The Orchard City trustees heard some constituent ideas on issues; got feedback on an extension to the fire house substation at the town shops; and was asked for support for the newly named HopeWest (formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado) during a regular monthly meeting on Oct. 11.
Resident Willie LaPlante told trustees they need to re-think a proposal from Delta County Fire District #3.
The district wants to station a third fire truck at Orchard City and is asking the town to provide a $40,000 extension to the sub-station that can accommodate a new tanker.
LaPlante noted that the fire district, a separate government entity from the town, should be responsible for housing the vehicle. Before the trustees decide to spend that money, they should ask the town's voters, he added.
The official request to the town for the building extension came from the volunteer firefighters. The request should have come to the elected Orchard City Town Board directly from the elected fire district board, LaPlante noted.
The town trustees will consider the issue as part of the 2014 budget that will be adopted in December.
In other business at their Oct. 11 regular meeting, the trustees dealt with the following matters:
• A property tax increase proposal by the county library district has the support of resident Tom Huerkamp who asked the town board to join him in supporting the measure.
• Trustees were asked for a $1,000 donation to HopeWest, formerly known as Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
The new name was suggested by area physicians who felt the "hospice" label carried negative connotations for some of their patients, explained Lynn Shirk, community coordinator for HopeWest.
The HopeWest banner will serve as the umbrella identification for all of the services included in the former hospice name. Those services include a 13-bed acute care hospital; HopeWest Bereavement individual counseling and Mending Hearts program; HopeWest Kids program for children and teens; and, HopeWest Care transitions program of palliative care.
Trustees will take up the donation request as part of their 2014 budget process that has just gotten under way.
• A water committee report singled out a number of accomplishments by the town water utility over the year. They included the 4-H Shooting Sports facility water line and other water line projects; the ordering of three audit meters to help locate and stop system leaks (one meter is already installed in the Austin area); completion of the cross connection with the Coalby Domestic water system; and, some rather uneven progress on an engineer's computerized water model of the town system.
• The roads committee said that $6,350 is needed for a truck-mounted snow plow. Also, the town's Gator will be replaced with a vehicle manufactured by Polaris and costing $9,000
• Staff reported receipt of $43,000 in state severance tax payments ($30,000 was budgeted) and $85,000 in federal mineral lease payments ($80,000 was budgeted).
• Trustees voted to opt out of a program run by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Instead, the town will instead pursue its hoped-for hydropower project premission via a regulatory route that avoids the heavy-handed rules, processes, and administration of FERC.blog comments powered by Disqus