The Paonia Town Council met on Tuesday, Jan. 14, for the first meeting of the new year.
The first item on the agenda was an update from Paonia High School.
Happening at the same time as the council meeting was the awards banquet for the 1A state championship football team. Fall sports have begun including wrestling and basketball. Their Knowledge Bowl team will compete on Jan. 25. The speech team had a meet on Jan. 18. The student council is starting a food drive.
Mayor Neal Schwieterman read a proclamation making Tuesday, Jan. 14, Paonia Eagle Football Appreciation Day. The proclamation states that "Brent McRae performs a vital public service as Paonia High School football coach." He coached the team to a 12-1 record with seven athletes named to All Conference First Team and four Honorable Mentions. The football team won the championship title for 2013 which was the first time since 1969. McRae was named State Coach of the Year. Taylor Walters was named Paonia Football Player of the Year. The mayor read the proclamation at the awards banquet dinner prior to the council meeting.
Mayor Schwieterman announced that Charter Communications, which took over the cable service from Bresnan, has raised customer rates. The company states the higher rates will help it to improve overall service. The broadcasting surcharge will be raised from $2.36 to $3.50 and the Legacy Limited Basic Package will be raised from $53.74 to $57.99.
The council approved its first resolution of the year designating Paonia Town Hall at 214 Grand Avenue as the town's official posting place for town notices.
Michael Drake represented the Paonia Chamber of Commerce for three special event liquor license requests. All three will be held at the Paradise Theatre on Feb. 2 from 2-11 p.m., Feb. 15 from 6-11 p.m. and March 21 from 6-11 p.m. The mayor noted that the premise plan submitted did include the utility closet. This is a running joke concerning the Paradise Theatre. Some premise plans include the closet and some don't. It seems to always warrant a comment or two.
Drake explained that Pickin' Productions is bringing in Lucius on Feb. 15 and Lake Street Dive on March 21 for concerts. Feb. 2 is Super Bowl Sunday. The council approved all three.
Drake also represented the Stewart Mesa Water Company which was next on the agenda. They asked the town for a letter of support. The town provides water to the Stewart Mesa Water Company. "We may be your oldest partner in water," he said. The relationship has not always been friendly in the past, but is now. The letter states, "The effort proposed will not only increase their system's reliability and sustainability, but also will define specific critical areas for future improvement efforts. Additionally, the Town of Paonia is very interested in the defining of the [Stewart Mesa Water Company] system criteria required to provide water for [effective] support of firefighting in this area just southwest of the town."
The council approved the letter of support.blog comments powered by Disqus