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Cedaredge trustees talk ethics, golf course restaurant

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On Thursday, March 14 the Cedaredge trustees convened early, at 4 p.m. for their work session so they could finish in time to attend the Water 101 presentation.

First they listened to a conflict of interest training on government ethics from Carol Viner. Her presentation covered how to navigate several conflicts of interest such as accepting gifts, recusal on acts that benefit them when they have a special business interest, how to navigate certain communications with constituents and why it's important to know conflicts of interest.

For example, while in office an official cannot accept gifts or special discounts except for a handful of circumstances. An elected official must recuse if his business has substantial interest that an act would benefit him.

"People think you have a conflict or you don't but it gets complicated," said Viner referring to a example. In this case, it was asked if it'd be a conflict of interest for a trustee to vote on a Walmart application if they own a clothing store. It actually wouldn't; conflicts occur if there's a substantial benefit from the act.

Cody from Creekside Café then presented her ideas on taking over the golf course restaurant. Not wanting to compete with her current business she would want to take the Italian food and pizzas from her current menu to the golf course. For lunch she would serve wraps, salads and fancier deli-style sandwiches. The trustees will vote on this next week as they work quickly so she can start.

Just like in Orchard City, Cedaredge is considering joining the other municipalities in the area adopting 2018 building codes. "We're already about 15 years behind [on codes]," said building inspector Bruce Stanley, referring to how the town is on 2006 codes and 2021 codes were recently finalized. By adopting these codes they will look to see what will and won't fit.

The next town council meeting will be on March 21 at 5 p.m. However, the April 16 town council meeting will be moved to earlier, time pending, so the trustees can attend the Water 102 presentation.

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