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High school student sworn in as La Veta Town board member

by Patsy Garber
LA VETA — La Veta’s newest and youngest board member, Logan Taggart, was sworn in at the La Veta town meeting Tuesday evening and took his seat with the mayor and other board members.. Taggart is a senior at La Veta High School, eighteen years old. He says that he has been interested in politics since he was thirteen, and got involved in the last presidential election. He has, when not in school, worked at the San Isabel Scout Ranch. He is filling a vacant position which comes up for re-election in April, so his term will end then. After graduation he plans to go to college and obtain a bachelors degree in science, then continue in school to be a chiropractor. Originally from Fort Collins, he has lived in La Veta since 2005. He obtained his seat on the board by submitting a petition with the required number of signatures. There were two openings, but no one submitted a petition to fill the other slot.
Taggart’s swearing in followed a discussion about Resolution No. 9-13, a resolution cancelling the special municipal election scheduled for October 1, due to the fact that there were no more candidate petitions turned in than those offices available. It was agreed that the election would be cancelled. Concern was expressed because there would now be six members on the board, with no one to break a tie vote. There was also concern that no one besides Taggart had shown enough interest in the town to submit a petition to become a board member. There was some discussion about calling for an election to reduce the required number of board members from seven to five.
Other new business included discussions about making the first payment for the now completed North Dam Lake Project and trees that need to be trimmed or removed. Sandra Helwig brought up the issue of drainage problems on Locust and showed pictures of the flooding in her yard and garage after the last big rains. It was agreed that all the culverts should be cleaned out and other work done to address the problem. Mayor Fitzgerald said it should be fixed within two months.
Laurie Erwin, the town clerk, announced that a notice submitted to one of the newspapers last week, stating that AT&T would be raising their cell towers 60 feet above the water tanks, was a mistake, and there would be a retraction in the paper this week.
A finance committee meeting was set for next Tuesday at 6 pm to discuss an issue regarding health insurance for personnel. The meeting was then adjourned.

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