The Delta Police Department will receive up to $31,000 to investigate unlicensed marijuana cultivation and distribution operations.
Funds for the gray and black market marijuana enforcement grants come from the state's marijuana tax and are allocated by the state legislature through the marijuana enforcement division. Rural areas are one of four funding priorities. The other three are large scale operations, organized crime operations and operations that divert marijuana outside of Colorado.
Chief Luke Fedler said he applied for the grant expecting to receive $3,000 to $4,000, so he was pleased to share the good news with Delta City Council on Jan. 8.
In other business:
• A proclamation declaring School Choice Week in Delta acknowledged the options available for education, including traditional schools, charter schools, private schools, parochial schools, online learning and homeschooling.
• The south window of city hall was designated as the official site for posting meeting notices. Agendas and packets are also available online.
• Annually, the city manager provides an order of succession in the event he is unavailable to manage a disaster emergency. Next in line are the director of parks, recreation and golf; director of public works and utilities; finance director; and chief of police.
• Betsy Suerth, director of public works and utilities, provided an update on a "significant" water break that occurred Friday, Jan. 4. A six-inch line ruptured, creating a mess that spread out from E. 7th Street just north of Cleland Park. Many storm drains were blocked by snow and ice, adding to the problem. While public works crews labored to repair the line, a plow truck and sander were called out to clean up the water. Suerth praised the city workers, who stayed on the job until after 10 p.m. They had to shut off the water to just two homes.
• Because of the government shutdown, city manager David Torgler said prison crews have not been able to work on federal lands. Instead, they've been allocated to the city, more than doubling the number of inmates available to assist with public projects.
• Chief Luke Fedler said a memorandum of understanding with the school district is nearly finalized and he expects to begin interviewing for a school resource officer soon.