Granada Water Restrictions Continue

Granada residents will be on water use restrictions for about two more weeks, according to the update given to the town board Wednesday, May 11. Several booster pumps short-circuited due to a water leak from a rusted flange submerging them in the pump pit. Water is now being provided through a gravity feed from the town’s two tanks, one in city and the other at Camp Amache. The water is potable, as it has been diverted through the chlorination system, but the pressure can be inconsistent. The board said repairs are delayed because the replacement parts are at least 30 years old and not easily traceable. Additional upgrades to the total system are being considered and at this point, no estimate has been available for the project. The board will check to see if current insurance policies can cover the cost.

Crystal Cook was given an extension of 45 days to complete a house re-construction project, revamping 24 feet of trailer house and adapting it to her current residence. The project has apparently been underway and Cook was seeking advice on any special ordinances that would apply to her project as she has encountered some unavoidable delays for completion. She told the board that lumber and other salvageable sections of the trailer will be used as a deck, cupboards, roof and doors. Cook said none of the old trailer wiring will be used, and the frame will be discarded. Board members voted to allow an extension for the project which includes removal of the old trailer. They stated they will inform Granada residents that hereafter; a work permit must be approved before any type of construction begins within city limits. The board’s next meeting will include an ordinance review for using empty trailers or mobile homes as storage facilities.

Building permits were granted to Laura Carrasco for sidewalk, fence and patio work; Andrea Riddle for sidewalks, patio and deck and to Rick Silva for a ten by six foot sidewalk.

Fire Chief Silva told the board that because not enough calls had been made for department assistance, the department’s grant request for funds for a fire truck had been denied. Silva said he’d located two trucks that are in the city’s price range, around $20,000. One is in California and the other is in Illinois. He said the repair estimate on the present truck is about $17,000. The board will review the budget’s capital expenditures to see how much leeway they have in making a purchase. Silva said transport of the truck would cost $3,500, and he’d seek out other grants. The board approved the purchase of a $499 pressure washer which will be used to clean city vehicles and maintenance equipment.

Under Old Business, the board discussed the pasture lease contract with Charles Creech. Cattle have been grazing at the Camp Amache site for several years. The five year grant had a five year extension which ends February, 2010. Because of its federal historic designation, the government has long range plans to erect a portion of the camp to its original state back in the 1940s. There is concern the grazing cattle could damage those structures if they continue to graze over the property.

Under New Business, the board ratified an earlier email vote for the Harmon bid of $4,600 for landscaping care for Park maintenance. On a similar matter, the board decided to advertise a seasonal summer position for mowing, tree-trimming and other duties as the board advises. Pay is $8 per hour for up to 32 hours a week.

Police chief, David Dougherty told the board, a grant application for a safety sidewalk on Hoisington Street was denied. CDOT sponsors a ‘Safe Routes for School’ project and Dougherty said he received some guidelines which will help the next time the grant cycle comes around. The project is estimated at $245,000. Students taking Hoisington Street have to walk in the road.

The board decided to move the August 2, National Night Out event to the town park instead of the municipal complex, as it should be a cooler location among the trees. Chris Choat was chosen to serve on the town’s VALE board. The council will review the residency requirements for VALE board members. Chief Dougherty received the go ahead to store non-evidentiary items at the old jail. He said there is little space left in his office for the materials. After six months, the items can be sold or discarded. The board gave permission to purchase a remote key fob for the police cruiser. Dougherty said having only one door accessible by key on the cruiser can create a safety hazard when putting a suspect in the vehicle. Cost of the fob is $185 and $45 to program it. The chief’s request for $551 for ammunition for the department was approved. He explained that officers must pass an annual state shooting course and need the rounds for practice, as well as everyday routine. The board approved $250 for 1,000 feet of coax cable which will connect surveillance cameras at the municipal shed and gas tank to the police department office. Approval was also given to purchase an $80 sign pointing the way from the highway to the police department and municipal offices. Board members discussed moving their monthly meeting to a new date, more in line with their schedules. The board will review the matter at the July meeting.

The board approved requests for the rental of the city complex: May 27 – 8th Grade graduation dance; May 28 – Jerry Ibarra Family get-together; Rife Reunion (Myrna DuVall) – June 11;  Riddle Baby Shower – July 2 and July 23-24 – Leora Creech 100th Birthday Party.

By Russ Baldwin

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