Chamber provides update at Cedaredge council meeting

By Pat Sunderland


After organizing the biggest AppleFest celebration in memory, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is moving on to events in November and December.

Mitchell Gronenthal, chamber board vice president, provided an update at the Cedaredge Town Council meeting Oct. 19.

He said AppleFest vendor space was expanded by 90 booths, and all were sold. The chamber is determining if there's space for any additional booths for 2018.

Looking down the road, Small Business Saturday is set for Nov. 25, and "Merriment on Main" will take place Dec. 2, the day of Cedaredge's annual Parade of Lights.

In his report, Dan Sanders, police chief, said there were few issues with AppleFest, and the chili cook-off held in conjunction with the celebration was highly successful. About 650 people attended the event, which raised just over $10,000. Sanders said the fire department will use the proceeds to purchase an extractor, described as a giant washing machine to remove contaminants from the firefighters' protective gear.

Due to the resignation of Officer Chris Curtis, and deaths in the families of two others, Chief Sanders said the department has been shorthanded but he's covering the bases by using reserve officers and paying overtime to the remaining officers.

Several budget items were covered, beginning with a look back at 2017. Two accounting errors totaling $75,000 were discovered in the wastewater fund. Staff proposed, and trustees agreed, to sell shares of water owned by the wastewater fund to the water fund to cover the shortfall. A resolution to that effect will be considered for formal adoption in November.

Memberships, in-kind donations and contributions for 2018 were discussed. Council members dropped support for the National League of Cities and Club 20, and instead agreed to a $1,110 donation to the Center for Mental Health. The donation will support a crisis clinic in Montrose that will serve as a regional resource. Communities in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties are each being asked to contribute 50ยข per resident.

"This project will remove the burden of managing people experiencing a behavioral health crisis from your local law enforcement while benefiting those people in desperate need of such services," CEO Shelly Spalding said in a letter to the trustees.

Slight increases were approved for daily play and annual passes at the Cedaredge Golf Club. Golf course rates have not increased since 2014, golf pro Larry Murphy said.

The treasurer's report shows that 75 percent of the way through the year, the town has collected 60.8 percent of anticipated revenues and spent 56.9 percent of budgeted expenses.

Sales tax for 2017 was up 5.05 percent over the previous year.