Included in the 2014 budget document for the Town of Paonia was a list from each department of 2013 accomplishments.
Personnel was credited with maintaining sustained efforts to ensure that staff levels and compensation are adequate to recruit and retain qualified employees.
To that end four vacancies were filled in the public works department and for the deputy clerk position. A Department of Local Affairs grant was received to help hire a town manager. Public works director Travis Loberg now has final licensing and was awarded the ORC position for the water and wastewater treatment plants. The former finance officer was sentenced for theft and the town is pursuing a civil action in the case.
Administration listed among its accomplishments a new facilities agreement with the school district; approved removal of invasive weeds from town property by the Delta Conservation District; deferral of BLM oil and gas leases; support of the North Fork Valley Alternative Plan for the BLM's revised Resource Management Plan; support of the Creative Coalition, Heart and Soul and Paonia High School Improvements. New flood plain regulations were approved. The town approved funding for the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District.
The Paonia Police Department now has an investigator to review and process felony cases and added a part-time code enforcement officer. The department is the leading agency in Delta County for animal control response. The police developed an updated Emergency Safety Plan with the schools and increased their interaction with students by their increased presence at the schools and at school events. The police has increased foot patrols on Grand Avenue. The police continued speed studies.
Public works reported they repaired Third Street's sewer, culvert and concrete and repaired a culvert on Second Street. Third Street engineering was completed. A request for proposal was issued for trash services and determined to not be affordable at this time. The department purchased a semi pull truck and trailer, an aerator, three skid steer attachments and a hand-held meter reader. A request for proposal was issued for park maintenance. Parking lines were painted on Grand Avenue. Manholes were lined.
The Conservation Trust Fund paid for children's play structures and a covered volleyball court. Park trees were trimmed.
The Capital Improvement Fund was used to cover the town's portion of the repavement of the taxiway and parking at the airport; town hall energy audit was completed and reviewed; sewer lines were imaged to identify infiltration and other problems; Third Street manholes were rehabbed; the Town of Paonia gave North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District $10,000 for the repair of the Apple Valley tennis courts; Lamborn Mesa spring was repaired; remote meters were purchased. The police department received three new spotlights and officer chairs. A request for proposal for engineering Third Street from Grand to the railroad tracks was awarded.blog comments powered by Disqus