Mayor pro-tem Ron Austin conducted the Dec. 19 meeting of the Delta City Council in the absence of Mayor Ed Sisson. Council member Bill Raley was also absent, so with Gerald Roberts and Christopher Ryan, there were just enough council members on hand to constitute a quorum.
Acquisition of 144 Delta-Montrose Electric Association customers was approved as part of a long-range plan to increase the number of city residents on the municipal light and power system. The customers are located along Highway 92 just east of the Highway 92/50 intersection and on north Highway 50.
The total cost of $305,843, including $268,132 for facilities, falls well below the budgeted amount of $620,000.
Adam Suppes, electric department superintendent, said the city's new customers will see average savings of 11 percent over DMEA rates.
Council members unanimously agreed to a rezoning request for 1726, 1728 and 1730 E. 3rd Street. Changing the designation from R-1A to MR (medical residential) supports the vision of the city's comprehensive plan and was recommended by the Delta Planning Commission.
A resolution encouraging the state Legislature to reauthorize the Colorado Lottery Division also received unanimous approval. State law provides that lottery profits be allocated to the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund, 50 percent; the Conservation Trust Fund, 40 percent; and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 10 percent. The resolution calls for the General Assembly to maintain that funding formula.
Since 1992, the GOCO Trust Fund has distributed over $554,848 to the city for fall fields, arbor and land purchases.
Since 1983, the Conservation Trust Fund has distributed over $1,713,016 to the city for playground equipment, ADA ramps, trees, windscreens, tennis courts, picnic tables, sprinkler systems, volleyball pits, fencing, lights, drinking foundations and bathrooms.
The city budgets $100,000 annually for parks maintenance from the Conservation Trust Fund. Wilma Erven, director of parks, recreation and golf, pointed out that the recently-completed Master Plan concluded that parks maintenance is already severely underfunded. The loss of the Conservation Trust Fund would have serious repercussions for the city.
Resolutions are being sought from all municipalities in the state that have received lottery funds, she added.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.