The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees held a special meeting last week to finalize a contract appointing Greg Brinck as town administrator. Brinck began work with the town in January 2016 as an administrative intern. He was the sole finalist for the position. He has been serving as interim town administrator since the departure last year of town administrator Katie Sickles.
Following the special meeting, the trustees held a work session during which they discussed reservoir water levels and a timeline for possible drought planning. Public works co-director Scott Lock shared information indicating that Gunnison River basin snow depth and water content are running behind historic averages. As of the first week of March 2018, snow depth was at 73 percent of average and snow-water content was 62 percent of average. Given these figures and the prospect for increased moisture this spring, Lock reported that it is too soon to declare a drought. However he assured trustees that he will continue to monitor the situation and keep them informed.
In other work session activities, the trustees previewed the agenda for their regular meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 15, at 5 p.m. in the Grand Mesa Room of the Civic Center at 140 NW 2nd Street in Cedaredge.
On March 15 the trustees will take action on the following items:
• The designation of five town properties as historic preservation sites.
• A resolution concerning employee golf benefits.
• A resolution to revise the town's facility rental fee process.
• An ordinance to authorize the execution and delivery of a loan agreement between the town and the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority. The loan agreement will finance the Highway 65 waterline replacement project.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.