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Orchard City adopts constituent time policy

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At the regular monthly meeting of the Town of Orchard City Board of Trustees on Nov. 8, Ed Kissner and Dan Sanders, representing the Field of Dreams sports complex, expressed their appreciation for the support of the town. Field of Dreams runs summer baseball, softball and soccer as well as various sports throughout the year. Most of the young people in Orchard City are involved in many of these activities, with participation from the surrounding areas of Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Delta. The teams compete within the county as well as traveling to Montrose, Crested Butte and Nucla.

Doug Keller stated his opinion that the recent town hall meeting on roads was successful. He hopes that a meeting on water issues will be held soon. Keller offered to provide solutions on funding the road situations. There was no response to this offer from the board. Keller also requested a response from the town on a letter he submitted in August.

Under new business, trustee Tom Huerkamp read a proclamation declaring November Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

A resolution on public meeting guidelines was presented by trustee Bob Eckels. The resolution was approved as amended by the board.

The guidelines outline the order of business for the trustees' monthly meetings. Anyone desiring to make a presentation to the board is asked to contact the town administrator in advance.

Constituents are asked to sign the roster if they wish to comment on any item on the agenda. Comments are limited to three minutes, and no speaker may yield his time to another. Comments are to be directed to the board, not the audience. Members of the audience shall refrain from expressions of support or opposition such as clapping, whistling, cheering, speaking out or yelling. Disruptive behavior will result in expulsion from the meeting.

Arianna Sherman from AmeriCorps will be in Delta County for nine months providing information and training on opioid addiction. Her efforts will include education, public awareness, provider education and a facilitated plan to take back unused medications. She may be reached by email, arianna@wcahec.org.

The planning commission approved a boundary adjustment regarding Parcel A, Carolyn and Tanner Reed/Al Reed. A re-plat regarding the Pill Hill Subdivision Lot 4 received preliminary approval contingent on completion of the final requirements.

Trustee Eckels reported for the water committee. The treatment plan report was reviewed. The water audit chart is within acceptable range for leakage. A GIS labeling system is in process which will enable location of all lines and meters within the town.

Trustee Huerkamp reported DCED has hired a new executive director. The county has authorized an additional $15,000 for salaries for next year. At the close of the meeting, he also expressed his thanks for the recent vote on the ambulance district.

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