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Private roads present issues for Orchard City

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At the Sept. 12 regular meeting of the Orchard City Town Council, Nancy Hovde with HopeWest discussed the local nonprofit with the board of trustees. She began by giving background and how they work to provide hospice and care to those in need.

"On average we have to raise about $1,000 for each person we care for," she said. She asked the town to consider donating to the organization.

Next, citizen Jeff Rogers approached the trustees about a "complex subject." Essentially, his road is private and there is now a hole in a culvert. He suggested that repairs be done by the town, that members of the subdivision be assessed for the cost, and that the town require private roads to be built to town standards.

Trustee Craig Fuller brought up that the road committee is in the process of revising road standards to avoid situations like these happening in the future. "We're going to have to come up with something to fix this," he said, regarding Rogers' predicament.

Town clerk Melissa Oelke then informed Rogers that for the town to become involved the members of the subdivision would need to create a tax district, as has been done in the past.

The difficulty, Rogers expressed, is getting all members to sign on. Additionally, there's the issue with how to collect the funds.

Essentially, the town plans to discuss this challenge more.

Three items from the work session needed action. The board approved a lease for the high school girls' softball program. The trustees will review park fees and leases at an upcoming retreat.

Next they voted to authorize investments with COLOTRUST. Finance committee members suggested keeping $200,000 in an account for month-to-month use and $250,000 be kept in a money market account in case of emergency needs that would require less than 24 hours. The board can reevaluate and move funds around if necessary.

The board voted to have the mayor sign the letter of engagement with attorney Bo Nerlin to represent it in the Elevate video streaming franchise lease agreement.

Planning commission gave an update on how it plans to first focus on the health and safety aspects of the nuisance ordinance. A committee to specifically work on the ordinance will likely be established.

To conclude the meeting, water, road and drought task force committees related their progress. Each committee is working on several items to improve the town. Park committee provided an update on standable water bottle fillers and putting up a kick wall for soccer clubs to use.

Mayor Ken Volgamore thanked the trustees and staff for their work with the annual picnic. The turnout, the trustees agreed, was good and everyone had a good time.

The trustees have a retreat on Sept. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. to begin work on the 2019 budget. The next work session will be on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome. All meetings are held at the Orchard City Town Hall.

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