The Hotchkiss Town Council, during its Oct. 12 meeting, received an update on the membership drive underway for the North Fork Ambulance Association.
Kathy Steckel, executive director of the North Fork Ambulance Association, gave an update on the association's status. Powerful Stories is a recent addition to show success stories of the association. Steckel shared two examples as well as information on their rate of success.
The North Fork Ambulance Association is a nonprofit organization that is funded by memberships, not taxes. Currently, only 34 percent of North Fork residents are members. Membership information has been sent out. Information can also be obtained at the Hotchkiss Town Hall and on the North Fork Ambulance Facebook page.
At the beginning of the meeting, Patricia Medina was sworn in, replacing Larry Jakubiak on the board of trustees. She will fill out the balance of his term, which ends in 2018.
During public comment, Ryan Stucker requested to move the company, Rocky Mountain Granite, to 180 S. 1st Street where Elite Auto is currently located. He has received approval from the planning commission. The request was also endorsed by the town council.
A boundary adjustment request for 278 and 290 Bridge Street was tabled.
Dan Bolton requested a grazing permit for 480 Cedar Street. Bolton presented letters of support on the approximately 26 acres. With the council's request that the sheep and cattle be moved by Thanksgiving, the permit was granted.
Liquor license renewals were approved, after discussion and no comments from Marshal Miller, for Mahalo Beverages, Hotchkiss Elks, BPOE #1807 and City Market #29.
Rain Klepper and Chris Tschinkel of the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District gave a presentation. The district covers 50 square miles on a limited budget. The season has officially ended with no new cases of the West Nile Virus in Delta County this year.
The request for a boundary adjustment, previously tabled, was addressed after a motion to amend the agenda was approved. There was no opposition and the request was approved by the board with the presentation of a final plat
Also during the public portion of the agenda, there was a discussion of the standing water in the basements on south Bridge Street. Changes in irrigation, runoff and the inaccessibility of the railroad's property were discussed. Further research will be done.
Lindee Cantrell raised a question on the old Coyote Drive In. This matter will be discussed at the next work session.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.