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Cedaredge sees 6 percent increase in sales tax

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Photo by Emy Lynn Roque Cisneros Mayor Gene Welch (left) presented the November 2018 Hos- pice and Palliative Care Month proclamation to Nancy Hovde (right), HopeWest community development director, at the Nov. 15 Cedaredge meeting of the trustees.

At the Cedaredge Board of Trustees regular session, Mayor Gene Welch declared November 2018 Hospice and Palliative Care Month in Cedaredge. "This is an opportunity to show appreciation for HopeWest," said Welch.

While giving a short presentation, HopeWest representative Nancy Hovde urged, "We need a lot more volunteers." Last year HopeWest served 278 hospice patients in Delta County.

"We try to make hospice about living, not about dying," she said.

Hovde recognized how trustee Catherine Brown volunteers at Heirlooms for Hospice, which helps fund services such as grief counseling.

While Phil Ellsworth already received his proclamation as Cedaredge poet laureate, he was again recognized at the meeting. "Phil is a rare treasure for the Town of Cedaredge," the letter declared, referring to the work Ellsworth has done to encourage writing and poetry in the area.

Nick Streza from the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce reported an increased interest in memberships. The annual meeting is scheduled for January. He voiced appreciation for town administrator Greg Brinck's attendance at the chamber meetings.

The treasurer's report clarified that while the water fund may look like revenue was made from drought fees, the extra money instead is from a grant and loan. The $125,474.89 will help pay for the Highway 65 water line replacement project.

Sales tax is up from the previous year by almost six percent, which is a good sign. Because leftover funds exist in capital improvement, Mayor Pro Tem Ray Hanson motioned to reallocate up to $10,000 from the 2019 budget for a new server and tower to the 2018 budget. "I don't want us to be left blind [if they go down]," he said. Everyone agreed.

A public hearing on the 2019 budget will be Thurs- day, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. A draft is available at town hall or online at cedaredgecolorado. com by scrolling down.

Scott Lock, public works co-director, reported progress on the waterline project and several repairs such as the boiler in town hall. "I hope we see snow soon," he said, refer- ring to the ready plows and sanders.

Chief Dan Sanders and the police department have been busy training the K-9 unit and visiting the Cedaredge schools. "It's impactful when students notice flaws in [school] security," he said.

The Parade of Lights is Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. Trustees and staff will hand out apple cider and cookies at town hall.

The memorandum of understanding between the town and Surface Creek Animal Shelter was updated to reflect its name change. Essentially this document explains how animals are processed at the shelter after being picked up by the police or animal control.

The trustees approved a purchasing policy giving town staff authority to make a purchase of under $5,000 that may or may not be in the budget. Above $5,000 needs approval.

The grant application for grey/black market marijuana enforcement was approved. This grant provides grants to local law enforcement to cover costs for investigation and prosecution of unlicensed marijuana cultivation and distribution operations.

Changes to the water and sewer tap rebate program and the water and waste- water utility relief program were approved. The rebate program was reduced from $2,500 to $1,500. The relief program was restructured earlier this year and will continue assisting those in financial hardship. There are several requirements to receive aid.

The HOA trail ordinance and ENGAGE Delta County memorandum of understanding were pulled from the agenda due to changes needing to be made.

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