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Crawford okays new coolers for Community Room

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The April 3 meeting of the Crawford Town Council was concerned for the most part with finalizing some of the issues that had been discussed over the winter. An audience of six citizens attended to hear the outcome of ongoing matters of business.

Before getting down to business, several announcements were made. Trustee Jessica Hart said the Crawford Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 20, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Montessori School at Crawford.

Town clerk Cally Gallegos brought the matter of liquor license fees to the attention of council. She stated that a fee of $350 is in line with state coding status. The council decided to draft a resolution codifying said fee.

The trustees also adopted Resolution 3-2019, establishing a fee ($100) regarding after business hours water meter shut-offs in the event of water leaks affecting homeowners without the appropriate private shut-offs.

The adoption of previously discussed personnel policy regarding standardized vacation time, overtime and sick leave allowances was also made town policy.

A transfer fee of water and sewer taps in the case of property sales was placed before council. Gallegos stated that at this time Crawford doesn't have a fee for the transfer of taps when a property is sold. Council recognized the adoption of a standard fee when a title of property changes. This fee of $100 was recognized as a means to increase town revenue and a means to pay the administrative costs of property changes.

New business brought before the board concerned the bids gathered for the installation of two evaporative coolers in the Community Room in the Town Hall. The Friends of Crawford, represented by Susan Hansen, gathered two bids for the work. Hansen informed council that the prices submitted were for $12,700 by Snips and $10,209, submitted by Home Comfort Systems. The Friends have $10,000 raised at this time for the swamp coolers, $2,000 of which was donated by Elevate. The decision to accept the low bid was unanimous. Town staff will review the winning company's bid. The bid includes a guarantee of two years for the evaporative units.

Public works director Bruce Baier informed the trustees that he has been training his two employees to facilitate the newly adopted limits of overtime for his position. He also told council that a work release crew from Delta Correctional Facility will come into the town before Pioneer Days to prepare for the event.

Baier also updated the trustees about upcoming work to the sidewalk and rock wall in front of the Crawford Town Hall. The Colorado Dept. of Transportation had informed him that the ADA ramps on Highway 92 in town needed to be updated. The ramps provide accessibility to users with disabilities. Public facilities are required to provide access by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Baier also informed council that CDOT didn't find the crosswalk compliant with regulations. Since the crosswalk doesn't connect to a sidewalk on the other side of the road the board talked about eliminating the crosswalk. However, that location is a school bus drop-off site, so Baier suggested that town requests appropriate signage to indicate that usage. Council discussed and agreed to move forward with the elimination of the crosswalk as long as adequate signage was installed.

Gallegos closed out the short meeting by stating that she has drafted a form to submit to title companies that informs the Town of property and water/sewer transfers so that town clerk can track these changes in ownership and apply the newly enacted transfer fee. She also informed council that a quilt retreat would take place in the town hall from April 23 through April 26.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for May 1.

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