By Lucas Vader
Approval of ordinance to allow sidewalk food service
In a time where COVID-19 is disallowing dine-in services, the Town of Cedaredge approved Ordinance 2020-04, which will allow restaurants to serve food and beverages on sidewalk areas in front of their businesses. The full ordinance is available in the meeting packet.
Appointment of Bob Michael to the planning commission
The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees appointed Bob Michael, previous trustee, to the planning commission.
Conversations of Applefest
It was brought to the board of trustees’ attention that COVID-19 is starting to pose a threat to the annual Applefest celebration held the first weekend in October. With that being said, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce (CACC), who is in charge of planning the event, is still continuing to plan for a full-scale festival.
Economic Development Coordinator and Town Clerk Kami Collins said that she was doubtful whether the festival could happen, let alone at full-scale. CACC is still accepting vendor applications at this time, and they will be refundable in the event that Applefest does not happen.
Golf pro’s report
Cedaredge Golf Club Pro Ira Kramer reported that the golf course staff has planned a Member Appreciation Tournament complete with a complimentary barbecue picnic. This event is scheduled for Aug. 16 at 1 p.m., shotgun start.
The Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department has postponed their May 16 golf tournament to July 11 at 8 a.m., shotgun start. The Cedaredge Rotary Club has confirmed their date of Sept. 5.
Police Chief Joseph Roberts brought a year-to-date comparison on crime to the board’s attention, reporting that the calls for April went up by seven from April last year. April, 2019 had 67 calls, while last month had 74. Citations went up from two to eight.
Roberts also thanked the board for proclaiming National Police Week.
Public Works report
Public Works Director Jerry Young told the board of trustees that the meter change-out project was 99% complete, making them “radio read” instead of “touch read.” This speeds up the process of reading meters.
Otherwise, the public works department is busy spraying weeds, patching concrete, managing the water and wastewater plants and performing various seasonal tasks.
Economic Development and Town Clerk report
Economic Development Coordinator and Town Clerk Kami Collins reported several housekeeping items, along with updating the town website and business licenses and directories.
Beyond that, she reported that the town was working hard to help businesses understand funding options and procedures at this time.