At the Nov. 21 Cedaredge Town Council meeting, Mayor Gene Welch proclaimed the month of November as “Hospice and Palliative Care Month.”

Welch also proclaimed that Saturday, Nov. 30, would be “Small Business Saturday,” a day in which people are encouraged to support the small businesses in town. During that day, certain businesses will have unique deals and events. The proclamation stated that “for every $100 spent in a Cedaredge business, $68 is returned to our community in the way of wages, taxes, donations to local schools and nonprofit organizations.”

Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce secretary Dave Wilson reported, on behalf of the chamber, that planning for 2020 Applefest will begin in January, and will prioritize parking and security. Wilson reported that the chamber’s membership is currently at 161, and that Cedaredge Town Clerk and Director of Economic Development Kami Collins has been elected to the chamber board of directors. The chamber’s member of the month is the Cedaredge Food Town and planning for the Cedaredge Parade of Lights is on schedule.

The board of trustees appointed Richard Cartin to the planning and zoning commission, with his term set to expire in 2022.

Town Treasurer Patti Michael reported that at this point in the year, the town has collected 83.1 percent of budgeted revenues and spent 68 percent of budgeted expenditures for the 2019 budget. Michael also said all expenditures for October were allocated appropriately.

Collins reported that the town’s work with Surface Creek nonprofits is continuing, and that she is meeting with them regularly. Collins said she would look to partner with the Chamber of Commerce to make an upcoming event happen. Collins also said that agricultural producers are starting to work together by doing collaborative sales and events. This is part of an effort to brand the Surface Creek area as a destination for high quality food and wine.

Eric Hansen from the Cedaredge Golf Club explained new pricing and pass options to the board of trustees. One revelation Hansen made was that of a nine hole pass, claiming that they would be able to monitor the participants to make sure that they’re not playing 18 holes on a nine hole pass. They can do this by checking out golf carts and monitoring how long they’re out. Hansen also reported that the golf course is going into winter strong and that the greens should be healthy when they open up in the spring. The golf course will close for the season on Dec. 2, Hansen said.

Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders reported the police force is on track for training mandates and that there has been an increase in heater fires as the weather grows colder.

Public Works Director Scott Lock said construction on the Surface Creek nature trail is underway and the concrete pads, benches and trash cans are all complete and in place. Lock reported all the plow trucks and sanders are ready for snow and that it “was nice to have a practice run with the little storm we had earlier in the month.”

Resolution 16, 2019 was passed, stating that water rates will rise 3%, as it does incrementally each year to avoid large rate increases.

Resolution 17, 2019 was passed, stating that current Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) documentation can be used as proof that the applicant is in need of financial assistance.

Resolution 18, 2019 was passed, stating that the water and sewer tap fee rebate program would be continued through 2020, with half the rate it was in 2019. The resolution states “the Town Administrator shall issue a rebate of $625 from the water fund and $125 from the wastewater fund to the applicant.”

The Intergovernmental Agreement between the Delta County Clerk and Recorder and the Town of Cedaredge was passed by the board. This gives the county the town’s permission to run county elections in the Town of Cedaredge.

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