Nolan Davis's oath of office as a Cedaredge police officer recited on Nov. 17 was a family occasion.
Members of the Delta native's immediate family and in-laws were present at the Cedaredge Town Board meeting to witness the event. Those family members included his wife, Kaylee, mom Sherri, sister Rebekah, and grandmother Mary Davis.
And the Davis family event also had the flavor of a family tradition as Nolan's dad, Oscar, a Delta County sheriff's deputy who many local residents know from his duty as a courthouse security officer, was also present for the oath ceremony.
Following the oath ceremony, Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders explained to trustees that Davis will complete several months of on-duty training with the local department. Following that, he is slated to begin work and become the department's new K9 officer.
The Cedaredge police department has had two K9 members in the past; Jet, who was killed by a vehicle, and Buddy, whose advancing blindness ended his law enforcement career some two years ago.
A community-wide effort raised over $10,000 to purchase, train and equip a replacement for Buddy. But about that time the CPD's K9 officer Dan Sanders was promoted to police chief. The chief's duties were too time consuming for him to continue with K9 officer duties. The department has looked for a new K9 officer in the years since and now has hopes that Officer Davis will be able to fill the role.
All of the money donated in the past two-plus years for a new K9 member of the department has been kept in a separate account, town officials say.
In other business at its regular Nov. 17, the Cedaredge Town Board dealt with the following matters:
• Trustees met in executive session prior to their regular meeting for discussion of a settlement agreement with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users' Association for purchase of USC's 20 percent interest in the town water collection and treatment facilities. Later, during the regular session, the settlement agreement was approved. Action postponed on an ordinance that would refinance a current town loan and provide cash for the $175,000 buyout deal.
• The town is still looking for someone to fill the golf course superintendant position.
• The town received a signed lease agreement from a prospective new manager of the restaurant there. Larry Caveny managed the restaurant previously several years ago. There had not been time to review the signed document and town board action is expected at a later date. The agreement calls for an April 1 opening, according to town officials.
• Trustees approved a fee schedule for use of town-owned facilities including the Civic Center, Town Park and the golf course.
• Trustees accepted letters of interest from two people wanting to serve on the town planning commission: Darcy Fabian and James Ayer.
• Public Works reports that a pole upon which a 24/7 surveillance camera will be mounted has been installed. Addition of the camera is expected to follow soon.
• A grant has been obtained at the county that will purchase new hand-held radios for use among county law enforcement agencies, it was reported.
• The fire department has purchased a new, 5,000-gallon water tanker. The old tanker with half the capacity that has been sitting for sale at the fire house was purchased by the county's District #3 Road Department.
• Trustees approved purchase of an in-bed sanding machine for use maintaining winter streets. The town's sanding machine failed last year at the critical moment when a Christmas Eve blizzard hit the area. Many traffic disruptions resulted from icy street conditions including a school bus spin out on Independence Avenue hill.
• Trustees awarded a contract for replacement of the Jay Avenue bridge including a pedestrian walkway.
• Town offices closed four days; from Thursday, Nov. 24 to Monday, Nov. 28.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.