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La Veta adopts 2009 budget

by Carol Dunn

LA VETA- At its meeting on December 2, the La Veta Town Board adopted the 2009 budget and, as Mayor Mickey Schmidt phrased it, “a plethora of resolutions” to go with it.  The Town will assess 5.01 mills in taxes based on a final certification of value of $8,625,608.  Funds appropriated included: general $877,021; water $375,934; capital $200,000; debt service $12,765; and sewer $395,203.  Part- and full-time salaries were also set.  The Board resolved to have all year-end fund balances become part of the Town’s reserve funds.

    Harold Andreatta was back with a more complete application for a commercial parking lot.  Andreatta, an excavator, said he would be parking up to ten trucks or pieces of heavy equipment on the site and placing a few sample piles of aggregate.  Trustee Dawn Blanken commented, “It’s not really a commercial parking lot and doesn’t really meet the criteria for the use applied for.”  She also suggested a plan to “minimize trouble with the neighbors.”  Andreatta said, “I did hear there were complaints about the diesel smoke, but the prevailing winds are out of the west, not the north.”  Mayor Schmidt recommended that Andreatta change his application to a landscaping business, which he agreed to do.  The Board accepted the application and scheduled a public hearing for December 16 at 6:30 pm.

    The Board accepted permit applications from Deb and Larry Klinke for opening a three bedroom Bed and Breakfast at 902 South Oak St.  A public hearing about the B&B will be held January 6 at 6:45 pm.  In response to a question about the code requirement for three off-street parking spaces for the B&B customers, Mrs. Klinke replied, “There is no room for off-street parking.”

    The Board approved the renewal of the liquor license for the Blue Rooster saloon at 923 South Oak St. 

    Brian Orr, publisher of the Huerfano Journal, suggested that the Town get competitive bids for publishing its legal notices.    With the general consensus that “it couldn’t hurt,” the Board agreed to solicit bids from the three area newspapers within a few weeks.

    December 26 and January 2 were set as holidays for all Town employees.