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SPACe is halfway on funding

by Carol Dunn

LA VETA– According to grantwriter John Manos, the Spanish Peaks Art Council (SPACe) has raised about $125,000 toward construction of a two-story addition onto the SPACe gallery.  Although Manos requested the Town Board’s partnership on government grant applications, Mayor Mickey Schmidt explained it is preferable for the Trustees to have a grant application to review, then they could consider supporting it.  

    The Board accepted an application for a liquor license during Oktoberfest on October 3.  A public hearing will be held July 21 at 6:45 pm.  Julie Fairman told the Board that the organizers are hoping to provide some shade by moving the “Beergarden” onto the sidewalk in front of two empty store fronts.  

    Harold Andreatta has submitted a commercial development application for a landscape business on Lots 9 and 10 of the Pinkerton Addition, at the north end of town.  The Board asked him for additional information on drainage, dust abatement, a survey and a topographic map.  The application was accepted as “substantially complete” and will be discussed during a public hearing on July 21 at 6:30 pm.

    Rusty Goodall, a Trinidad contractor who bid on the water treatment plant construction project, voiced his concerns about the inconsistencies in the bids and the way the contractor was selected.  Mayor Schmidt explained, “Under our bid guidelines, the Board is allowed to overlook errors in bids . . . to consider apples to apples, then select a contractor.”

    The Board approved $1,825 of work by George French on the museum saloon and $3,375 for work on the south side shed wall.  French will also install screen doors, window screens and wood trim at Town Hall for a price of $1,575.  

    Trustee Dale Davis told the Board a new handicap parking space will be located in front of Bachman & Associates.  “As soon as the signs come in, we can get it done,” he said.