Hotchkiss approves first donation of 2016

By Tamie Meck

Partners of Delta, Montrose and Ouray will be the first recipient of a donation from the Town of Hotchkiss after council voted unanimously to give the organization a $250 donation for 2016 at the Dec. 10 council meeting. The town has donated to Partners in the past, with the last donation being made in 2012.

Partners, which Mayor Wendell Kootz describes as providing "positive life experiences for at-risk youth by providing one-on-one adult mentorship," humbly requested a donation of $500. With a tighter budget than in past years and more organizations needing help, trustee Tom Wills recommended a donation of $300, Larry Jakubiak suggested $200, and trustees agreed to meet in the middle, with Wills making the motion for the $250 donation and Jakubiak seconding the motion.

The first council meeting of the new year is scheduled for Jan. 6.