Granada Approves Resolution for SECPA Vote


Officer Austin Friederichs and Wife Julie Friederichs

Officer Austin Friederichs and Wife Julie Friederichs

The Granada Board of Trustees held a brief meeting Wednesday, February 12, during which Mayor C.W. DeForest swore in Austin Friederichs as a Granada Police Department Reserve Officer.  He was pinned by his wife Julia as part of the ceremony. 

The board has scheduled a brief regular meeting for Wednesday, February 26 to vote on a resolution to place a question on the April 1 ballot regarding the sale of the city’s electric utility to SECPA, Southeast Colorado Power Authority.  The City of Granada is currently acting as a pass-through entity for the utility and approval of the sale by the voters would mean customers would deal directly with SECPA for their electric utilities. 

Trustee Jerene DeBono said she had contacted the Kiowa County Commissioners regarding use of their landfill and rates.  Recently, the Granada Board raised landfill fees for all out-of-town customers to keep pace with rate hikes in Holly and Lamar.  She said she feared that some illegal dumping might occur, but to date, there haven’t been any issues.  County Commissioner, Wendy Buxton-Andrade, said she would provide DeBono with contact information with State Representative, Tim Dore to see if he could provide some relief at state level with CDPHE landfill regulations the community has been attempting to adhere to. 

Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty, told the board an emergency grant for enhanced communication equipment was turned back, as Granada will be part of a future countywide grant for equipment funding.   

The board approved resolution 2014-1, designating the Town Clerk or Assistant to appoint election judges.  A municipal election is scheduled for April 1 for a two year term for Mayor and three, four year terms for Trustees.  Andria Riddle, Jerene DeBono and Tom Grasmick’s terms are expiring. 

The Granada Complex rentals for future use was approved:  Golden Plains Farm Update Meeting on February 17; Tovar gathering for Feb. 22; Marquez birthday party for Feb. 23; LEPC Meeting on Feb 25; Baby  Shower on March 1, Health Fair from 6:30am to 11:30am for PMC; Crisis Response Exercise for March 7; Calf Fry for April 26; and a family dinner for Dec. 24.  A building permit to remove a trailer house was approved for Ignacio Silvas Jr.  The Board decided to advertise for bids for seasonal maintenance of the town park.

By Russ Baldwin

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