Planning committee launches work to assess county needs

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Arapahoe County residents have begun their work to evaluate the county's needs and advise the board of county commissioners on how to meet those needs.

According to a news release, the long-range planning committee launched its work May 14 by learning more about the county's current and projected fiscal situation, as well as factors — such as growth — that influence the county's budget and services.

Committee members include small-business owners, public school officials, government employees and nonprofit leaders, and they represent the county's towns, cities and unincorporated areas.

The 25-member task force will be particularly focused on providing input on transportation needs as well as infrastructure requirements at the Arapahoe County Justice Center. The center, at Broncos Parkway and South Potomac Street, includes the Arapahoe County jail and courthouse.

The new advisory task force will review options for addressing long-range service and financial needs, as well as evaluating how to meet the critical public safety needs posed by aging facilities, the release said.

For several years, commissioners and county staff have compiled detailed information on the condition of the existing jail and courthouse, which serve all cities, towns and unincorporated areas of the county. The review culminated this year with the development of a Justice Center Facility Master Plan. The commission has been studying road and bridge needs and evaluating strategies to engage needed partners at the local, state and federal level.

Additional meetings for the task force over the next few months will be announced soon. All county residents are welcome to attend to hear the information presented and the committee discussion.

The board of commissioners also will continue to engage the community in exploring the various options through townhalls, telephone town halls and other meetings as well as digital outreach. The commission also welcomes comments and questions from the public.

Learn more at ArapahoeGov.com/CountyConversations. Comments or questions can be sent to together@arapahoegov.com.

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