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La Veta water is good

by Carol Dunn

LA VETA- After nine months of being told by the State that its water quality is out of compliance, the Town of La Veta Board learned at its February 3 meeting that the water is actually ok and has been ok all along.  According to Rob St. Peter, water plant operator, the La Veta plant was classified incorrectly by the State Water Quality Control Division, and the mistake was recently corrected.  “That water is a great product,” St. Peter said.

    Shannon Shrout implored the Board to erect a steel building at the water plant.  The building would be used for office space, records storage, testing, and to provide a more professional atmosphere.  Shrout gave the Board an estimate of $83,684 for the building, but said the Town could probably get it built for less.

    Of the water project, Mayor Mickey Schmidt said, “We really appreciate the patience of the townspeople.  They are persevering through this entire mess.”  

    The Board passed a resolution requiring that contractors be tested before receiving a license from the Town Building Department.  Tom Lessar, Building Inspector, explained that a center recognized by the International Code Council will provide contractor certification.  

    La Veta Schools superintendent Dave Seaney presented a request to the Board to close, but not vacate, Garland Street so the schools could develop a park and outdoor classrooms.  “The teachers call it Garland Street divide,” he said.  “It is not as conducive to our culture as we would like.”  Seaney showed the Board plans for a closed campus, which would only grant access on Garland for emergency vehicles.  The Board will discuss the proposal further at the February 17 meeting.

    The Town agreed to co-sponsor a grant application to GOCO to resurface the track at the football field with asphalt and a polyurethane surface.  

    The final replat application for Grandote subdivision lots 28-35, 37, 38 Filing #1 was approved and will be recorded per the maps in the application.

    A public hearing will be held February 17 at 6:45 pm on a commercial redevelopment permit application by Liz and Jerry Henson to add the use of “liquor store” to their property at 160 Francisco Street. 

Bertha Trujillo

  Bertha Trujillo, 97, from Gardner, Colo., entered her eternal home on Feb. 12, 2024. She was born in Gardner, Colo., on Sept. 30, 1926,

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