The Paonia Town Council meeting on Nov. 12 began with a constiuent unhappy with the work of the public works department. Mayor Neal Schwieterman said that Travis Loberg, public works director, would respond to the complaints in the minutes for the meeting.
Those minutes should be available for review for the Nov. 26 council meeting.
The Town of Paonia has a grant agreement with the Department of Local Affairs for the two-million gallon water project. Jim Briscoe, town attorney until the end of the year, reviewed the 20-page contract and told the town council he had no objection to it "from the standpoint that it obviously was created for the State of Colorado to grant the funds to municipalities."
Trustee Ross King motioned for approval of the town's grant application. There was unanimous approval.
Richard Van Gytenbeek, outreach coordinator for Colorado River Basin, previously made a presentation to the town council about Our Colorado River. He requested a letter of support from the town which would be used for a grant application with Trout Unlimited. The council approved the letter of support which explained the value of the North Fork of the Gunnison River which runs through Paonia. The letter was "enthusiastically submitted" and signed by Mayor Schwieterman.
It was time for the liquor license renewal for the Blue Sage Center for the Arts. Director Annette Pretorius spoke on behalf of the center. Barbara Peterson, town clerk, said the center did not have to submit a report of corporate changes form because they did not have a change of officers in the past year. They had already submitted the paperwork for their change of directors. The council approved their liquor license renewal application.
Greg Mellott presented a petition concerning the need for Foreign Trade Manufacturing Standards. Mayor Schwieterman said he was not sure how the citizenry of Paonia stood on that issue. Ross King said the issue was not one for the town board to decide, and suggested he submit his petition to the U.S. Congress. Trustee Sarah Sauter offered to help him but not as a trustee. As a community organizer, Sauter said she would help put him in touch with people who might be beneficial to starting his petition and campaign.
The Rocky Mountain Sierra Club, which did not have a representative present, asked the town council to endorse a letter to the Bureau of Land Management for stronger national rules on fracking. Mayor Schwieterman again commented that it would be difficult for the council to represent the entire community on this issue. King said he could endorse some points in the Sierra Club letter, like knowing what chemicals are being used in fracking. Other points in the letter he found contradictory, and said he didn't think the board should endorse the Sierra Club letter on behalf of all Paonia citizens. Trustee Eric Goold said he agreed with King and said it was right for the council to support the North Fork Alternative Plan for BLM's Resource Management Plan, but not the Sierra Club letter. The mayor explained that the alternative plan addresses the local area, while the Sierra Club is addressing the national BLM on a national plan.
"They are two pretty separate things," Mayor Schwieterman said.
The council decided to take no action.blog comments powered by Disqus