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City council meets for 1st time in 2013

by Eric Mullens
WALSENBURG — The entire membership of the Walsenburg City Council was present for the first meeting of the new year, but took no action on the three ‘new business’ items on their agenda.
Council was told that 70 requests for qualifications to engineering firms for the Northlands project had been sent out by administration and the result was 13 returns and two denials of interest.
The item appeared on the agenda for consideration and potential action by the council.
Also under ‘new business’ was a letter of interest from Brett Corsentino of Corsentino Dairy proposing rental of approximately 300 acres of the city-owned farm. This item also appeared on the agenda for potential action, but was removed as the city is required to publish a ‘request for bid’ for this type of action.
Council members voted unanimously to postpone any action on either item.
The final item appearing for potential action was Ordinance 1018, which deals with city issued burn permits. Council members went through a short list of technical corrections to the proposed ordinance with city attorney Dan Hyatt. Some council members however, indicated they needed more time to study the item.
Council member Erin Jerant moved to postpone the item until later this month. The vote passed with council member Rick Jennings the only member voting against putting off action on the ordinance.

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