The first order of business at the Hotchkiss Town Council meeting on Oct. 10 was to conduct a public hearing on the Tullis Minor Subdivision.
Linda Tullis, property owner, appeared for the second time before the council.
She said the goal of the minor subdivision was to separate Parcel One of the lot where an existing house is located and Parcel Two, a flat vacant section of land. A deep gully separates the two parcels. The property is located near Cedar Drive. Tullis wants to donate a triangular piece of land to the Town of Hotchkiss. That piece currently has town easements on it.
The corner survey has been completed. Tullis said there is still some uncertainty about the exact location of the irrigation line on the east side of the property. There is no power to Parcel Two. There are a variety of options to get power to Parcel Two.
Jim Briscoe, town attorney, suggested it would be wise to have a utility easement on the south side of Parcel One.
Mike Owens, public works director, said Parcel Two could get water from the line on Cottonwood.
Tullis said power and water for Parcel Two would have to be decided at the time of construction or sale. The gully will always be undeveloped. The parcels are located in residential zoning, not agricultural.
The council voted to approve the Tullis Minor Subdivision with a minimum 20-foot utility easement added at the owner's discretion to access Parcel Two. The town also accepted the triangular piece of land, identified as Parcel One-A, to fulfill the 10 percent requirement for open space.
Tammy Smith, who is an incumbent running for re-election to the school district board, spoke to the council. She said the school board election is about kids. She has been on the school board for four years. The board is encouraging everyone to vote. All registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot.
She was asked about Amendment 66. Proponents have been running numerous television ads. Smith said the amendment would provide more funds for Delta County schools but with increased taxes. She gave out an information sheet listing pros and cons.
Mike Mason is running for Smith's board position in District Four. Ron Germann and Gary Coats are running in District One. Jan Tuin is running unopposed in District Five.
The Hotchkiss Town Council approved its annual $500 donation for the Community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Both dinners are open to the public and held at the Hotchkiss Senior Center. Larry Jakubiak oversees the community outreach each holiday season. Last year about 100 came for dinner on Thanksgiving and about 80 for Christmas.
The trustees voted to adopt a resolution to support an increase in the E-911 monthly charge to telephone users. Newer equipment must be purchased so the 911 system will be digital. The increase being asked for is 30 cents. The monthly charge would increase from 70 cents to one dollar. The Town of Hotchkiss will write a letter of support for the increase. The Public Utilities Commission will have to give final approval on the increase for Delta County.blog comments powered by Disqus