To start the Cedaredge Board of Trustees regular meeting May 16, two public hearings were held -- using the old hire police officers' pension funds and amending the municipal code by allowing tiny homes.
With the pension funds, the town will first match three years' worth of Social Security for all employees and police officers.
At the April 23 board meeting, Paonia trustees voted, 4-1, to authorize town administrator Ken Knight to formally apply with Delta County for annexation of certain sections of county road contiguous with existing town boundaries. Those sections include Stahl Road from Samuel Wade Road to Highway 133, Samuel Wade Road from Highway 133 to the Samuel Wade Bridge, Price and Clock roads, Grand Avenue to the Highway 187 bridge, and unincorporated sections of Colorado Avenue.
As the Town of Paonia considers updating its building codes, two citizens brought to the board complaints about the town's ability to enforce the existing code.
A former town trustee, planning and zoning commissioner and certified building inspector accused town administrator Ken Knight for disregarding both zoning and building ordinances in approving a Third Street duplex.
At their regular meeting, Cedaredge trustees tackled a number of action items like agreeing to go into contract with Western Slope Consulting LLC for contract planning services, reappointing Bob Eckels to the Cedaredge Tree Board, and approving some liquor licenses.
The Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce had plenty of activity to report, too.
Paonia trustees voted unanimously at the March 26 town board meeting to consider an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags. Trustees directed town attorney Bo Nerlin to draft the ordinance.
On Thursday, March 14 the Cedaredge trustees convened early, at 4 p.m. for their work session so they could finish in time to attend the Water 101 presentation.
First they listened to a conflict of interest training on government ethics from Carol Viner.
While only a couple actions were required, the Cedaredge Board of Trustees had plenty to discuss and review at its Feb. 21 regular meeting. To start, constituent Roy Sivello shared his concerns about the recent water violations.
The agenda was short for the Cedaredge board of trustees at the Feb. 14 work session. First, it listened to Drew Abbott from Western Gravel Constructors about the contract change request from last month.
Joining for a public hearing and regular meeting on Jan. 17, the Cedaredge board of trustees tackled many first-of-the-year housekeeping items.
At the public hearing, both Blake Bynum of Cedaredge Foodtown and Codi Nelson of Creekside Café requested liquor license modifications.
At the Cedaredge Board of Trustees meeting, emergency preparedness coordinator Kris Stewart presented the multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan for the county. This plan is pending FEMA approval and will be an update to the previous 2008 guidelines.
The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a work session on Thursday, Dec. 6. Typically the trustees meet for work sessions on the second Thursday of each month and for regular meetings on the third Thursday of each month but December's meetings were adjusted to allow for the upcoming holidays.
After making some adjustments to the agenda, the Orchard City Board of Trustees began its Dec. 5 work session by continuing the discussion on tiny home building regulations. "The hope is to ease some of the restrictions on building a normal home," said Mayor Ken Volgamore.
Following a series of public budget work sessions and the public publication of a draft budget, the Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees will meet in regular session Dec. 13 to officially adopt the town's 2019 budget. Time is allotted for constituent comments at the start of all regular board of trustee meetings.
The Paonia Town Board of Trustees is set to appoint a new trustee at the Nov. 27 meeting.
Three citizens submitted letters of interest in replacing former trustee Barry Pennell, who resigned in September after announcing he would be moving out of town limits.
Patrick Webb, the newest member of the Hotchkiss Town Board of Trustees, said he believes his life experiences will enable him to make reasonable, positive decisions for the town in his new role.
Webb said he has lived in the North Fork Valley on two separate occasions.
The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a public work session last week. The purpose of work sessions is to discuss town issues and preview the agenda for an upcoming regular meeting.
Meeting in regular session on Oct. 18, the Cedaredge Board of Trustees approved the appointment of a new town attorney, replacing Steve Harper of Hotchkiss who will soon retire from that position. Carol Viner of the Montrose-based firm of Masters & Viner was approved by the trustees with trustee Dayton Myers abstaining because he was not present when the trustees conducted interviews of prospective applicants.
The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a public hearing and a busy regular session on Oct. 18. The public hearing was held to consider a special events liquor permit requested by the Surface Creek Animal Shelter for a fundraising concert scheduled for Nov. 9.
Following last week's work sessions, the Cedaredge Board of Trustees will meet for a regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Cedaredge Civic Center, Grand Mesa Room, 140 NW 2nd Street. The public is encouraged to attend.
The Paonia Board of Trustees will consider the appointment a new trustee after receiving a letter of resignation from trustee Barry Pennell last week. The decision comes after Pennell and his wife purchased "our dream home just outside of town limits..." wrote Pennell in an email.
Following last Thursday's lengthy budget planning session, the Cedaredge town trustees met in executive session to discuss property issues related to the Surface Creek Trail.
Next the trustees held a public hearing regarding an application by the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) for a special event liquor license.
During constituency time at the Aug. 8 meeting of the Orchard City trustees, Mary Ditlove expressed concern over not seeing a detailed disbursements ledger in the town financial statements. Trustee Gynee Thomasen was quick to say that the trustees do receive copies of detailed deposits and check details for all town accounts each month.
The Town of Orchard City board of trustees met Aug. 1 for a public work session during which they discussed a variety of issues ranging from water to committee assignments.
Trustees serve on various committees which meet periodically to consider topics such as water, personnel, and planning.
The Town of Cedaredge has canceled the usual monthly work session which would have been held on Aug. 9. Instead town trustees will focus on the process of planning next year's town budget.
A longstanding rift between a current and former elected town official came to a boil at the July 10 meeting of the Paonia Board of Trustees when Mayor Charles Stewart asked law enforcement to escort former trustee Suzanne Watson out of Town Hall.
The ousting came during consideration by the board to submit scoping comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding recently revived oil and gas leases in the North Fork Valley.
The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees will meet twice in May. The board's work session will be held on Thursday, May 10, and the town's regular meeting will take place on Thursday, May 17.
Although the Town of Cedaredge municipal election was cancelled due to lack of candidates, the town's board of trustees has moved forward by declaring three candidates elected to serve four-year terms. Raymond Hanson and Patti Michael will continue as trustees and Catherine Brown will join the board in April as a new member.
Barry Pennell will be sworn in as a trustee for the Town of Paonia at the Aug. 8 board meeting. Pennell will serve until a new board is seated following next April's election, when four seats are set to expire.
The Paonia Board of Trustees is considering changes to its meeting format.
The current board rules and procedures, printed on the back of every agenda, were adopted by the prior board early in 2015.
The Town of Paonia will accept letters of interest from members of the public interested in serving on the board through next April after Trustee Bill Brunner resigned. Letters should be submitted by July 20. Per town ordinance, applicants must be registered voters and have been a resident living within town limits for the past 12 consecutive months. The board has until Aug. 13 to make an appointment or call for an election.
After 45 minutes of arguing motions, amendments, he-said-she-said and a couple of temper tantrums (at one point Mayor Charles Stewart had to give the board an impromptu etiquette lesson on how to decorously address one another), the Paonia board of trustees came to a decision regarding Trustee Bill Brunner, and whether or not he violated Colorado's open meeting laws, town ordinances or the board's Standards of Conduct.
The Paonia Town Board of Trustees is considering sanctions against a trustee after he released a series of board-related emails during a recent public meeting.
At the May 9 board meeting, trustee Bill Brunner provided copies of emails, sent during 2016 and 2017, to the media and the town clerk.
Cedaredge Trustee Larry Smith in a May 1 letter has submitted his resignation from the town board effective May 15. His current term runs until April 2018.
Smith told the DCI that he felt his extensive travel schedule was taking too much time away from his duties as trustee.
Following a Nov. 1 review with the town's attorney, Cedaredge's agreement to buy out Upper Surface Creek water users' (USC) interest in the town water utility is scheduled to be acted on by the town board on Nov. 17.
Trustees met in an executive session on the matter with attorney Stephen Harper at a Nov. 1 work session.
At the Nov. 2 council meeting, Crawford trustees unanimously approved three donations totaling $1,137. The donations were all included in the town's 2016 budget.
The Cedaredge Town Board will meet this month to act on issues relating to town finances.
Included in the action items for that session are two loans that have been made to the golf course fund from other town funds.
Orchard City trustees held their first work session for the 2017 budget on Sept. 21. In addition to reviewing department spending proposals, trustees discussed donations the town may make next year.
The Town of Paonia Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 5) to discuss proposed comments by the town regarding the Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office draft Resource Management Plan.
A proposal for directly subsidizing the Cedaredge Golf Course with as much as $145,380 from taxpayers and from sewer and water ratepayers is under consideration by the town board as it begins its budget talks.
Under the proposal, trustees would transfer $15,000 in cash from both the sewer and water funds to the golf course.
A full council of six trustees was seated last Thursday night, May 12, and the Hotchkiss Town Council administrated its way through some 20 line items on the agenda.
Every seat in town hall was full when the meeting began at 6:30 but all had emptied by the time the meeting concluded nearly two-and-a-half hours later.
In facing a decision between an incumbent board member who was not re-elected and a candidate who narrowly missed being elected, the Paonia Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Chelsea Bookout as trustee.
Bookout was among nine candidates vying for three board seats in the April 5 election, and was four votes shy of winning a seat.
The Orchard City Town Board has appointed Gary Tollefson, a 38-year resident of the community, to fill a trustee vacancy.
Tollefson was a U.S. Forest Service employee for 23 years before retiring, he said during his interview on May 11.
Prior to the seating of the new board at the April 26 meeting, Paonia trustees addressed sidewalk repairs. In 2013, voters approved a $3 monthly fee for construction and repair of sidewalks. The fee started in January 2014, and sunsets December 2024. It brings in about $30,000 per year for sidewalk repair and replacement.
With 60 days from the April 26 meeting to appoint a trustee, just what process the board will use has yet to be determined.
The vacancy was created when trustee and mayor pro tem Charles Stewart resigned after being elected mayor in the April 5 election.
The Orchard City Town Board met in special session April 20 for a changing of the guard as newly elected trustees and mayor accepted their oaths of office and assumed their positions on the town board.
Mayor Ken Volgamore's election by voters to mayor halfway through his four-year trustee term has left one more vacancy on the town board.
A new Cedaredge mayor and three new town trustees recited their oaths of office and began work on a long evening's business agenda during the town board's regular April 21 meeting.
Outgoing Mayor Pat Means was honored with a testimonial from her successor, Gene Welch, and with a plaque honoring her service to the town.
After an election that couldn't have been any closer, the Town of Crawford swore in its new trustees and mayor April 20 at Crawford Town Hall.
Wanda Gofforth defeated Gill Saunders by one vote, 61-60, and won the mayor's seat.
After newly elected trustees and mayor Charles Stewart are sworn in next Tuesday, the Paonia Board of Trustees will need to appoint a person to the board to complete the remaining two years of Stewart's four-year term. Just how that appointment will be made has yet to be determined, but several citizens and some of the sitting trustees believe the decision should be left up to the voters, and not to the board, to decide.
Giving final approval to the annual agreement with Field of Dreams for organized youth sports use at Orchard City Town Park was the major business item on the agenda for town trustees on April 13.
The town board's business item gave occasion for the trustees and the youth sports organization's president to exchange appreciation for each other's efforts on behalf of the area's youth sports.
Cedaredge town staff updated trustees on activities as 2015 came to a close. The following excerpts on activities are taken from recent reports that have been submitted by staff.
The Cedaredge Town Board has doubled the monthly paychecks for trustees and increased the mayor's pay while saying it isn't a raise.
Under the plan adopted as Ordinance 2015-10 on Dec. 10, the next members elected to the board of trustees will get 100 percent more money for their service than current trustees do.
In drafting its proposed Ordinance 2015-10, town staff endeavored to keep individual elected officials' names out of the document.
However, issues are so intertwined that a generalized wording was found to be impossible.
In April's municipal election at Orchard City, there will be four trustee seats up for election -- three with four-year terms and one with a two-year term -- along with the mayoral seat.
Orchard City town clerk Melissa Oelke announced at the trustees' Dec. 9 meeting that candidate petition packets for the upcoming April elections will be available right after the first of the year.
Following almost three months of special meetings, budget hearings and public input, the Town of Paonia passed a balanced 2016 budget and ordinances for water, sewer and garbage rate increases at its Dec. 8 meeting of the board of trustees.
All ordinances, which were passed under emergency measures, were required to pass by a three-fourths majority, and fee increases will be retroactive to Dec. 1.
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