The Orchard City Board of Trustees met on Dec. 12 for one last meeting before the end of the year. The agenda covered various ordinances and resolutions to finalize 2018.
First, trustees held a public hearing and voted on the Elevate franchise agreement. Mayor Ken Volgamore explained Elevate is offering television streaming services and a three percent fee will be collected by the town.
"It's a state law we were told," he said. The ordinance passed unanimously.
Next, the group tackled several new business items.
The new tiny home building regulations ordinance was read. This ordinance mandates tiny homes, currently allowed in Orchard City, to follow building and construction codes set forth in the 2018 International Building Code.
"Tiny homes were always under the building codes before, but this appendix eases the regulations on certain items," said Volgamore.
Next month will be the public hearing and action.
Additional expenses of approximately $31,000 were incurred this year from leasing additional water due to the drought. This comes from a designated fund, but a resolution was needed to pay back the fund. The resolution passed.
"I think the town did a fabulous job looking for the water," said trustee Craig Keller. "As dry as this year was we were fortunate to end up where we did."
A public hearing on the 2019 budget saw zero questions or comments from the public. The trustees adopted and appropriated the budget.
Next, the planning commission presented two items: the first reading of the ordinance amendment to subdivision and land improvement regulations and the final review of the replat of the Arrowhead subdivision.
The ordinance amends some language and timing for processing in Title VII of the regulations. The replat is a boundary adjustment; it passed.
The monthly operating report showed good news about Orchard City water; the water is clear and clean. Turbidity, or how much sediment is in the water, is low. Trustee Kirkpatrick attributes this to the town's clean source of water from Grand Mesa.
To finalize the meeting, several committees gave reports.
The road committee reported that a project being done on 2100 Road will actually cost less than expected. 'We're saving about $100,000," said trustee Mel Cook.
The park committee is going to see about putting in some dugouts next year with state Lottery funds.
Cedaredge citizen Cameron Signs presented an idea to the trustees for his Eagle Scout project. "There are a lot of hours invested for those badges," said Trustee Keller, commenting on Signs' vest.
Essentially, Signs wants to build a soccer kick wall at the Field of Dreams. Previously he'd been working with the planning commission. He presented drawings and dimensions for the wall. He wants to put it in this spring.
The work will be completely volunteer. Supplies for the wall will be fundraised and some may come from the GOCO funds. All trustees liked Signs' plans.
The tentative spot is between the two north fields. Next, Signs will have the plan reviewed by the building inspector.
Under trustee comments, Trustee Jan Gage thanked the youth for attending the meeting.
Trustee Doug Keller commented that going into the new year he wants to see more transparency with the board. For example, each meeting for committees, he said, should be posted to the community calendar on the town's website.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.