In a little more than four weeks, the Crawford community will host its annual Christmas celebration. Collenette Vervloet with the Crawford Chamber of Commerce visited with the Crawford Town Board to work out details for preparations leading up to the festivities.
Vervloet told the trustees during their work session on Oct. 18 of a problem with decorating the huge pine tree in front of town hall. In the past Delta Montrose Electric Association has helped hang the lights on the tree, estimated to be 75-100 feet tall. However, Vervloet was told that this year DMEA does not have anyone certified to do this, and won't have an employee certified in time for this year.
She reported they have a volunteer to do the lights, but they needed a lift truck. After some discussion, it was decided the tree was taller than any available lift, and getting electricity to it was also a problem.
With the Town Hall serving as the focal point for holiday events such as the Festival of Trees and visits with Santa, the chamber is hoping to decorate town hall.
"At our board meeting," said Vervloet, "it was observed that without the tree being lighted, Town Hall is boring. Can I put things up?"
Bruce Bair, public works director, noted it would be a 2-3 day project to prepare the building for exterior lighting. As an alternative he suggested decorating the windows from the inside. "It would look really cool without having to get a lift and all that other stuff," he said.
Vervloet picked up the idea quickly, noting they could have a building lighting ceremony before the Parade of Lights, set for Friday, Nov. 24. Trustees also offered suggestions to add to holiday spirit.
Vervloet also told the board that the chamber is looking to fill two seats on its board. The positions are for two years. There will be a nominating meeting on Nov 13, and anyone interested in service is asked to contact Vervloet at 970-921-5505.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.