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Cedaredge trustees tackle annual housekeeping items

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Joining for a public hearing and regular meeting on Jan. 17, the Cedaredge board of trustees tackled many first-of-the-year housekeeping items.

At the public hearing, both Blake Bynum of Cedaredge Foodtown and Codi Nelson of Creekside Café requested liquor license modifications. Foodtown is expanding its sales space for malt liquor. Creekside Café is adding outside dining space.

These two modifications passed during the regular meeting. Treasurer Patti Michael and trustee Robert Michael abstained from voting for Foodtown due to conflict of interest.

To start the regular meeting, trustee Robert Michael presented an update on the planning and zoning commission. The commission is still working on the tiny homes discussion.

Among several housekeeping items were annual updates from the Cedaredge Tree Board and Surface Creek Animal Shelter. Jim Leser has been Tree Board president since 2010. The Tree Board partnered with the fifth grade class to celebrate Arbor Day in town park. For Sick Tree Day the members visited about 15 yards. An Applefest booth had activities like weed identification and members handed out seed packets.

With five members the board volunteered over $6,000 in work value. They also invested an average $5 (minimum $2) per capita either as money and/or sweat equity.

In 2019 they plan to include a tour of the arboretum, complete a revision of the suggested tree planting publication, recertify Cedaredge as a Tree City USA for its 26th year, install understory landscape in last year's Arbor Day tree planting bed and more.

After Leser, Nelson spoke on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce. Applefest booth applications will be available in February.

Jacki Dapkus with SCAS shared the nonprofit-s 2018 report next.

"Clearly the big deal for 2018 was the building," she said. "We are so thrilled to be in the new space."

Dapkus reviewed the statistics of intakes, transfers and adoptions from 2018. In total, SCAS took in 147 dogs and 197 cats. A large number of cat/kitten adoptions are done through Grand Junction and Montrose via Petco and Petsmart. In total, 69 dogs and 162 cats/kittens were adopted from the shelter. SCAS returns approximately 70 percent of stray dogs back to their owners.

Moving to finances, treasurer Patti Michael reported the town collected 103.9 percent of budget revenues and spent 91.5 percent of budgeted expenditures in 2018.

In the work session, town administrator Greg Brinck said he would see about resolving the Western Gravel Constructors budget change but given the short notice it will instead come before the board in February.

The wage increases in the 2019 budget went into effect on Jan. 5. Patrol officers received a $2/hour wage increase.

Also under administration, public works co-director Scott Lock reported 97.5 hours of snow lowing in 2018. During the winter of 2018, there were only four hours. The Park Reservoir, at the time of the meeting, sat at 13.6 inches, about 5 inches short of a standard year.

With all the snow and cold temperatures more people are experiencing frozen lines. Lock recommended that citizens open their sink cabinet doors and let the faucet drop into a pitcher during the night to help prevent burst pipes when the temperature dips below freezing.

In the morning simply pour the pitcher onto house plants or on a tree outside.

Next the trustees approved the annual memorandums of understanding for storage sheds of the Grand Mesa VFW Post 9221 and the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club.

Local retail liquor stores will now be able to offer alcoholic beverage tastings due to the passing of a state mandated ordinance amending the municipal code.

Lastly trustees approved the meeting posting place to be the east window of the front door to town hall. A second resolution listed the streets in town.

The trustees decided to table the third resolution regarding building permit fees until February since it was not posted on the website for the public.

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