by Carol Dunn
LA VETA- At its March 3 meeting, the La Veta Town Board accepted a bid of $3,500 from George W. Bergers, Pueblo West, to provide the electrical engineering for the Fort Francisco Museum improvements. The Bergers bid specified that documents and calculations would be furnished for multiple buildings at the museum for electrical system upgrades. Those buildings will include the West Museum, school, saloon and mining museum. The Town aims to have the actual work on the electrical system finished by Memorial Day.
The Board passed a resolution proclaiming March 8-14 as Girl Scout Week in the Town of La Veta. March 12, 2009 is the 97th anniversary of the Girl Scouts organization.
Jon Saunders with SECOM provided sample leases to the Board and told the trustees that the company basically wants a right to use the existing utility corridor to run a fiber optic line to the La Veta schools. Mayor Mickey Schmidt told Saunders, “Get a lease together . . . and forward it to our [the Town’s] attorney for his review.” As an alternative to a small cash lease payment, the Board indicated it would be interested in having Internet access at Town Hall and the Community Center.
If the crew working on the water project can obtain asphalt, it may begin patching Ryus and Francisco streets and two cuts in Highway 12 during the week of March 9. The outlet to the south lake has been located, but it is not economically feasible to put a valve on the old deteriorated pipe. Mayor Schmidt told the Board that a company will be hired to do a wet tap instead. After the valve is in place, the Town will finally have the ability to switch water sources among the south lake, the north lake and the stream. The easement for the diversion structure is still being worked on by the Colorado Land Trust legal department. According to Mayor Schmidt, San Isabel Electric will not run power to the site until it has a copy of the easement.
Mayor Schmidt also reported that Alltel Wireless has submitted a cellular service plan to the Town’s attorney, who is now reviewing it. The plan is reportedly similar to the agreement the Town has with CommNet Wireless.
The Board approved a setback variance of six feet for a porch on a home belonging to Anne Renaud-Wilkinson at 309 S. Oak Street.