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City intends to put property sale or swap on the ballot

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The City of Delta has notified the Delta County clerk and recorder of its intention to participate in the coordinated election to take place in November.

The decision was made July 24, during the council's last scheduled meeting prior to the deadline for notifying the clerk.

Council is considering the sale and/or swap of city property, either of which must be approved by taxpayers. Details are still being discussed among council members, who have until Sept. 4 to finalize the wording on the ballot.

The cost to the city is estimated at $10,000, depending on how many other municipalities and special districts participate in the election.

Also at the July 24 meeting, council members interviewed three candidates for the Delta Housing Authority board. Eddie Sanford was re-elected to a second term; Kerry Champion Williams was named to fill a second vacancy. Williams, a resident of Villas at the Bluff, told council members she has a personal appreciation for the Delta Housing Authority.

At the recommendation of city attorney David McConaughy, city council signed off on a settlement agreement between the Hanke family and the Esplin family. The city, DMEA and Delta County all had an interest in the civil lawsuit by virtue of various easements and rights-of-way on F25 Road.

A boundary adjustment was approved for property adjoining Confluence Drive. The boundary adjustment re-establishes an alleyway and creates a city-owned lot that will be offered for sale. The city is in the process of obtaining appraisals for the lot.

The regular meeting wrapped up with a philosophical discussion among council members about the city's "identity" and making Delta a more desirable place to live and work.

During a work session prior to the meeting, council and staff visited with Mark and Cheryl Husmann, owners of Smiling Aviation, the fixed base operators at Blake Field, about the possible annexation of the county-owned airport. The Husmanns are enthused about the growth of the airport and fear city restrictions could hamper their ability to compete with Montrose and Grand Junction.

Council is hesitant to provide the level of utility service the airport needs to accommodate future growth without annexation. Discussions continue about an airport overlay district that would create zoning regulations specific to the airport.

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