Nine area ag producers looking into the future now for more efficient farming methods have signed up for the USDA soil health program in the Uncompahgre Valley, the Orchard City Town Board was told on Oct. 10.
Two of the producer operations are in Delta County and seven are in Montrose County.
Delta County Economic Development is partnering with the Montrose area economic development group to administer the program.
The program will make almost $346,000 available this year to program participants for installing and monitoring the effectiveness of soil health management practices, said Tom Huerkamp, DCED board member. The program runs for three years.
The $40,000 annual cost for program administration has been helped with a $20,000 donation from DMEA, Huerkamp said.
His presentation was part of a programs review and funding request to the town board. He asked for $1,000 from the town budget to fund DCED operations and programs. During his presentation, Huerkamp reviewed other projects DCED has been involved with over the past few years.
The trustees will consider donation requests during budget workshop sessions. The town budget is adopted in December.
In other business at the board's Oct. 10 meeting, the following matters were dealt with:
• Final plat for the Benson Storage subdivision was approved.
• Trustees approved a liquor license renewal for Delirious Liquors.
•The board approved a budget expenditure of $10,000 for a "re-codification" of town statutes.
• The water committee explained the need for a $1,000 payout to consultant SGM. The money will be used for in-depth research on a "Tank Hill water storage improvements" project. "The town needs a more specific proposal (from the contractor) on the project," explained Mayor Don Suppes.
• The parks committee reported that $1,250 will be spent for a picnic table in the Town Hall gazebo.
• The public works department's "leak of the week" occurred in Austin the week of Oct. 8. Water was shut down there for a good part of the day before repairs were made.
• Trustees confirmed expenditure of $1,800 to train town hall staff on managing the town web site. Training will be telephone based.blog comments powered by Disqus