Full Agenda for Granada Town Board

 

Mary Root, Judy Walden, not visible-Norma Dorenkamp

The Granada Town Board covered a lot of ground on their agenda this past Wednesday, October 12. Board members discussed dissolving the town’s electrical board and phasing out the sanitation board as both improvement bonds utilized by both entities for community projects have since expired.

Mayor Leslie Baca has been informed about pending electric rate hikes for Granada residents by SECPA director Jack Wolfe. At the same time, the town board has $100,000 in reserves and customers have been paying a monthly two cent charge per kilowatt hour to retire the debt on the town’s electrical system improvements. The board decided to keep a half a cent charge on the payments which will be used to lessen payments for any future repairs. The Trustees intend to pass a resolution at the November meeting to dissolve the electrical board. The electrical lines in Granada need serious tree trimming, as Wolfe said money is being lost each time a tree limb touches a power line, and Granada has a lot of hanging limbs. Wolfe cautioned that the town should accept bids from companies equipped to handle the tree trimming job and not let town crews handle the task, as they are not properly trained or equipped to work with power lines carrying that level of current, and problems or injuries could result in large liability issues.

A Trustee will meet this Monday with the three member sanitation board to discuss how best to phase out the group and let city crews assume those regularly scheduled tasks. One was the periodic flushing of sewer mains in Granada and routine scheduling to make sure all the mains were flushed on a regular basis. Lawrence McMillan said he didn’t feel it was much of a problem as you could see water running when you lifted a manhole cover in town. Trustee Jarene DeBono asked if any preventative maintenance was performed on the mains, referring to a situation in which blue jeans, mop heads and plastic containers had been found clogging one line. It was recommended that some precautions be taken to prevent the manhole covers from being too easily accessible to the general public.

Mary Root, Norma Dorenkamp and Judy Walden from Canyons and Plains heritage tourism group discussed how GOCO funds will be used to have Granada serve as one of four ‘gateway’ sites for tourists entering the state. Walden said a ‘wayfind’ system is being developed to provide information about the local site and the region through a number of kiosks being developed. Other sites in southeast Colorado include Eads, Fowler and Springfield. $80,000 has been provided, with $40,000 from Preserve America to highlight area history and $40,000 from the Division of Wildlife to provide travelers with nature-based information. The proposed kiosk will offer information about Camp Amache and Granada and a local committee will be appointed to develop an information narrative. The proposed site for the building will be the former city clerk’s office, near the community building. Walden said such sites also help capture tourist dollars for a town through their amenities for travelers.

Denise and Robert Torado were given an extension until November 15 to finalize construction of a fence surrounding parked vehicles on their property by the Trustees. Mrs. Torado said delays in shipping the fencing, and she and her husband being out of town on business delayed their progress on the fence. Their property line along their road will also be checked, as the street may be on their land by two feet. The town crew will also work on the muddy conditions and holes that develop on their street as well.

Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty reported that to date, the town had 251 fines and citations that had a face revenue of $32,168.90. Dougherty said the actual amount may be lessened once some of the cases come to court. A replacement for Officer Ramsay was discussed with the Trustees. Dougherty said he had two candidates for the position which becomes open at the end of the month. $20,000 in grant funding is available for salaries for an eight month period, and the town provides housing for the extra officer. When asked if the eight months was too short to hire anyone, given the amount of time needed for training, and the town was entering a low population season, the Chief said he could fast-track the sessions to about six weeks. No decision was taken, but Chief Dougherty said he’d look at other candidates as well.

The board approved the purchase of some general hand tools for John McMillan, along with a combination portable wire welder, generator and an air compressor. Total cost of the equipment was $4,465. Replacement parts for the town’s grader were also approved, as well as two, 16 inch, John Deere chain saws.

Laura Corrasco requested use of the town complex for a kid’s Halloween party on Sunday, October 30. There will be six adults on hand to supervise the school age kids. The Methodist Church Harvest Dinner will be held November 16 and December 3 is still on hold for a planned baby shower. The board will also explore the status of the town’s Fire Pension Fund. Questions have developed on how the funds can be used, how to draw the funds, and how to discontinue the Pension Fund if they choose.

By Russ Baldwin

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