Board splits on contract vote

By Hank Lohmeyer

On a split vote, the Cedaredge Town Board amended terms of the Main Street/Grand Mesa Drive enhancement project to allocate more of the available funds to design and engineering work.

Trustees approved the amendment to an agreement with CDOT, which is funding most of the project on costs for the Main Street enhancement project. The new agreement allocates $287,895 for construction and $93,355 for design/engineering. The original budget agreement allocated $59,855 for design/engineering $321,395 available for construction. Casting the sole dissenting vote was trustee Dayton Myers.

In other business during the town board's July 20 and other recent meetings, the following matters were dealt with:

• The Cedaredge Town Board held a public hearing July 20 on a request by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber official Bruce Hovde asked for a special events permit for the organization to host its traditional beer and wine garden during AppleFest. There was no public opposition nor comment on the application request. Following the public hearing, the town board approved the application request. AppleFest will take place Oct. 6, 7 and 8.

• Cedaredge town administrator Katie Sickles has been elected to serve on the Colorado Municipal League board of directors. The monthly town administrator's report to the town board noted that she was voted to the board during the annual CML conference held June 20-23 in Breckenridge. The CML board is comprised of 21 elected officials and municipal staff members.

• The town board adopted a new schedule of water and sewer rates and charges.

• The town board approved a bid of $4,000 by West Elk Electric for electrical upgrades to the Community Center dining hall.

• The town board approved the $7,500 purchase of a WeatherPort shelter for use at outdoor events.

• The town board reappointed Terry Jarbo and named Karen Helbert to terms on the town planning commission.