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Trustees address drought planning, community garden

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The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees met for a brief executive session and a longer work session on Thursday, April 12. The purpose of the executive session was stated on the special meeting agenda as being "for a conference with attorney for purpose of receiving legal advice." The Colorado Revised Statutes Open Meetings Act, CRS 26-6-204 (4)(b) allows a public body to confer with an attorney for legal advice during an executive session which is not open to the public.

The remainder of the work session was open to the public. The work session is a discussion-only meeting which essentially previews for trustees the agenda for their next regular meeting. No action is taken at work sessions but the trustees spend considerable time discussing the town's drought response plan which was first approved in 2012. Jerry Young, public works co-director, suggested that the town give serious consideration to adopting the actions outlined in stage one of the drought plan. Those actions call for voluntary conservation measures on the part of citizens and continual monitoring of the situation by town officials.

Young conceded that the area may yet have a wet spring which has helped after previous dry winters. He stated that the next six weeks may be critical for deciding what actions are required. The drought plan lists details regarding how drought is to be measured and actions that can be taken to help the town in efforts to either increase the water supply or decrease water usage. According to Young, the town plans to communicate with citizens regarding steps to be taken in the coming months. Information will be posted on the town's Facebook page and in the town's monthly newsletter "Writing on the Edge" which is included with town water bills.

Citizens who wish to read the town's drought response plan can find a link at the town's website: http://www.cedaredgecolorado.com/ At the website, type the word drought in the "site search" box.

Based on the trustees' discussion on April 12, action may be taken on April 19 regarding the town's drought response plan and a resolution concerning the community garden may be considered. The community garden was listed on the draft agenda for the April 19 meeting. However, based on the work session discussion, action on the garden may be delayed, especially with regard to decisions regarding water usage and water rate. Given the possibility that the town may have to adopt drought planning measures, the trustees indicated that decisions related to water may require further discussion.

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