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Sales tax up 15 percent; chamber begins to plan for Applefest 2019

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At their regular meeting, Cedaredge trustees tackled a number of action items like agreeing to go into contract with Western Slope Consulting LLC for contract planning services, reappointing Bob Eckels to the Cedaredge Tree Board, and approving some liquor licenses.

The Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce had plenty of activity to report, too. The chamber is currently speaking with CDOT about placing a banner structure on each side of Highway 65 for special events, welcomes and notices. Dave Wilson, board member, reported that they're also working to serve local beer and wine at the car show in Pioneer Town.

Applefest plans are underway. Games for children, a pie eating contest, art for kids and yoga after the 5k are ideas the chamber is exploring. "We want to get some of the younger kids involved who have maybe never received an award and can by participating in games," said Wilson.

Town treasurer's report revealed that sales tax for February was up by 15.3 percent from previous year-to-date. "There may be an amendment to this, we don't know yet since it was up so much," said Patti Michael, trustee.

Town administrator Greg Brinck reported that the town staff and trustees will have quarterly lunch meetings to promote more interaction between the two and allow time for different trainings if needed. "If anything, you'll get lunch and some good conversation out of it," he said.

He also relayed that the new online bill pay system for citizens' utility bills is being rolled out April 1. This system will allow more security and ease for both citizens and staff.

Public works has a new employee, Jake Urich, who was introduced at the meeting. Scott Lock, public works co-director, reported that while Cedaredge got the winter everyone wanted, but now the roads and concrete are riddled with potholes and cracking. Public works was able to fill some large potholes with road base this last week until they're able to use the patch material.

Chief Dan Sanders reported a "healthy police station" with a recent onslaught of investigations.

"I'm talking lengthy, months on end, investigations," he said. He foresees difficulties in hiring a new staff member with one leaving, voicing that a lower salary and lack of housing are challenges. The fire department is also applying for a grant to get new gear that hasn't been replaced in 15 years.

Trustees then voted to approve the Elevate franchise agreement, approved the golf course restaurant lease with Creekside Café and approved the liquor license transfer for Codi Nelson, owner of Creekside Café, to serve alcohol at the new restaurant.

Another liquor license, for the Grand Mesa arts & Events Center was also approved.

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