Fourth graders at Hotchkiss K-8 have been studying about how town councils work. On Thursday, Feb. 13 they walked to the Hotchkiss Town Hall and met and listened to Mayor Wendell Koontz, public works director Mike Owens, deputy Ryan Sparks, town clerk Marlene Searle and deputy town clerk Tami Smith.
They left with handouts on water, a copy of the U.S. Constitution and a sucker.
The fourth graders are in the classes of Kathryn Oxford and Tucker Moore. The students were full of questions for the town leaders.
Mayor Koontz displayed a map of town limits to show how Hotchkiss had grown over 115 years.
Mike Owens gave the students handouts about water. The handouts included activity sheets and an experiment that could be done at school or at home. The public works department provides domestic water for town residents all the way up to Hanson Mesa, Barrow Mesa, Rogers Mesa and part of Powell Mesa. The town's water comes from Leroux Creek.
Deputy Ryan Sparks of the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office said he walks through Hotchkiss K-8 with deputy Gates Shaklee, who stopped by to visit with the kids as well. Sparks said the officers look for bad guys so the students can
be safe. He showed what equipment he carries with him and in the patrol car.
Marlene Searle explained the administrative duties that are done at town hall. She shared about the town budget. The money in the budget belongs to the people in Hotchkiss. As of the 2010 census 974 people live in town.
Deputy town clerk Tami Smith showed the former grade school in Hotchkiss built in 1910 which is now Timbers Apartments. Smith attended that school when her family moved to Hotchkiss.blog comments powered by Disqus