The month of August was a busy one for the Crawford Town Council. It had its regular council meeting on Aug. 7 and work session on Aug. 21, then added another work session on Aug. 27 to discuss and research further action on a host of requests.
At the Sept. 4 council meeting, the trustees decided a number of issues.
Lynn Watkins, representing the Pioneer Days Committee, asked the town if it would allow them to pay for a competitive-size horseshoe pit at Crawford Town Park. There had formerly been one on the upper level near the children's playground, but the timbers rotted and the pit was removed. The council approved putting the pit in its former location.
Secondly, Watkins, on behalf of herself, Cathy Cheatham and Connie Sanders, asked if the town would agree to allow a Festival of Trees to be held in the community room prior to Christmas. It would be a fundraiser for the renovation of town hall. Businesses would donate the trees. Some trees would be won through a drawing, other trees would be auctioned. The Festival of Trees would run from the day after Thanksgiving until Dec. 15. She asked for the community room to be open for a couple of hours each night so people could see the trees.
Watkins said there would not be any conflict with the Festival of Lights which happens at the same time.
On Sept. 4, the trustees approved having the Festival of Trees.
Greg Turner, the chief cruelty investigator for the Delta County Humane Society and chief of operations for Leadville Tactical K9 and Investigation, gave a presentation on Aug. 21 about animal control and the establishment of a municipal court in Crawford. At the Aug. 27 work session, it was recommended to proceed in a different manner for animal control than what Turner presented. Turner's proposal was deemed "too much for the size of Crawford." Trustees Mike Tiedeman and James Sorensen will present a dog program at the September work session.
At the Sept. 4 town council meeting, the trustees approved sending a letter to Turner stating, "The scope of your proposal is more than the Town of Crawford can move forward on at the present time. Council has decided to study obtaining a municipal court process before moving on with dog control."
Hotchkiss municipal court judge Lynn French will speak to the council at the upcoming September work session about Crawford having its own municipal court.
The town is considering new rental rates for the rooms at town hall. The fees proposed at the Sept. 4 meeting include no charge for the town park, $25 for the council room, $35 for the community room, $20 for the historical classroom, $10 for the kitchen, $10 for a small room, a $50 cleaning deposit, and for chairs rented and removed from the building the fee would be a $25 deposit and $80 for a table deposit. The council will consider on a per event basis when multiple days are involved.
The next work session is Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus