned by the Town.
On October 14, 2020 the Board of Trustees approved Ordinance 980, a financing plan to authorize the Town to issue additional COPs with Chase Bank. Some of the proceeds will be used to refinance the outstanding balance of the 2005 COPs. The remainder of the proceeds will be used for the construction of the new Town Hall and Public Works facilities.
The approval of both of these ordinances does not impact taxpayers, and will not result in any tax increases.
Upon completion of the project, new operating and maintenance expenses will be included in subsequent budgets.