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Tusayan looks to the future
Council tackles five-year town priority plan

Mayor Greg Bryan and Councilman Bill Fitzgerald discuss future plans for Tusayan. Clara Beard/WGCN

Mayor Greg Bryan and Councilman Bill Fitzgerald discuss future plans for Tusayan. Clara Beard/WGCN

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - The Tusayan Town Council continued brainstorming a five-year capital improvement plan (CIP) at their Oct. 3 regular meeting.

Interim Town Manager Tami Ryall recommended council members start the process during the "budget off-season."

The financial and goal-oriented plan includes the Tusayan Town/Community Park, a fiber-optic expansion to improve local Internet service, parking improvements, future employee housing units, water system investments and Tusayan housing authority.

These projects are integrated in the town's budget, but determining priority level and phasing of funds has yet to be firmed up.

Not included in the budget, but up for future discussion, were items such as natural gas extension, a drainage study for areas not covered by the sanitary district or the Forest Service, public art program or partnerships, trail improvements and public restroom facilities.

"What we are looking for here is to say, in the next five years, is what pieces do we want to begin to look at and how much do we potentially do," Mayor Greg Bryan said.

The council discussed how to rate priorities, how to forecast the length of projects, what projects could have potential grant funding by state or federal programs, town funded programs and what the town needs to provide for the community.

In the coming weeks, public workshop dates will be announced for the community to comment on the CIP.

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