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On a 3-2 vote, Glen Black, community development director for the City of Delta, was named interim city manager during the March 17 city council meeting.
Black will serve in that capacity while the city searches for a replacement for Justin Clifton, who has accepted a job in Sedona, Ariz. Clifton’s last day as Delta city manager is April 8.
Thefts are up in both the City of Delta and in unincorporated areas of Delta County, a trend Chief Robert Thomas and Sheriff Fred McKee say is tied to drug usage.
“We have a meth problem,” Chief Thomas told council members during a work session last week.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton visited Delta last week, drawing a small audience that included county officials, hospital administrators and a handful of citizens. Rep. Tipton said the community meetings help “humanize” the legislative actions in Washington, D.C. Through the eyes of participants, he has an opportunity to see how federal rules and regulations are impacting the residents of the 3rd Congressional District.
Discussion touched on coal and alternative energy sources such as hydropower, transportation and the federal payment in lieu of taxes program, or PILT. This federal payment is intended to offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable federal lands within the county. In Delta County, 56 percent of the land is federal, and therefore not taxable, but PILT payments are not always fully funded. Rep. Tipton said PILT payments are an obligation of the federal government, and local entities should be able to count on the revenue. “You have to know how much is coming, when it’s coming,” he told the county commissioners. “It should be a line item in the budget.”
Cedaredge’s public hearing March 12 on loosening its ban against “marijuana product manufacturing facilities” brought out a community response resoundingly against allowing the manufacture of marijuana edibles at a plant to operate within Cedaredge. There were no comments in support of the proposal.
The town board had unanimously adopted a ban on recreational marijuana businesses in September 2013.
Mayor Pat Means told the DCI that the public hearing on modifying the ban to allow a marijuana infused foods plant in town was held to accommodate “a couple of trustees” who wanted to hear from the public on the issue.