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La Veta hires Chamberlain as new Deputy Marshal

LA VETA — There’s a new Marshal in town, but he isn’t really all that new. Former Walsenburg Police Chief Jim Chamberlain was hired by the La Veta Town Board at their regular meeting Tuesday night. Chamberlain will start on June 16 as the town’s deputy marshal at an annual salary of $30,000. In other old business, the board heard an update from engineer Mark Hornberger on the sewer project. Hornberger stated with the improved weather the work crews are getting back on schedule. Current work is focusing on the realignment, repair and replacement of manholes throughout the town. At the next board meeting Hornberger will provide a financial update. Prior to their meeting the board held a public hearing pertaining to a request from Audie Barrett, who had asked for a variance to place a storage shed in his backyard closer than the allowed setbacks. No comments were received pro or con. The board granted the variance. The board had a

lengthy discussion on town beautification. In this case, three members of the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce were on hand to clarify their request for funds. Chamber members noted the Main Street Beautification group has been dissolved with the chamber now in charge. The plan is to place town trash cans in strategic locations downtown, which they will be emptied twice daily by a chamber laborer. The trash will then be placed into a dumpster. The chamber asked the town to allow the use of the trash cans, and to contribute $180 per month for five months towards half of the monthly cost of the dumpster for a total of $900. The board agreed, with Mayor Doug Brgoch noting the chamber should really be working in sync with the town’s park and tree board on this issue. The chamber members agreed, adding next year they will develop a more detailed plan for town beautification and ask for funds during the regular budget process. A possible biker rally and concert has been proposed at La Veta Airport for May 27 to 30, 2016, which would be on a par with the Red River Valley biker rally. Spokesman for the event Terry Weeks arrived late for the board meeting and left early so the issue was tabled. In a letter to the town, organizers expect the first year’s attendance to be at 5,000 and by year four it could reach 20,000. The airport area would serve as the rally site, concert venue and camping area. In other business, the board reviewed Sandy Dolak’s request to place a small covered wagon on the roof of the boardwalk in front of her business noting there were lingering issues. They approved the school district using up to 100,000 gallons of town water for the Garland Street redevelopment project, and set a redevelopment hearing for June 16, at 6:50 pm, to discuss Lisa Northup’s request for business developments on her property at 116 West Francisco Street. The mayor signed an intergovernmental agreement with the county pertaining to specific road improvements/maintenance in La Veta to be done by the county using town tax dollars. It was noted the IGA needed some corrections to be made and those were addressed by the board.