Hotchkiss Town Hall meeting

Hotchkiss town meeting on Feb. 13 began with an executive session to discuss work on the public works building. 

The Hotchkiss Town board approved the introduction and first reading of Ordinance 2020-1 regarding changes to the town’s mobile home regulations. The new ordinance will amend certain sections of Chapter 10-7 of the town code.

The unanimous vote came after a 30 minute executive session called by Mayor Larry Wilkening immediately after calling the meeting to order. The executive session was called for discussion concerning the public works building, no action was taken.

The town also sent a draft of the building code update to the town attorney for review and drafting of ordinance language. Mayor Larry Wilkening opened a public hearing on the boundary adjustment request at 415 E. Lorah Lane. The request on behalf of Steve and Leah Keating was unanimously approved following a presentation by Stephen Cragg.

The property at Fourth and Lorah Lane is located at the northwest corner of the Hotchkiss school property. Wilkening said a proposal was heard at the last town planning meeting. According to Cragg, the Keating property deed does not agree with the location of the existing fence line. Delta County School District has agreed to transfer the adjustment parcel to the Keatings, but retain the area around the pump house. As part of the adjustment the Keatings will quit claim deed to the town the area that is the road right of way.

“The school will be granted an easement in order to reach an irrigation line that goes under that piece of ground,” said Wilkening.

Trustees voted unanimously to approve a $500 sponsorship to support the 17th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials to be held May 8-10. Last year the event drew over 800 in attendance for the three day event.

“We opened our application on Feb. 3 and we already have a hundred dogs requesting to get in the trial from California, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Minnisota, Missouri, Michigan and Virginia. It’s pretty far reaching, it's becoming quite a good trial,” said Gordon Hebenstreit, president of the sheep camp dog board.

In other town meeting news, the board approved a special events liquor license for the Hotchkiss Elks Club for cornbeef and cabbage dinner and dance to be held March 21. Trustee John Marta, who stepped down for the presentation, said the event will be to celebrate an “open house to get our lodge back in use.” Marta said the lodge has been out of service for one year. He said the roof has been repaired with fresh paint on the walls. The event is scheduled from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Council also approved a street closure from the south side of Third Street from Bridgestreet to the ally for the 26th annual Duckworks Auto Parts appreciation day scheduled for Friday, March 13. Council approved a liquor license renewal for Johnny Dog, LLC doing business as P.J’s Pub.

It was later noted by the town clerk that there was a change in the ownership of Pat’s Bar and Grill.

The town accepted a bid in the amount of $1,565 to purchase a 2006 Ford Expedition from the town’s police department. The first bid in the amount of $1,100 from Rachel Beck was turned down. Council noted that Logan Smith topped a bid from his mother by $65 in order to make the vehicle a gift.

In the board’s final action of the evening, they approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), the University of Colorado and Colorado Community Development and the town of Hotchkiss for evaluation and a visual rendering of the town’s downtown core.

The town has budgeted $5,000 for the project to be conducted by CU architectural students. Wilkening said there was confusion about the location of the project since the work was to be done on Bridgestreet and not Main Street.

“This will give us a visual indication and representation of what our Bridgestreet core commercial district could look like taking into account what has been put forth in our Master Plan and downtown streets project,”Wilkening said.

The town will be asking citizens for their input in later meetings. The next town board meeting is scheduled for March 12 at 6:30 p.m.

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