by Carol Dunn
LA VETA- At the La Veta town board meeting on January 15, Mayor Jerry Fitzgerald informed the public that the water meters will not be read this month. “Because it’s been so cold, it is better to not open [the meter pits] to read the meters,” Fitzgerald said. Town Clerk Laurie Erwin explained, “Whatever you used last month will be used again this month. We have to enter a reading to generate a bill.”
The board discussed doing a drainage study of the town. Trustee Nancy Dick gave her opinion that a scope of study is needed from the engineers. Trustee Dale Davis suggested having a representative – most likely Jason Meyers – from GMS Consulting Engineers meet with the board so it can make a more informed decision about the study. Dick agreed that Meyers could educate the board and any citizens who are interested about what a drainage study would/could entail. She felt there is no rush and the meeting could take place within the next month or two. “The town may or may not move forward with this,” she said. GMS is already doing a sewer study for the town.
Davis read a letter from the Colorado Department of Transportation Region 2 informing La Veta School District RE2 they will be awarded a FY2013 Transportation Alternatives grant.
The grant will fund the school’s Garland Street project in the amount of $270,068. The town will be contributing $35,000 to the project, which was included in the town’s 2013 budget. Davis said the project will start next spring just after school adjourns for the summer. An intergovernmental agreement will be executed and then the design phase will begin.
The board passed two resolutions. Resolution 1-13 describes where the town meetings will be posted: at the town administrative office at 111 W. Moore and at the La Veta Marshal’s office at 204 S. Main. Resolution 2-13 affirmed a lease between the town and the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad for a 96 square-foot space at town hall. The lease runs from January 1 to December 31, 2013 in the amount of $4,000.00, and the tenant pays the water, sewer, gas, electricity, and telephone.
The board voted to renew the liquor license for the La Veta Inn, with Trustee Molyneux abstaining. The operating manager is Kurt Reuss. The board also voted to renew the liquor license for Sammie’s. Owners are David and Sandra Molyneux, and Molyneux abstained during this vote as well.
At the request of the police and code rnforcement committee, Deputy Marshal Tracy Bonham presented the board with a draft policy and procedure for animal control. After taking a few questions, Bonham asked the board to review the procedure and provide comments or suggestions.
County building inspector Steve Channel notified Trustee Davis that AT&T is planning some modifications to the cell towers on the Town’s water tanks. The modifications were not described, and Davis stated that the Town needs to be notified by AT&T if changes are going to be made.