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Citizens complain about irregular work sessions

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Crawford Town Council met May 1 for its regular meeting before an audience of seven.

The first non-agenda item on the docket concerned three mobile homes that are uninhabited (and uninhabitable) and that pose safety and public health concerns. The trustees authorized the disposal of the structures, citing the town's public nuisance ordinance.

Cally Gallegos, the town clerk, updated the board about progress on hiring an engineer for the DOLA funded capital improvement plan. The grant will cover the $46,767 cost.The funding will cover an asset inventory and GIS mapping for Crawford. SGM, a company based in Gunnison, submitted a bid and will complete the work.

Gallegos informed council that a Delta County flood study will include Crawford.

She also reminded citizens that town crews will be picking up items for the annual spring cleanup on May 13, 14 and 15.

Bruce Bair, speaking of the upcoming work on the sidewalk in front of the town hall, informed council that there is a $18,325 shortfall of funding for the project. Bair offered the option of proceeding in phases until the project is completed. However, the trustees agreed to pursue other funding avenues to complete the project in its entirety due to safety and liability issues. The work will begin next week.

Bair also reported on pending improvements on the town's crosswalks. CDOT will install several ADA (Americans with Disabilities) compliant crosswalks in town and appropriate signage. The new evaporative coolers in the community room are also slated to be installed in time for summer.

Bair sent out a hearty thank you to Delta County Commissioner Roeber and Delta County for their $20,000 donation to the new, improved sidewalk.

After this flurry of construction updates and projects, the meeting ended on a combative note, with some present objecting to the lack of regular work sessions. Mayor Gofforth stated that work sessions were scheduled as needed.

Some present felt that work sessions should be just as consistently scheduled as council meetings.

That said, a work session is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, to clarify the council's approach to its work session policy. Also on the agenda is discussion of Ordinance 2019-02, relating to removing term limits which was approved by voters in 2002.

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