Crawford's first town council meeting in June had a short agenda. Attendance was light as well, with only trustees and three members of the public present. With no non-agenda items to address, Mayor Wanda Gofforth went right to announcements, starting with Pioneer Days, Crawford's main summer event, which started the day after the meeting. Since all of the trustees mentioned juggling numerous roles in order to support the celebration, they were all tuned into making Pioneer Days a success.
Gofforth also reminded all present that the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall was in Delta at the same time Pioneer Days was happening.
Next on the agenda were the meeting specifications in Crawford's council bylaws. At the May 1 council meeting a member of the public had brought up lack of work sessions for the last several months. This comment provoked a lively discussion among council and the attendees, so Gofforth called for May 15 a work session to devote to the issue. The ongoing debate led council to ascertain that a provision in the town's bylaws stipulates that council will meet twice monthly
Trustees accepted this caveat and voted to forego the work sessions and hold two full-fledged meetings per month. That change allows trustees to take action on agenda items twice monthly. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month, with next meeting falling on Wednesday, June 19.
The next item of old business concerns an ordinance amending the town charter, which states that the town will serve as the local licensing agent for liquor licenses. As such, council has the authority to set certain fees for liquor licenses. Because language in the town code concerning liquor license fees had not been changed for 14 years, an ordinance changing town code to allow council to set liquor license fees was passed. The change goes into effect 30 days after publication in the Delta County Independent.
Gofforth introduced the new business of running a fundraising booth at Pioneer Days, with proceeds going toward defraying the costs of the long-delayed sidewalk, wall and fencing reconstruction construction project in front of Town Hall. Funds for the $18,000 project came from the General Fund.
Gofforth informed council that she has secured up to $4,000 to match a donation from Vegetation Management West LLC.
Public works manager, Bruce Bair updated council on the project. Although contractor KSK had hoped to complete the project in time for Pioneer Days weekend, the blustery spring weather has delayed aspects of the work. The sidewalk leading to town hall and the steps on the west side of the building are finished, however, and the company will remove cones and construction barricades and place temporary fencing to allow for ease of public access in front of Town Hall.
Bair acknowledged that he has heard some complaints about the delays, but remarked, "If they want to complain to someone, it'll have to be to God."
Bair notified council of a problem that public works has encountered at the town's lift station. He and his crew discovered that some of the older metal pipes below the sewer line are corroded and will need to be replaced. Although with the right equipment the job can be completed quickly, the money that is set aside for repairs to the lift station will not cover the cost of new pipes, a crane and crew to complete the work.
Additional funds are required to move forward with repairs, which council deemed necessary.
Bair also informed trustees that copper and lead testing will take place this summer. He stated that he is confident that there are no problems with the town's water quality.
These updates concluded the meeting and adjourned before going to work on finishing touches for Pioneer Days.