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Repaving in limbo in La Veta

by Carol Dunn

LA VETA- According to La Veta Mayor Mickey Schmidt, communications are still flying back and forth regarding the poor pavement patching completed as part of the Town’s recent water and sewer project.  At the Board’s meeting August 4, Schmidt said GMS Engineering has informed Pate Construction that the patching needs to be redone.  “The Town’s position, through GMS, is that they need to take up all the patching, recompact the base, and put down new asphalt,” Schmidt explained.  Meanwhile, the paving company submitted a new, much lower bid of about $41,000 to pave from the current patched asphalt to the curbs.  About the bid, unrelated to the repaving issue, Trustee Dale Davis commented, “Their responsibility they are not addressing at all.” 

    The Board voted to spend $2,850 to have the frame prepared and a new snow plow blade installed on one of the Town’s old dump trucks.

    The Town’s dam engineer has determined that there is no imminent threat from the outflow structure on the north Town lake.  The Town will be able to take the winter to decide on the best course of action and will also be able to study a mechanism for quick drawdown of the lakes, a new State requirement.

    The Town received a complaint from a motorist who was ticketed at the intersection of Grand and Oak Streets.  The letter suggested the sign, which is on State Highway right-of-way, be moved.  However, Marshal Harold Willburn told the Board, “The position of the sign is set by federal statute.”

    The Board approved the renewal of the liquor license for Nanda Ghan’s Restaurant at 220 S. Main St.  Dave Hamilton and Bobbi Sargent were granted a variance to live in an R.V. on their property for 45 days while they begin remodeling their house.  The variance ends September 19. 

    The Board voted to cover expenses to send Judge Al Drum to a Judge’s conference in Steamboat Springs.