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Cedaredge trustees discuss possibility of a strategic plan

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Cedaredge Mayor Gene Welch opened last week's board of trustees work session by announcing that there would be no discussion other than among the trustees and that no decisions would be made at the session. Trustees received an update regarding changes to the 2018 town budget. These changes are reflected in the Nov. 1 version of the 2018 budget which can be viewed on the town's website: https://www.cedaredgecolorado.com/.

The trustees discussed the possibility of developing a strategic plan for Cedaredge. According to town staff, such a plan would be developed by gathering input from residents through interviews and public meetings. It would also involve the chamber of commerce. All trustees agreed that public input was important but some questioned whether such a plan would be redundant given that the town already has other forward-looking plans in place including a master plan, a budget plan and a capital improvement plan. The question of a strategic plan may be postponed until after the 2018 election.

The possibility of providing low interest loans to help residents with home repairs was discussed. Examples were providing loans to replace water heaters or repair leaks in water lines. Trustees were concerned about involving the town in a program where there was a risk of loan default. Delta County Housing Authority may already have a pool of funds to help with such situations and the trustees requested more research.

The work session closed with a review of the agenda for the trustees' next regular meeting. In addition to departmental reports and routine resolutions concerning water matters, three staff items are on the regular meeting agenda. The town's new building inspector, Bruce Stanley, will be introduced. The status of the town's police officer vacancy will be discussed as will the vacancy created by the resignation of the Cedaredge Golf Club's golf pro, Larry Murphy.

The public is encouraged to attend trustee meetings. According to the board's published agenda, constituent time is provided at the beginning and end of each regular meeting. Just after roll call, constituents may address the trustees regarding any issue on the agenda. And, after the meeting's agenda is concluded and prior to adjournment, time is set aside for constituents interested in addressing any issue not on the agenda.

The next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. and the final public hearing on the 2018 Cedaredge town budget is Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. Both meetings take place in the Cedaredge Civic Center at 140 NW 2nd Street.

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