At the Oct. 3 Crawford Town Council meeting, Jackie Savage, town clerk, brought up several non-agenda items for consideration.
First, she asked the council to okay a letter of support for Delta County Economic Development or DCED.
While the Town of Crawford does not support the organization financially, they do recognize that DCED does important work. The town clerk will write a letter of support for DCED, which has submitted an application to the NRCS for a $300,000 grant to further soil health efforts in the area.
Second, Savage brought up information about another organization the town does not support financially, Region 10. They notified the town that funding has changed that could effect the scenic byways. The new federal transportation bill sustains the Highway Trust Fund for two years. Those funds will help states build roads, bridges and transit systems. However, the Scenic Byways Program which brings many tourists along Highway 92 into Crawford is not specifically funded in the bill. Concerned that Colorado might downsize or eliminate the program, Savage suggested writing to Sen. Michael Bennet about the need for the Scenic Byway Program to receive funding. Many tourists stop by Crawford Town Hall to ask for information about the byways. Council approved.
Even though there are wide gaps between the two new doors at town hall, staff would like to have a new secure mailbox in cement. Bruce Bair, public works director, explained the town does not have to provide a drop box for bills. Town hall had a mail slot in the old door for people to drop in their payments. Mayor Susie Steckel said the town should have one since many people drop their payments off on their way to work early in the morning. Bair would like to have it placed in front of the building. Trustee Mike Tiedeman said the security camera should include the drop box area. The council approved the purchase of the safe-like drop box.
Savage attended the Highway Users Trust Fund meeting in Grand Junction. The fund was set up to help support the roads in town. A tax paid when purchasing gas is distributed to towns based on the inventory of their roads. Due to budget cuts, training about the Highway Users Trust Fund is done using teleconferencing technology. The town clerk was quite impressed with the presentation equipment in Grand Junction and explained to the council how a similar system could be used by the Town of Crawford. The mayor asked her to research the cost.
The town is also looking into whether it should be a part of the National Flood Insurance program. In 1974, the Town of Crawford decided not to participate because it is a non-risk area. But, flood insurance would cover drainage issues for two or more houses or properties. Property owners in Crawford can't buy national flood insurance unless the town is involved. The mayor asked Savage to do further research and it will be discussed at the Oct. 17 work session.
Trustee Hetty Todd told the cemetery board it will not be selling its shares of Clipper Ditch. The cemetery will not be put on the certificate of ownership, because the town owns the shares as an asset. The cemetery can continue to have a 10-year lease to use the town's shares.blog comments powered by Disqus