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La Veta receives $125K loan for water and sanitation project

LA VETA — At their Tuesday regular meeting Tuesday night the La Veta town board accepted an interest free loan in the amount of $120,000 from the Colorado Water Resources & Power Development Authority. The board then unanimously approved Resolution No. SE-2015-1, which sets forth the process for utilizing said funds.“This puts us closer to completing the project.” said Mayor Doug Brgoch. However, a recent underground camera survey of the town’s manholes, water and sewer lines revealed the system is in much worse shape than originally thought. Although the $120K loan was initially seen as a loan that would cover 50% of the costs, that is no longer the case. Brgoch added, “Funding, thus far, only covers about 25% of all that is needed for this project.”

Under old business, the town had recently received two bids from Pueblo firms to address asbestos abatement work at the old marshal’s office on Main Street. Both bids, however, needed clarification. Although additional clarification was received, both bids still leave questions unanswered. The board agreed to table the issue until the next meeting and after the needed information is available.

The Francisco Fort Museum Board forwarded two letters to the town board. One was a letter of resignation from Museum Board Director Nancy Christofferson. The other, a letter from Marie Ortivez expressing interest in joining the board. The town board unanimously approved Ortivez as a board member to finish out the remainder of Christofferson’s term.
As required by the state’s open meeting laws, the town board passed Resolution No. 1-15, designating the town hall lobby and outside kiosk as the official locations for posting all official town government meetings and public notices.
Grandote Peaks Golf Course Manager/ Owner Charles Briggs submitted a letter to the town board requesting a meeting with the board to discuss, “water issues and opportunities and possible future annexation of Grandote properties.” The board agreed to have the town clerk send a response letter to Mr. Briggs inviting him to attend the January 20 meeting of the board to discuss these issues.
The board voted to accept a bid from La Veta Oil Company for the purchase of four new tires for the town’s backhoe for a total cost of $1,637.62
Under board reports, trustee Shane Clouse stated that he and David Steffan, with the Historical Preservation Committee, will attend classes in Denver on Feb. 4, 5 and 6. The classes will cover a variety of topics including grant writing.
Under committee reports, Trustee Dave Molyneux noted that two culverts had been ordered as part of the Mill Ditch Drainage Project. As soon as the ground is workable one culvert will be placed on Grand Street, the other on Garland Street.
In his report, Marshal Harold Willburn stated he had “arrested” a rooster after receiving a call from dispatch. Apparently the rooster had been in the area of west Francisco Street for several days chasing dogs and being a nuisance. The rooster now resides in the marshal’s chicken house.