Mayor Susie Steckel opened the Crawford work session by saying the previous long weekend was worth it. She was referencing the all-class Crawford School reunion and ceremonies recognizing the 50th anniversaries of dedicating the Crawford Post Office and the Crawford State Park.
Next, Aron Cegielski presented an estimate for two LED lights for the basketball court at Crawford Town Park. The motion sensor would turn the lights full up and then five minutes after the motion stops, the lights would dim.
Trustee Larry Kontour said the lights need to be on a timer so they will be off at 10 p.m. He was concerned about electricity costs for the lights.
Cegielski explained the two LED lights would only cost 16 cents per day. For 20 years, the cost per LED would be about $1,200.
The LED lights would be placed 15 feet high and have vandal-proof covers.
Total cost for the LED lights, installation and concrete work is estimated at $6,600.
The lights should last 20 years.
"I told him to look at LEDs because they will pay for themselves," Bruce Bair, public works director, said.
Cegielski was asked to give a more detailed breakdown of the estimate.
Lynn French, who is a municipal judge for Hotchkiss and an alternate judge for Cedaredge, explained how the Town of Crawford could have its own court. The town would need to draft an ordinance to set up a municipal court. If town ordinances permit, French recommended they establish a court of record, which means the court sessions would be recorded. Being a court of record will eliminate appeals unless the defendant believes the judge made a legal error.
The town would appoint a judge. Any town ordinances violated would come before the monthly court. Fines could be up to $1,000 and/or up to one year in jail. Fines could go up to $2,300. In his experience, French stated, fines are rarely close to $1,000. "Jail gets their attention more than anything else," French said. "The purpose of the court is to work its way out of business. That never happens."
When fines are not greater than $1,000, the town does not have to pay for a court-appointed attorney.
French said he tries to find things that will deter crime. Community service may make an impression on some criminals, but not all. Others are fined, put on unsupervised probation or given a jail sentence. If a person is under 18 years of age, they can't be sentenced to jail.
French said he sometimes sentences juveniles to Youth Services in Grand Junction. "That really gets people's attention," he said. "That's worse than going to the county jail."
French said he is paid $250 a month for being the judge in Hotchkiss.
He said the court should meet the same time each month. He suggested the second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m.
It doesn't cost the town any money to put someone in jail.
The town clerk is the court clerk.
Court costs are $25.
Lastly, the town would have to adopt the Model Traffic Code.
There will be a Festival of Trees in Crawford for one week after Thanksgiving. The organizers, Cathy Cheatham and Connie Sanders, have permission to use the Community Room at town hall. Proceeds would benefit the town hall renovation project. On the following Saturday, there would be a potluck, the drawing for the artificial trees, and Mrs. Claus will read to the kids. The trees are artificial. They hope this will be an annual event. The Crawford Chamber of Commerce would monitor the trees during the week.
Jackie Savage, town clerk, gave the trustees the first draft of the 2014 budget.
Last Wednesday's heavy rains caused mudslides in Crawford which covered B Street and removed one-half of the gravel on I Street. By Thursday, Bair had graded I Street again in preparation for its paving. The public works department also cleared out irrigation ditches which were overrun with mud.
Jackie Savage will write a resolution with the new room rental rates.
The next council meeting will be Oct. 2.blog comments powered by Disqus