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Crawford sets fine for problem water shutoffs

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Seven observers came out for the town council meeting in Crawford Town Hall on Wednesday, March 6. After minutes were approved, Wanda Goforth, the mayor, informed the council about several non-agenda items.

She described the administrative grant that the town is working on with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), to provide funding for a capital asset inventory for Crawford. The proposal includes the determination of a depreciation schedule, a capital improvement plan and would fund software to provide GIS mapping for the town.

The council moved on to talk about sidewalk improvements at the town park. At the work session on Feb. 20, the trustees discussed opening up bids for concrete and fencing work at the town hall, which borders the town park. Bruce Baier, the public works director, agreed to move forward with bid requests. He produced four bids at the meeting. As it stands, the town has $58,000 budgeted for the much-needed work. These funds are a combination of the town's general fund and Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) funds. The rest of the necessary funding, approximately $40,000, would come from CTF funds made available from the county.

The council examined four submitted bids. Because a Grand Junction company included the cost and management of CDOT-approved traffic control with its bid at the lowest price, the council accepted that bid. However, the county funds cannot be released without an accepted contract in hand. The council agreed to accept the bid on the contingency that the funds from CTF become available upon presenting the contract. Therefore the lowest bid was accepted, but not awarded until the remaining funding is secured.

The next item of old business concerned inactive water/sewer taps on Walt Jughaene's property. Jughaene had originally bought six taps at the urging of his realtor at the time. He only uses three of those taps and has no plans to develop his property to utilize the remaining three. Jughaene asked that he be reimbursed for 12 years of paying on those inactive taps, either through an abatement of fees, or an outright sale of those taps. The council decided that the present working budget did not allow for either an abatement of fees or the purchase of those taps. They did, however, allow for revisiting the issue when the next year's budget is under discussion.

The council also came to a decision regarding unauthorized water shut offs at the town meter pits by homeowners. The trustees decided to impose a $100 fee for any damage resulting in unauthorized shut offs. The council will publicize its decision to levy this fee in its April billing notices and in its April cleanup publications. The council will urge homeowners to either install a shut off at their homes with appropriate insulation or to agree to call on authorized personnel to help with the problem of burst or leaking pipes originating at the pits. A fee would also be levied for calling upon a town employee to turn off the water at the meter pit outside of business hours.

The town council also made a motion related to implementing standard practices in personnel overtime and sick leave time for the town's employees. The approved policy limits the amount of accrued overtime hours and the rollover of sick time.

Since no agenda items were proposed for April's meeting, the March work meeting scheduled for March 20, was cancelled.

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