BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR
A ballot question for Foxridge Subdivision residents concerning replacement of the perimeter fences in the community may or may not be on the ballot in November.
Foxridge is bounded by South Quebec Street on the west, South Holly Street on the east, County Line Road on the south, and either East Mineral Avenue or Dry Creek Road on the north.
The Centennial City Council, sitting as the Board of Directors for the Foxridge General Improvement Districtv(FGID), heard a report from Martha Riley, one of the two representatives to the board from the subdivision.
The reason that the issue whether there will be an election is up in the air is that only 33 percent of the homeowners who have a FGID fence have responded to a request to sign paperwork granting easements for the fences to the FGID.
No easements were obtained at the time the subdivision was built in the late 1980’s, and the easements need to be obtained prior to replacement of the aging perimeter fence.
Centennial city staff surveyed the residents in March, and 74 percent said they are willing to pay for a fence replacement, with 66 percent favoring a fence made out of Trex, an artificial heavy-duty material, with the other 35 percent favoring a cedar fence.
The FGID board, that is, the City Council, has authorized the staff to develop ballot questions authorizing the FGID to incur debt and increase its mill levy to allow for replacement of the fence. It is expected that city staff will return to a council meeting in July to present the recommended ballot language.
The proposal is that the mill levy for the fence be increased by 4.12 mills, and that the fence be paid for over 20 years, at a cost of $2 million for the fence, and another $2,825,000 for interest.
There are approximately 4,000 residents in the subdivision, residing in 934 homes with an average value of $450,066. At present, the taxes paid by Foxridge residents do not allow the subdivision to keep up with needed repairs on the fence.
Cost of repairing or replacing failed portions of the fence is estimated to be $376,000, but would only extend the life of the fence an additional 5 to 7 years.
Riley told the council that there are an additional nine homes that should also have a perimeter fence, but it is unknown at this time whether those homes will be added to those that already have fencing.
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