Granada Trustees Search for Replacement on Board


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Shannon Venturi, Granada Trustee, recently submitted her resignation to the Granada Trustees Board, leaving one vacancy for the unexpired term.  Venturi took a seat on the board last April, 2014.  At this point, there are no nominations and the Trustees will contact potential appointees before an at-large announcement is made for a replacement.  The board meets the second Wednesday of each month with a 6pm work session, followed by the regular meeting at 6:30pm.

The Trustees are looking at a low cost credit card system for utility bills.  Their goal is to find one system with a low interest rate that doesn’t penalize the customers or the town when payments are made.  There is no deadline at this point for converting to a credit card reader unit.  Local banks in the area will be contacted to compare rates.

The contract for the town park maintenance with the Harmon family will be extended for another year at a flat rate as in 2014.  There were no objections from the Trustees following a brief discussion.  The maintenance schedule begins April 15.  A rabies clinic is set for April 23 from 6pm to 7pm at the Complex.  Town tags cost one dollar and are required for any licensed dog in the community.

The Trustees are seeking a full-time or temporary landfill operator.  The summer hours are Wednesdays from 11am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm.  Town Maintenance Supervisor John McMillan said 52 dead trees in the Granada Cemetery have been cleared and hauled away, down to the stumps.  “The volunteer students from FFA and other groups ‘busted their butts’ during the spring break for three days.  They did an awesome job in clearing out the brush.”  Trustee Argie Thrall suggested purchasing some Granada Bucks to show the town’s appreciation and John Hopper will be asked to supply a list of all the volunteers.  McMillan said some residents expressed some ire over the tree removal, but the trees, were dead and had to go.  Trustees discussed using sealed bids for the purchase of accumulated scrap metal collected at the landfill and monthly billing for landfill users or losing dump privileges.

Police Chief David Dougherty thanked the Trustees for their sympathy over the recent passing of his mother, Mayree.  His report showed 22 calls for service in February of which seven were animal related and five for traffic.  There were two reports for theft and two for accidents involving property damage.  Dougherty said CDOT representatives probably won’t be available for contact until late this month or early April to develop advertising schedules for contractors for the Safe Routes to School Project.

A lengthy discussion followed on ordinances relating to abandoned vehicles, weeds, debris and junk as well as vacant mobile or trailer homes.  “Some of these have partial roofs and even if they’re used as a storage unit, some trash and even parts of the home are flying off around the neighborhood,” he advised the Trustees.  He added that some are not secured to the ground or skirted.  The Trustees agreed that uniform action for any parties violating an ordinance is required.  It comes down to a fix it or move it situation.  Dougherty asked if the ordinances needed to be more specific on the condition and use of the trailers, most of which are to the north side of the community.

The Granada Complex will be rented out all day on May 9, all day May 24 and all Day on June 13.  The Trustees approved $25 to pay for Easter Egg Hunt goodies which was held on the 29th.  The next Trustee meeting is set for Wednesday, April 8.

By Russ Baldwin



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