While only a couple actions were required, the Cedaredge Board of Trustees had plenty to discuss and review at its Feb. 21 regular meeting. To start, constituent Roy Sivello shared his concerns about the recent water violations.
"When I received the newsletter, I was appalled about the water issues," he said. His concern focused on health.
Mayor Gene Welch clarified that the violations were due to incompatible logging of forms, but that they are being monitored. He also assured the citizen that the water in Cedaredge is safe and pure.
"The state required us to use that language to notify citizens," said town administrator Greg Brinck, referring to the newsletter wording that may have caused concern. "Essentially, everything was being logged and done correctly to ensure safe water for the citizens but some were done on spreadsheets not approved by the state, which was a public works error that they apologized for at the work session.
The Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce is discussing a Fourth of July event, parade and food. This would be a collaboration between the VFW, the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center and the chamber.
Delta County Libraries assistant director LaDonna Gunn reported that the district as a whole is struggling with declining budgets. A public opinion poll will be conducted starting March 4 to gauge response on a mill levy increase. The poll will be done through telephone and come from an 801 number in the evenings.
The seed library will be available March 1 to check out free seeds. Additionally, the Cedaredge Library has partnered with the Nature Connection to again offer fly fishing this summer and add on hiking.
She also shared about the upcoming program for the Voices of the Western Slope series. March 14 starts the first of a four-part series, "Water 101." Panelists will go through a presentation about Surface Creek water both domestic and irrigation.
Surface Creek Community Services (Cedaredge Food Bank) chairman Ken Christenson thanked the town for its contribution toward the leased space and utilities for the food bank. "We give away about 400,000 pounds of food a year," he said. Collectively, about 35 volunteers contribute over 6,000 hours of time a year to help serve over 200 families.
Last year they received a grant to purchase Colorado Community Food and a walk-in cooler to "provide fresher, local food." USDA-provided senior boxes will soon be available, including delivery for homebound citizens.
Trustees passed a resolution amending the 2018 fourth quarter budget to increase the Conservation Trust Fund for golf superintendent wages. Otherwise finances are going well, including sales tax being up five percent.
The new public works employee has been hired and will start March 11. The golf course restaurant is still in discussion with one interested operator to lease it for the season.
Kami Collins, town clerk, has been actively working on economic development. She met with agricultural and agritourism producers in the Surface Creek to better to understand their needs. As a result a grant has been applied for that would fund a training workshop regarding culinary and agritourism.
She is also forming an economic development advisory committee. About nine people will be needed from the Surface Creek Valley. "We want those who are interested in helping shape economic policies, goals and visions," she said. Letters of interest will be accepted until March 15.
Police Chief Dan Sanders reported that unfortunately crime is up, but more information on that will come at a later presentation. As many may have heard, K9 Tigger has been sold. "If we didn't have two dogs to support us in the county I would work to keep him," he said. "We have canine support just not directly here." K9 Tigger is now working in Adams County.
Officer Jake Hernandez and Sanders both recently went to active shooter, ALICE, training. They are now certified instructors and will share their knowledge with schools and businesses.
"This training is about changing the current mind set on active shooter response," the chief said. He encouraged anyone interested, such as church groups, to call about the training.
Next the trustees attended to business items. First was the Hwy. 65 waterline project final contract. The board moved to keep with the previously determined 55 percent of the additional requests, about $66,000. Mayor Gene Welch voted no, but the motion passed otherwise.
Trustees passed two resolutions regarding building permit fees and the Surface Creek Saddle Club water rates. The March 14 work session will be moved to 4 p.m. so the trustees can attend the "Water 101" event at 6 p.m. at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center.