Study session held to clean up water ordinance

By Tamie Meck


In a special study session held Jan. 12, the Paonia Board of Trustees began the process of cleaning up language associated with the town's emergency water ordinance, which was adopted Dec. 8.

The ordinance was adopted under emergency measures and prior to addressing the specific language within the ordinance due to time constraints and the fact that the financial portion of the document had to be adopted in order to meet the requirements of the 2016 budget.

"We worked on this for months," said trustee David Bradford. "It got down to the end where we had to have parts of it approved in order to move ahead with the budget."

Among the changes, trustees agreed to remove unnecessary references including "recreational vehicle," "recreational vehicle park and space." Also removed were references to "accessory building," "seasonal rate" and "special use and seasonal rate," since they don't apply to the ordinance or town code, said town manager Jane Berry. "We have no RV, we have no RV park. Water service connections are to permanent ... units."

In the hour and a half of discussion, trustees were able to address only half of the 13-page document. The process will continue at a later date. The meeting will be posted on the town website, townof

paonia.com. Copies of the draft are available at town hall during regular business hours.