A longstanding rift between a current and former elected town official came to a boil at the July 10 meeting of the Paonia Board of Trustees when Mayor Charles Stewart asked law enforcement to escort former trustee Suzanne Watson out of Town Hall.
The ousting came during consideration by the board to submit scoping comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding recently revived oil and gas leases in the North Fork Valley.
The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees will meet twice in May. The board's work session will be held on Thursday, May 10, and the town's regular meeting will take place on Thursday, May 17.
Although the Town of Cedaredge municipal election was cancelled due to lack of candidates, the town's board of trustees has moved forward by declaring three candidates elected to serve four-year terms. Raymond Hanson and Patti Michael will continue as trustees and Catherine Brown will join the board in April as a new member.
Barry Pennell will be sworn in as a trustee for the Town of Paonia at the Aug. 8 board meeting. Pennell will serve until a new board is seated following next April's election, when four seats are set to expire.
The Paonia Board of Trustees is considering changes to its meeting format.
The current board rules and procedures, printed on the back of every agenda, were adopted by the prior board early in 2015.
The Town of Paonia will accept letters of interest from members of the public interested in serving on the board through next April after Trustee Bill Brunner resigned. Letters should be submitted by July 20. Per town ordinance, applicants must be registered voters and have been a resident living within town limits for the past 12 consecutive months. The board has until Aug. 13 to make an appointment or call for an election.
After 45 minutes of arguing motions, amendments, he-said-she-said and a couple of temper tantrums (at one point Mayor Charles Stewart had to give the board an impromptu etiquette lesson on how to decorously address one another), the Paonia board of trustees came to a decision regarding Trustee Bill Brunner, and whether or not he violated Colorado's open meeting laws, town ordinances or the board's Standards of Conduct.
The Paonia Town Board of Trustees is considering sanctions against a trustee after he released a series of board-related emails during a recent public meeting.
At the May 9 board meeting, trustee Bill Brunner provided copies of emails, sent during 2016 and 2017, to the media and the town clerk.
Cedaredge Trustee Larry Smith in a May 1 letter has submitted his resignation from the town board effective May 15. His current term runs until April 2018.
Smith told the DCI that he felt his extensive travel schedule was taking too much time away from his duties as trustee.
Following a Nov. 1 review with the town's attorney, Cedaredge's agreement to buy out Upper Surface Creek water users' (USC) interest in the town water utility is scheduled to be acted on by the town board on Nov. 17.
Trustees met in an executive session on the matter with attorney Stephen Harper at a Nov. 1 work session.
At the Nov. 2 council meeting, Crawford trustees unanimously approved three donations totaling $1,137. The donations were all included in the town's 2016 budget.
The Cedaredge Town Board will meet this month to act on issues relating to town finances.
Included in the action items for that session are two loans that have been made to the golf course fund from other town funds.
Orchard City trustees held their first work session for the 2017 budget on Sept. 21. In addition to reviewing department spending proposals, trustees discussed donations the town may make next year.
The Town of Paonia Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 5) to discuss proposed comments by the town regarding the Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office draft Resource Management Plan.
A proposal for directly subsidizing the Cedaredge Golf Course with as much as $145,380 from taxpayers and from sewer and water ratepayers is under consideration by the town board as it begins its budget talks.
Under the proposal, trustees would transfer $15,000 in cash from both the sewer and water funds to the golf course.
A full council of six trustees was seated last Thursday night, May 12, and the Hotchkiss Town Council administrated its way through some 20 line items on the agenda.
Every seat in town hall was full when the meeting began at 6:30 but all had emptied by the time the meeting concluded nearly two-and-a-half hours later.
In facing a decision between an incumbent board member who was not re-elected and a candidate who narrowly missed being elected, the Paonia Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Chelsea Bookout as trustee.
Bookout was among nine candidates vying for three board seats in the April 5 election, and was four votes shy of winning a seat.
The Orchard City Town Board has appointed Gary Tollefson, a 38-year resident of the community, to fill a trustee vacancy.
Tollefson was a U.S. Forest Service employee for 23 years before retiring, he said during his interview on May 11.
Prior to the seating of the new board at the April 26 meeting, Paonia trustees addressed sidewalk repairs. In 2013, voters approved a $3 monthly fee for construction and repair of sidewalks. The fee started in January 2014, and sunsets December 2024. It brings in about $30,000 per year for sidewalk repair and replacement.
With 60 days from the April 26 meeting to appoint a trustee, just what process the board will use has yet to be determined.
The vacancy was created when trustee and mayor pro tem Charles Stewart resigned after being elected mayor in the April 5 election.
The Orchard City Town Board met in special session April 20 for a changing of the guard as newly elected trustees and mayor accepted their oaths of office and assumed their positions on the town board.
Mayor Ken Volgamore's election by voters to mayor halfway through his four-year trustee term has left one more vacancy on the town board.
A new Cedaredge mayor and three new town trustees recited their oaths of office and began work on a long evening's business agenda during the town board's regular April 21 meeting.
Outgoing Mayor Pat Means was honored with a testimonial from her successor, Gene Welch, and with a plaque honoring her service to the town.
After an election that couldn't have been any closer, the Town of Crawford swore in its new trustees and mayor April 20 at Crawford Town Hall.
Wanda Gofforth defeated Gill Saunders by one vote, 61-60, and won the mayor's seat.
After newly elected trustees and mayor Charles Stewart are sworn in next Tuesday, the Paonia Board of Trustees will need to appoint a person to the board to complete the remaining two years of Stewart's four-year term. Just how that appointment will be made has yet to be determined, but several citizens and some of the sitting trustees believe the decision should be left up to the voters, and not to the board, to decide.
Giving final approval to the annual agreement with Field of Dreams for organized youth sports use at Orchard City Town Park was the major business item on the agenda for town trustees on April 13.
The town board's business item gave occasion for the trustees and the youth sports organization's president to exchange appreciation for each other's efforts on behalf of the area's youth sports.
Cedaredge town staff updated trustees on activities as 2015 came to a close. The following excerpts on activities are taken from recent reports that have been submitted by staff.
The Cedaredge Town Board has doubled the monthly paychecks for trustees and increased the mayor's pay while saying it isn't a raise.
Under the plan adopted as Ordinance 2015-10 on Dec. 10, the next members elected to the board of trustees will get 100 percent more money for their service than current trustees do.
In drafting its proposed Ordinance 2015-10, town staff endeavored to keep individual elected officials' names out of the document.
However, issues are so intertwined that a generalized wording was found to be impossible.
In April's municipal election at Orchard City, there will be four trustee seats up for election -- three with four-year terms and one with a two-year term -- along with the mayoral seat.
Orchard City town clerk Melissa Oelke announced at the trustees' Dec. 9 meeting that candidate petition packets for the upcoming April elections will be available right after the first of the year.
Following almost three months of special meetings, budget hearings and public input, the Town of Paonia passed a balanced 2016 budget and ordinances for water, sewer and garbage rate increases at its Dec. 8 meeting of the board of trustees.
All ordinances, which were passed under emergency measures, were required to pass by a three-fourths majority, and fee increases will be retroactive to Dec. 1.
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