Meeting in regular session on Oct. 18, the Cedaredge Board of Trustees approved the appointment of a new town attorney, replacing Steve Harper of Hotchkiss who will soon retire from that position. Carol Viner of the Montrose-based firm of Masters & Viner was approved by the trustees with trustee Dayton Myers abstaining because he was not present when the trustees conducted interviews of prospective applicants. Viner's appointment will be effective Nov. 1.
Mitchell Gronenthal was appointed to the town's planning and zoning commission. Gronenthal, who moved to Cedaredge in 2012, stated that he is committed to the community. He is already active in local affairs as president of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a member of the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center advisory board and the Little Sprouts Community Preschool's board. He is co-owner and operator of Reve Portraits in Cedaredge.
The trustees also approved alterations to the planning commission's bylaws which changed the group's meeting time and stipulated that any member who misses three meetings during a calendar year can be removed.
Chief Dan Sanders reported that police have been busy with routine enforcements and required training. The department's K-9 has been particularly active in area investigations and the working animal has also been introduced to local service groups.
Tigger and the dog's handler, Officer Nolan Davis, recently visited the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Cedaredge. Chief Sanders invited other area community groups to contact the police department if they are interested in having a K-9 visit.
The Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department's annual chili cook-off held during Applefest served nearly 700 diners and raised over $10,000. The money will go directly to purchasing firefighting gear used by volunteer firefighters.
A 5k walk/run event entitled "Back the Blue" will be held on Nov. 15 to raise funds for the police department.
Town administrator Greg Brinck reported that efforts to extend the Surface Creek Trail westward are continuing. The original deadline to obtain a donation from the Deer Creek Villages HOA has been extended from March to September 2019.