The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees met for three public hearings and a regular meeting on July 19.
The public hearings dealt with requests for special events liquor licenses. Following the hearings, the board voted to grant licenses to the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce for the AppleFest beer and wine garden at Cedaredge town park on Oct. 5-7 and to the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) for the Dana Cooper concert on July 27 and the Karla Bonoff concert on Aug. 12.
Trustee and treasurer Patti Michael reported that all town accounts have been verified and June expenditures allocated appropriately. The sales tax for June was up by 4.67 percent from previous year-to-date.
After responding to constituent comments and hearing several departmental reports, the trustees approved two resolutions.
One resolution adds a category for liquor licensing which was established by the State of Colorado in 2017 but not yet added to the town fee structure. With trustee approval, the town's licensing categories were expanded to include a new "lodging and entertainment license."
Another resolution recognized that hotels, restaurants and large commercial customers generate sales tax and a positive economic impact on the Town of Cedaredge and established a new water usage rate structure for such enterprises. Hotels, restaurants and large commercial users who use 30,000 gallons or less will be charged the regular rate per 1,000 gallons. To encourage water conservation, such businesses which exceed 30,000 gallons will be temporarily charged a higher rate. The measure expires on Nov. 1, 2018, unless previously rescinded.
The new rates are:
Cedaredge temporary commercial water rates
Gallons used In town Out of Town
(thousands) per 1,000 gal. per 1,000 gal
1-30 $2.97 (regular rate) $4.45 (regular rate)
31-60 $5.25 $7.75
61-90 $7.50 $11.00
90+ $15.00 $22.25