by Carol Dunn
LA VETA– At the La Veta Town Board meeting on November 17, Mayor Mickey Schmidt announced that the lawsuit against the Town regarding the annexation of the Grandote development has been dismissed by the Court. Golf Course manager Kelly Popejoy reminded the Board from the audience that Grandote has 45 days to appeal, and the 16-EQR lawsuit is still ongoing.
The Board agreed to spend up to $1,000 to purchase a laptop computer for the water department so the staff can download training materials and track water treatment data electronically.
The Board ratified two new library trustees effective January 1, 2010: George Hughes and Sterling Lathrop. It was mentioned that the La Veta Public Library has received a five-star rating and is the top-rated of the “star” libraries in Colorado.
Carolyn Newman told the Board that the Tourism Board has received a $48,000 federal highways grant to promote the Scenic Highway of Legends. Newman said signs about the Highway will be erected in Trinidad, Walsenburg, Aguilar and La Veta, and informational stops are planned for Stonewall, Cokedale and the Devil’s Stairsteps. Three years ago the La Veta Town Board pledged $1,000 toward the project as a local match, and Newman asked if those funds could be released in 2010. She said the grant funding will also be used to purchase brochures and possibly audio programs.
The Board accepted an application from Dr. Tim Wood for commercial redevelopment at 815 South Oak St. Representing Wood, Tom Lessar said a room in the residence will be remodeled into an office and an addition will be built onto the house. Because the house sits on the property line, a variance will need to be granted for any work to take place on the structure. A public hearing will be held on the application on December 1 at 6:55 pm.
A public hearing will be held on the Town’s 2010 budget on Dec.1 at 6:45 pm.
There was discussion about some potentially dangerous broken and dangling tree branches around Town. The Tree Board was asked to contact Robert Ingoldby about cleaning up branches on the Town’s right-of-way in return for Ingoldby using the Town’s slash burning site.
The Board approved renewing the 3.2 liquor license for the Cliff Brice station.