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La veta approves IGA for emergency communications

by Carol Dunn

LA VETA- At its Tuesday night meeting the La Veta Town Board voted to authorize the Mayor to sign the intergovernmental agreement for provision of emergency communication services.  Three fire districts and the City of Walsenburg will also be reviewing the document and deciding whether they are also willing to enter into the agreement.  Mayor Mickey Schmidt pointed out that, if the proposed 1% increase in sales tax does not pass in November, the direct cost to La Veta for each incident-generated dispatch call will be $25.  As the County gears up to take over dispatch services, Mayor Schmidt said job descriptions are being developed and a request for proposals to install an updated computer-aided dispatch system will soon be advertised.

    Dan Wachob was present to revisit the preliminary plan application for Grandote Golf & Country Club.  He said, “in light of recent events” It may be time to move the plan forward, although he did not elaborate as to what those events are.  Wachob also questioned the zoning designation of Grandote, whether it is R1 or R2.  Consensus of the Trustees was that R2 is the correct designation.  Wachob said additional engineering and siting of water and sewer lines need to be finished before a final plat can be presented.  Mayor Schmidt reminded Wachob that the pending lawsuit must be settled before submitting a final plat would be appropriate.  “We are working diligently to get the lawsuit settled,” Schmidt said.

    A representative of GMS Consulting Engineers presented a request for partial payment of the contractor as work continues on the Town’s water project.  He said there are two crews working at this time, on Poplar and Main, and the plan is to add another crew.  The project has been finished, backfilled and compacted on Main Street between Garland and Cascade.  The next step is to test the lines, then try to get the highway paved before winter.  Trustee Don Keairns asked if the conditions on Main Street are expected to improve soon, and he was told that parking should be available again by the weekend. 

    In response to citizen concerns about diesel equipment in the vicinity of 308 Pinkerton Road, Marshal Harold Willburn offered to speak to Harold Andreatta, owner of the equipment.  The property owners are hoping that the equipment can be kept 50 feet away from the residences.  Mayor Schmidt pointed out that the activities that have already taken place at the property required a commercial development permit, which was not applied for.

    A permit application for commercial redevelopment at 106 East Francisco by Elizabeth Henson was accepted.  A liquor license application was approved for Nanda Ghan’s Mexican Cantina at 220 South Main. 

    The Board retired to executive session to discuss legal negotiations.