Resurfacing work on lower Third Street began Tuesday after the Paonia Town Council approved a $286,000 bid by Paonia-based Spring Branch Excavating. They will remove existing asphalt and lay a concrete pad on the section located between Third Street bridge and Grand Avenue.
The six bids considered ranged from $75,000 to patch the surface, to a $394,000 option for a concrete surface. Staff selected Spring Branch because it was the lowest bid for concrete, with a 30-year estimated life-span. Concrete would involve less maintenance and fewer repairs than asphalt and significantly less than a patch.
Funds will come from the town's bridge trade reserves, which were awarded to the town by Delta County when the town agreed to take over maintenance of the Third Street bridge after Highway 187 officially became Grand Avenue. The funds show up on the balance sheet under the town's reserve funds, said Mayor Neal Schwieterman. Under the agreement, those funds can be used by the town "for any transportation project."
A recent audit shows the reserve funds are "very, very healthy," said trustee and finance committee liaison Larry Wissbeck. "It's an excellent use of funds, since it's the entrance to town."
Through traffic is expected to continue, and the project is scheduled for completion in time for July 4 celebrations.
Trustees also approved a letter to U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell regarding oil and gas drilling on public lands. The letter encourages the USDI to secure "a national set of rules for hydraulic fracturing ... on federal public lands," and urges the department and President Obama "... to ensure that our public lands are managed in a balanced way by protecting important resources like the clean and dependable water supplies that allow communities like Paonia to exist."
The letter also states the board's endorsement of the North Fork Alternative Plan "as a comment on the BLM's land use plan revision."
In a motion to approve the letter, trustee Brian Ayers was the sole dissenter; trustee Amber Kleinman was not present.
Trustees also approved a slew of requests for use of Paonia Town Park and special event liquor licenses.
Lonnie Trujillo, commander of American Legion Post 97, requested a special event liquor license for June 15 for the legion's fourth annual Outdoors Alive banquet and fundraiser, which until this year was held at the legion post. The event has outgrown the legion facility, said Trujillo, and will be held at the Paonia Fire Department on 2nd Street. For the building to hold the expected record crowd, fire trucks will be cleared from the building and volunteers will manage parking, said Trujillo.
The legion also requested a special events liquor license for July 3-5, to sell beer and wine at the Ellen Hansen-Smith Teen Center during the annual Cherry Days celebration. The application allows for serving of alcohol from 5-11 p.m. on July 3, and from noon to 11 p.m. July 4 and 5.
Trustees expressed concern that the application's event map shows the liquor license would include the entire park. Legion representatives said that is an error on the application, and that drinking will be limited to the roped-off area at the teen center. Trujillo assured trustees the drinking area will be clearly roped off and policed by fire department volunteers.
Trustees also approved separate motions for park reservation requests and associated special events liquor license applications to public radio station KVNF. The station will host Pickin' Productions' Pickin' in the Park free Summer Concert Series, scheduled for each Wednesday in August, at town park. The park will be reserved from noon to 11 p.m. each concert date, and the permit to serve alcohol is valid from 6-9:30 p.m.
KVNF has also taken over operations of beer and wine concessions during the annual BMW Rally and made a request to reserve the park July 25-27. The concessions will also be used to raise funds for the station.
Trustee Eric Goold refrained from discussion and voting, since he is an employee of KVNF.
Discussion of the town's employee retirement plan was also on the agenda under "unfinished business," but was tabled until the June 11 meeting. "The final documents did not come together as promised," which meant they were not available for legal review, said Schwieterman.
In other business:
Mayor Schwieterman signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 24-31 as "Poppy Week." The American Legion Auxiliary of Post 97 celebrated its annual poppy salute throughout the week. The proclamation stated that since 1922, the event has been endorsed by government leaders, and proceeds benefit veterans and their families.
Trustees approved a letter of support for the countywide Delta County housing program.
Trustees approved use of town park by Kalvin Evans to hold his fitness boot camps. Evans offers the boot camp from 6-8 a.m. on weekdays, and collects a small fee. Classes are small, and the noise level is kept way down, Evans assured trustees.
The issue brought up a discussion as to whether there should be a permit fee for use of the park when fees are collected, as in Evans' case. As per a suggestion by town attorney Jim Briscoe, who was not present, trustees agreed to discuss the issue at a later date, and urged Evans to continue offering the classes.
"This has indeed proved to be popular," said Wissbeck. "Do you have any interest in doing this all summer? I think it's a great use of the park."blog comments powered by Disqus