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La Veta street saga bumps along

by Carol Dunn

LA VETA– At its September 15 meeting, the La Veta Town Board decided to accept the fix recommended by GMS Consulting Engineers on the paved streets affected by the water/ sewer project.  The fix has evolved from completely re-do the paving to just an overlay of the existing patch job.  “We’ve gone from one extreme to the other extreme,” said Mayor Mickey Schmidt.  Schmidt said in conversations with Jason and Ed Meyer of GMS Consulting Engineers, he was assured that the overlays would be a sufficient.  Geotech, which tested the existing asphalt and roadbed, advises that the coarse backfill under the pavement has finished settling and is now adequate.  The performance bonds on the project will be held open for two years, and the Town will take a two year warranty on the overlay work.  “My opinion is that we don’t really have a choice,” he said.  The Board decided to set objective criteria for evaluating the overlays after two years.  “In two years we ought to be able to know if it’s going to hold,” Schmidt told the Board.  He said the work can now proceed and be finished before the weather turns bad.  “I’ll be so glad when this project is over,” he added.

    As agreed during the Town’s July 21 meeting, the student-led organization Get R!EAL Colorado submitted to the Board a proposed design for a 10” x 14” sign to be posted in the park and at the ball field.  The succinct wording of the proposed sign was, “NO SMOKING Unless You’re On Fire.”  Schmidt said the proposed sign gives the impression that there is a prohibition on smoking, although there is not.  Trustee Tracy Webb added that the sign “seems to have overstepped the original discussion we had.”  The Board will suggest a revision. 

    Schmidt reported that the Town has filed a motion for a summary judgment in the water tap (EQR) case involving the Grandote Peaks Homeowners Association.  If that motion is not granted, the trial will be held in early December, 2009.

    The Board set a workshop for a hydrant agreement with the La Veta Fire District on Sept. 23 at 6:30 pm at Town Hall.  The Board approved a commercial development permit for Harold Andreatta on lots 9 and 10, Pinkerton Addition.  The Board approved a request from La Veta Fire District to park the Bonfils Bloodmobile on Ryus Ave. for a blood drive on Oct. 3 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.­