Sarah Bishop of the Rotary Club of the North Fork Valley gave a report to the Paonia Town Council June 25. On Monday, June 24, Rotarians cleaned up Poulos Park as they do every year right before Cherry Days.
Other than the back table which is continually marred by graffiti, the rest of the park is in fine shape. There have been repeated attempts to clean and repaint the back table, only to have it written on all over again. The Rotarians decided to just sacrifice it and left it as is this year. They do request that a container be put next to the table for extinguishing cigarettes. Hundreds if not thousands of cigarette butts littered the rear of the park.
Any action on the employee retirement plan was tabled by the council until its July 9 meeting. The mayor and trustees needed more time to study a three-page memo from attorney Jim Briscoe and another lengthy document.
Backcountry Bistro located at 210 Third Street requested a hotel/restaurant liquor license. The applicant, Mary George, submitted a petition with 80 signatures of those in favor of the bistro being open in the evening and serving beer, wine, cocktails and tapas, or appetizers. The applicant said the bistro would be open until about 10 p.m. "This will fill a niche," George said.
Linda Little of Third Street Bistro said she had to install a handicap accessible bathroom and other updates. She asked if the Backcountry Bistro would have to do similar improvements. Attorney Jim Briscoe noted that the building official will decide what improvements would have to be done to meet the building code. Little also didn't like the use of the word "bistro" for a restaurant next door.
Speaking in favor of the liquor license was Margot Richardson, who said Backcountry Bistro will have a different atmosphere than other places in town.
Mayor Neal Schwieterman noted that Paonia is known as a destination for restaurants, and he felt that a tapas restaurant would fill that niche very well and will be a wonderful addition to the town.
The council voted unanimous approval for granting the hotel/restaurant liquor license, contingent on a clear background check by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation of the applicant.
Linda Little then requested a liquor license renewal for her Third Street Bistro. The restaurant has been serving the area for 17 years. She handles private parties and will be adding a tapas menu as well. Her request was unanimously approved.
The Cherry Days Committee was represented by Sarah Sauter at the council meeting. The committee was seeking approval for camping at Paonia Town Park by vendors to provide overnight security for their booths during Cherry Days.
Mayor Schwieterman explained that in the past this type of request was handled administratively and did not come before the council. This has also been allowed during the Mountain Harvest Festival. The issue came up four or five years ago, and at that time the mayor and police chief did not view it as camping but providing security for vendor products. The request came to the town as a camping request, so the mayor thought it would be a good idea to bring it before council. Eric Goold, trustee, voted against allowing the overnight stays. The rest of the trustees voted their approval of the overnight camping for security.blog comments powered by Disqus