Work to balance Cedaredge budget continues
By Hank Lohmeyer
Published Thursday, September 22, 2016 8:05 am
Cedaredge town administration and board are trying to work through budget issues. A big projected general fund deficit has been trimmed, but more work needs done.
The big funding shortage, estimated at $350,000 in the general fund two weeks ago, has been trimmed to a deficit of $180,000 as of last week, according to town documents. Cuts have been made in department spending requests. Also, big cash transfers to the golf course from other funds including water fund, sewer fund, and the general fund have been proposed to achieve overall balance as well.
Mayor pro-tem Ray Hanson said, "We need to get real sharp with our pencils at the next [budget work] session."
Town administrator Katie Sickles said, "We have some pretty serious work to do."
In other business at its regular Sept. 15 meeting, the Cedaredge Town Board dealt with the following matters:
• The town administrator announced that golf course grounds superintendent Adam Conway has left Cedaredge to accept a position at Black Canyon Golf Course at Montrose.
• The public works department reported that blue dye is being used in its herbicide spray around town so that residents will know the department is working on the problem and can keep pets away from sprayed areas if desired.
• Trustees welcomed District #2 commissioner candidate Mark Eckhart for some constituent comments at the meeting's end.
• The police chief reported nine applicants for an open position in the department.
•Public works reported good success with an epoxy product used to repair areas in the smooth finished concrete of the skate park. Upgrades to the electrical service in Town Park have been completed in time for AppleFest as well.
• The town administrator gave notice that final payment to contractors for some of the work at the new sewer treatment plant is being made. The plant is expected to be "complete, complete" before year's end, she said.
• There are still three vacancies on the town planning commission.
• Trustees discussed a citizen petition requesting a four-way stop be established at 7th and Cedar. The police chief reported that the intersection is not a safety hazard and trustees were cool to the idea. No action was taken.
• The trustees approved a liquor license renewal for Mesa Liquor Store.
• The town is working on municipal bond issuance paid for with revenues from water bills that would roll some current liabilities into a single $2.3 million instrument at a lower interest rate. Included in the package would be money owed for new water lines in town under a current USDA Rural Development loan and an additional $175,000 to purchase Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association's 20 percent interest in the town water collection and treatment utility.