The Cedaredge trustees held a regular meeting last week during which they approved resolutions designating five downtown buildings as historic structures. The town's historic preservation board recommended the buildings and provided research into each structure's background. Full copies of the research -- including historic photographs -- are available for viewing at town hall and will eventually be posted on the town website. The buildings are:
• Cedaredge First National Bank (1912) at 110 West Main Street;
• Blanchard & Stockham Building (1906) at 205 West Main Street;
• John Davis Pharmacy (1910) at 215 West Main Street;
• James Theater (1910) at 225 West Main Street; and
• U.S. Post Office (1913) at 120 West Main Street.
In other action, the trustees approved resolutions defining employee golf benefits and revising the town's facility rental procedures. Under an approved resolution, the minimum work requirement to receive employee golf benefits was increased and language was added to stress that benefits are limited to greens fees only. The benefit is extended to qualified employees as an incentive to attract and retain employees.
A resolution revised the town's facilities rental process to make it more manageable for staff and the public. Efforts were also made to make town facility rental rates comparable to rates charged by local private entities.
Facilities which are available for an hourly and daily rental fee include:
• Cedaredge Centennial Room;
• Surface Creek Room;
• Dining hall (with or without kitchen use or with kitchen use only);
• Band stand; and
• Lions' Pavilion
The trustees also approved an emergency ordinance authorizing the town to enter into a loan agreement with the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority to finance the Highway 65 waterline replacement project. Town administrator Greg Brinck explained that the aggregate principal amount of the loan will not exceed $879,368. However, the agreement also stipulates that the development authority will forgive the principal amount of $370,578.84 thereby substantially reducing the town's loan obligation. Moreover, the town has received an additional grant of just over $300,000 to help fund this project. As a result of loan forgiveness and the grant, the actual cost to the town will be around $150,000.
Trustee and treasurer Patti Michael reported that town revenue collections, budgeted expenditures, and monetary accounts are in order. She noted that sales tax for February was down by 3.51 percent which is lower than previous year-to-date collections. The reason is slow automobile sales.
Phyllis Hoffman, representing the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, reported that the chamber is drafting a strategic plan. AppleFest vendor applications are already being sought for the October event. The chamber is seeking greater representation in regional business activities and the chamber has partnered with the Town of Cedaredge to conduct a Surface Creek consumer and business survey. The survey is now closed and the results will be presented and discussed at a public community meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 27 at the Cedaredge Civic Center.
The trustees received written reports on the golf course and in-person reports from other town department heads. Public works co-director Scott Lock reported that all lab equipment for the wastewater treatment facility has been installed and, after a period of processing lab results both locally and in Grand Junction to double-check results, the town is now able to process water samples without reliance on outside labs. A March 2 water leak caused by an excavation which relied on an inaccurate map of water lines was quickly repaired.
Chief of police Dan Sanders reported that some traffic re-routing issues have arisen due to construction at the intersection of Highway 65 and Main Street and traffic patterns will continue to vary as construction proceeds. The good news that the project is on schedule for completion which means traffic will hopefully return to normal in mid-May. The police department is in the process of hiring a new administrative assistant and training for the new K-9 dog and officer is going well. The fire department was recently placed on standby twice due to incidents in Delta and locally firefighters have dealt with a few controlled agricultural burns that flared up after not being properly extinguished.
Town administrator Greg Brinck reported that the town's website redesign will launch in September and that the town clerk/economic development coordinator will soon be hired. Brinck noted that in addition to town construction projects which are underway and on schedule, Cedaredge is experiencing a modest increase in residential starts.
Constituent Larry Claxton, representing the Cedaredge Community Garden, report that the garden is entering its 10th year of operation. He asked if consideration could be given to the garden's water needs in terms of hooking up a new water line and possibly discussing the cost of water. Mayor Gene Welch stated that these concerns would be discussed at the April trustees' work session.
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.