LA VETA — In one of their lengthier meetings in recent memory, the La Veta Town Board took care of business Tuesday night. The board held a public hearing prior to their regularly scheduled second monthly meeting. Logan Taggart had submitted a request to the board for a variance to run a home computer related business. No comments were received during the hearing. Noting Taggart’s paperwork was in order and with no voiced concerns, the board approved the variance. A second topic involving Taggart came from him in his role as secretary of the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce. The chamber desires to create a town slogan via a contest, where anyone can submit ideas. The chamber would narrow the selection to five and asked the town board to choose the final slogan. After some discussion the board felt this endeavor should be done entirely by the chamber with no board involvement, and the idea failed to get a motion. The sewer project continues, with recent rain slowing progress. Next week the main effort will move
to the area near La Veta Propane on east High Street. It was noted the work has done damage to alleys, and the town will need to correct the problem with additional road base and grading. The first bills from the project were submitted, with $109,809.32 going to the general contractor RMS, and $20,550.83 going to GMS, the town’s engineering firm. The board awarded Paul Morgan Excavation with additional work related to RE-2 school district’s Garland Street Drainage and Renovation project. Morgan’s work will primarily pertain to the high school parking lot south of the school, as it directly correlates with the town’s sewer improvement project. The work must be completed by June 15th and cost no more than $8,250. Ancillary work will be put out to bid in the future. The board agreed to formally join the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District’s Cuchara River Storage Collaborative as it moves forward to repair and replace the 53 water holding vessels/reservoirs within the Cuchara River drainage. In other business, the board set a hearing on June 2 at 6:45 pm for a setback variance requested by Audie Barrett as he wants to place a shed in his back yard, renewed liquor licenses for La Veta Loco and Aly’s Restaurant, voted to purchase a 1999 used dump truck replacing the town’s current one for it cannot pass state inspections, and will call for bids on the two remaining improvements to the former La Veta Marshal’s office. The board also agreed to send the town’s backhoe to Wagner/CAT in Pueblo for initial repairs, not to exceed $18,000, voted to allow the placement of up to three additional commemorative historical signs on town property, invited members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Beautification group to meet with the board at their June 2 session, and discussed a request for town funds to help pay for flowers/ planters/hanging planters. They also passed Resolution #4-15 as part of an Intergovernmental Agreement supporting the hiring of a part-time employee in the county building department to review applications for contractor licenses. Lastly, Mayor Brgoch signed the town’s annual Arbor Day proclamation that May 26 will be Arbor Day in La Veta.