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Cedaredge trustees discuss liquor tasting regulations

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The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a work session on Thursday, Dec. 6. Typically the trustees meet for work sessions on the second Thursday of each month and for regular meetings on the third Thursday of each month but December's meetings were adjusted to allow for the upcoming holidays.

The purpose of a work session is to discuss town business in a public setting and to preview items to be acted on at the next regular meeting. During last work session's meeting the trustees and town staff discussed three items which will appear as action items at their Dec. 13 regular meeting.

The first discussion item was a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan. The plan concerns proactive efforts made by area communities and special districts to take steps to mitigate hazards as a way of lessening the impact of a future disaster. An example is the practice of clearing brush around structures to mitigate the impact of a future wildfire. The plan is multi-jurisdictional because prospective disasters can occur across jurisdictions. In the event of a disaster, having a plan in place also makes it more efficient for affected jurisdictions to apply for federal assistance through agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The hazard mitigation plan was first developed in 2008 with input from Cedaredge and neighboring communities as well as district entities such as local and neighboring fire districts. On Dec. 13, the trustees will receive a formal presentation on efforts to update the 2008 plan and the trustees will be asked to approve a resolution adopting the updated plan.

The second item discussed at last week's work session was a proposed change in the way the town determines building permit fees. Under the town's current procedure, a contractor submits an estimated cost of materials and the town then doubles that figure to establish a valuation and applies fees accordingly. Greg Brinck, town administrator, and Bruce Stanley, Cedaredge building inspector, proposed maintaining that option for setting fees for remodeling building permits but adopting a different procedure for new construction. Their suggestion for new construction is to learn the square footage of the proposal construction then set a valuation figure by using a nationally-established per-square-foot cost provided and regularly updated by the International Code Council (ICC). The trustees expressed interest in the proposed change and emphasized that it should be adopted as soon possible but with a delayed implementation date so as to give notice of the change to contractors.

The final item discussed last week was a proposed ordinance governing the conduct of liquor tastings to be held in town liquor stores. At present, Cedaredge liquor stores cannot host liquor tasting events unless they bring in an outside vendor who has a license which allows that vendor to provide such events. The proposed ordinance, which will be further discussed and acted upon on Dec. 13, would require that liquor stores notify the town of a proposed liquor tasting event and the ordinance also establishes rules for such events. Rules include requiring that employees conducting the tasting complete server training, limiting the number of events held annually and weekly, and limiting their duration. The proposed ordinance is similar to one already in force in Delta and it is also consistent with state statutes governing liquor tasting.

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