LA VETA — At their regular meeting the La Veta Town Board voted to move a special board meeting scheduled for March 22, from the community center to the town hall. The single purpose of that meeting is to cancel the April 5 municipal elections, due to a lack of candidates. As the board moved to old business, they voted to purchase a new Husqvarna lawn mower for $3,199.99, less a $60 rebate. The mower will be used for the town park and other town property. Also under old business, the board approved to spend no more than $5,000 for additional improvements to the municipal building (the former Marshal’s office). Those funds will go towards conference tables, 28 conference chairs, a drawing board, and outside signage. Additional funds will be needed for computers and audio to be used by the municipal court. Under new business the board voted to pay Paul Morgan Excavation a second partial payment of $40,887 for his work on the Mexican Ditch project. This payment had been revised due to an engineer’s audit noting some errors. At a request from the Regional Building Authority, the town board moved to reappoint trustee Dale Davis to the
RBA. With the recent resignation of town employee Shannon Shrout, the board voted to advertise for a replacement. That person should have experience with operating heavy equipment, be mechanically adept and most importantly either be licensed or able to soon be licensed as a water and sewer plant operator. This would require, at a minimum, a Class D license. Ultimately, the town prefers a Class B license, which Shrout had as well as well the town’s senior operator, Rob St. Peter. “As a small town, we were lucky to have two Class B licenses cover our water and sewer,” said Mayor Doug Brgoch. Mayor Brgoch reported the receipt of an $850,000 grant to be applied towards a new waste water treatment plant, adding, “That is just a drop in the bucket.” This is due to the fact that ultimately, the plant will cost between $3 to $8 million. Brgoch also stated that a kickoff meeting was held on the Ryus Avenue Bridge project, with the contractor Bohannon and Associates. Design, environmental, and geotechnical work will proceed over the next few months, weather permitting. The project should go to bid in the June time frame, with construction to replace the bridge beginning in September. The Historical Preservation Committee reported their recent survey revealed 10 properties as possibly being contributing structures. The organization is working on developing a website, and creating more historic plaques like the previous ones placed around town.