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Changes coming for Pioneer Days parade

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The first order of business for the Crawford Town Council on May 2 was to administer the oath of office to Mike Tiedeman. He was not present at the April meeting when Chris Johnson, Ralph Clark and Jessica Hart were sworn in following the municipal election.

At the May 2 meeting, Mayor Wanda Gofforth announced that the top three vote getters in the election -- Tiedeman, Johnson and Clark -- would serve four-year terms, ending in 2022. Hart will serve a two-year term, with her term ending in 2020.

Collenette Vervloet with the Crawford Chamber of Commerce, offered an update on preparations for this year's Pioneer Days. Preparations for the event, set for June 7-10, have included significant planning for changes in the parade lineup, route and parking.

According to instructions on the parade entry, parade registration will be at the Crawford Montessori School between 8 and 9:30 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. All participants need to go to the registration tent first and get their parade position. The parade route will remain the same, ending at Highway 92 and H Street. Due to traffic and safety concerns, the return route will go along Elm Street (north of town hall) and back to the starting point.

It is important to note that no parade participants will be allowed to use Cedar Avenue.

Parking restrictions are planned along one side of Cedar Avenue. Signs noting the restrictions have been ordered, and the town will assist in putting them up for the event. A letter will be mailed to residents along Cedar Avenue. informing them of the plan.

Many roads will be marked for one way traffic for before, during and after the parade, including Cottonwood, Elm and Fir.

The theme for this year's parade is "There's No Place Like Home." Preregister by downloading the entry form online at https://craw

fordpioneerdays.weebly.com/ and looking under "Events." A schedule for the four days of activities is also online.

The town council also approved a Momerandum of Understanding with the Technical College of the Rockies regarding the Crawford Community Kitchen, located at the town hall. The MOA, according to Mayor Gofforth, would make the kitchen available, for a fee, to culinary students and participants in the school district's Engage program. It would not cost the town anything, and would benefit the town by making more people aware of the facility.

The council also approved a variance for Gil Saunders to transfer water and sewer taps to an adjacent property. His son is developing the property for his residence. They have worked with public works director Bruce Bair to plan for the utility access, and understand the town's requirements for setting a trailer up as a residence.

Under old business, the council took no action to amend a 10-year agreement with the Crawford Cemetery, allowing the cemetery to use the town's shares of the Clipper Ditch to water the property. The council had approved an agreement earlier this year, and had no desire to alter that agreement's 10-year term.

The council will conduct interviews for the public works assistant during its scheduled work session on May 16.

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