The Cedaredge Board of Trustees met on Jan. 11 in a discussion-only work session to review items scheduled for action at the regular trustees meeting. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend the regular trustees' meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. in the Cedaredge Civic Center, Grand Mesa Room, 140 NW 2nd Street.
Two proposed resolutions were discussed at the work session. The first resolution, if approved on Jan. 18, will modify the water rate for the Surface Creek Saddle Club, a nonprofit organization with relatively low water usage. The second, if approved, will recognize the commitment of town employees by giving qualified retirees a Cedaredge Golf Club greens pass for one year following the date of retirement. To be eligible for the pass retirees would have to be at least 65 years of age and be retiring in good standing with at least five and one-half years service.
On Jan. 18 the trustees will also act on a proposal to add more funds to the 2018 water and wastewater utility relief fund and to alter the process for administering the increased funds. Based on 2017 numbers, interim town administrator Greg Brinck anticipates that two dozen residents will qualify for relief in 2018. Residents seeking Cedaredge relief assistance must first apply to the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), a federal program designed to help low-income households home heating costs. A household that receives LEAP approval is issued a letter which must be presented to the Town of Cedaredge for water/wastewater relief. The LEAP application can be obtained from Delta County Health and Human Services by calling 1-866-432-8435, or by visiting the Delta office at 560 Dodge Street, or the Hotchkiss office at 196 West Hotchkiss Avenue. LEAP heating assistance extends from Nov. 1, 2017, through April 30, 2018; however, the Cedaredge water/wastewater relief program covers the entire year.
Considerable discussion centered on the hiring process for the next town administrator. The trustees discussed two options: either directly appointing an administrator without advertisement, or advertising the position and conducting a screening and interview process. The trustees will decide which process to follow at the Jan. 18 meeting.
Bids have been received for the Highway 65 waterline replacement and the town public works department will review the bids and recommend which to accept as part of the Jan. 18 meeting. And the trustees will receive first-of-year reports from the treasurer, golf club, public works, chief of police and interim town administrator.
Other work session items that were discussed and deferred to the regular meeting for action were:
• Proposed changes in golf club fees designed to encourage more 18-hole play, revising the cost of the players' club card, and creating designated days for senior and military veteran golfers.
• A proposal to fund a redesign and upgrade of the town website.
• Renewal of three town liquor licenses.
• Renewal of a right-of-way lease to allow a citizen to build a fence and action vacating a portion of a dead-end alleyway.
Additional details of items covered at the trustees' work session and a full version of the Jan. 18 regular meeting agenda can be viewed at the Town of Cedaredge website, http://www.cedaredgecolorado.com/
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.