Lakes Region Planning Commission’s director stepping down
Kimon Koulet was the executive director of the Lakes Region Planning Commission for 30 years. (Dan Seufert Photo)
“We must continue to focus on transportation planning, including multi-modal options, and other infrastructure needs,” said Koulet, who leaves after 30 years at the commission.
“The states around us have already raised their gas tax to help ensure their transportation systems are maintained. New Hampshire has not adjusted it in 23 years,” he said. “Infrastructure is essential to sustain our economy and to attract economic growth.”
“The Lakes Region has millions of dollars of documented needs for at least the next 20 years,” he said.
Koulet came to the LRPC after working as planning director of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, program manager in the executive director’s office of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and as a planning consultant in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The commission played an important role in helping the region’s communities to develop master plans. It also helped establish multiple regional household hazardous waste collections that have removed hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals from the environment.
“There were 28 public meetings and workshops in 12 months leading to several priority recommendations that resulted in millions of dollars of roadway improvements,” he said.
Hayes has a lot on his plate in his new role. The LRPC is preparing the Lakes Region Plan, a comprehensive plan that will reflect the vision and priorities of the region’s communities. A draft will be completed by summer, and a final version will be voted on by the commission by the end of 2014.
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