The Nederland Board of Trustees (BOT) met Tues. evening, March 19 at the Community Center.
Town Administrator Alisha Reis provided an update to the 2012-2014 Goals Action Objectives, highlighting that the Wastewater Treatment Plant project is nearing the end of construction, with
startup and training getting underway. This phase will continue over the next 6 weeks to tie into the community’s sewer system, phasing out the lagoon treatment system. Training is being overseen by the Town’s utility consultant, Wayne Ramey, who will serve in the early months of the plant’s operations as the state-mandated Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC). Both Town operators are undergoing all necessary training, with backup by Public Works Manager Jason Morrison. Mark Weritz is overseeing compliance with project specifications for all startup and training requirements, in conjunction with project engineers Frachetti Engineering. Scheduling is ongoing to pump the sludge out of the north lagoon to prepare it for decommissioning; this operation will take place in early April. Work will continue through May and June on final site work, signage installation, and landscaping.
Recruitment has begun for the Deputy Clerk position, vacated when Michele Martin stepped into the Town Clerk tole after the departure of Teresa Myers last month. Deadline for applications is March 22, and the position should be filled by mid-April.
Town Administrator Reis also provided reports on recent activities of several Town departments whose heads were unable to be present. Town Treasurer Eva Forberger’s report included that the auditors were completing their annual assessment of the Town’s books, and the draft audit will submitted in the next few weeks. A graph in her report depicted rising sales tax revenues from 2004 through 2012, with 2012 tax revenue at just over $800,000. Forberger also is working on the the Town’s planned software upgrade. Cost for the software license agreement with United Systems Technology, Inc. (USTI) is $12,775, with startup and training an additional $2,500, for a total of $15,775. The software will provide an integrated system for utility billing, police fines, business licenses, land use, and general ledger, and should be in place for use by May 1, with testing and training scheduled through the following month.
Police Chief Jake Adler’s report included the fact that the entire police department had completed domestic violence training, and that other training, in crisis intervention techniques and law enforcement driving, was planned. Several criminal investigations are ongoing.
Public Works Manager Jason Morrison’s report highlighted frozen water lines and snow management issues. Town Administrator Reis said that there are several yearly chronic pipe-freeze properties that must be temporarily supplied by the Town with loans thaw boxes to remedy the situation, and that better options need to be sought for those situations.
Town Clerk Michele Martin reported on her first month’s activities, citing coordination with event organizers, and processing two liquor license applications. Martin also gave an update on the NedWEB program, which is growing in response each month since its beginning in January. NedWEB (Nederland Winter Economic Boost) is a program in which local residents may turn in receipts from purchases at area businesses and receive a $15 voucher that may be redeemed like cash. NedWEB is designed to create a more sustainable local economy through slower wsnowy months, and to encourage consumers to get in the habit of shopping locally. Martin also mentioned that the planning season is underway, with building permits, rezoning, variance and other land use proposals being submitted.
Eric Pendley, with SAFEbuilt Code Enforcement Services, was present to inform the Board about code enforcement issues and answer questions. SAFEbuilt currently is providing building department services to the Town of Nederland, with the philosophy that enforcing local codes through voluntary compliance results in
businesses that are properly maintained, encouraging new businesses and homeowners to move to this area.
Ideas for Town celebration of the 4th of July were discussed. With traditional fireworks being prohibitive in cost and impractical due to the probability of increased fire danger this summer, Mayor Joe Gierlach has posted a blog on the internet for a Nederland Fourth of July Celebration Contest,
inviting ideas with the following criteria: 1) It must occur on the Fourth of July, at dusk (sunset is at 8:30pm)
; 2) It must be located near the shores of the Barker Meadow Reservoir
; 3) It must celebrate independence in a Nederland way, or be somewhat patriotic; 4) It must not be flammable.;
5) It must be sustainable and adaptable to climate change.
Gierlach elaborated, “There’s extra points if it expresses a higher moral standard than glorifying war and blowing up stuf
Trustee Randy Lee reported recent activities of Parks, Recreation and Open Space Advisory Board (PROSAB), including firewise goals and efforts, and that there are currently two vacancies on that board.
Trustee Annette Croughwell mentioned that the Nederland Downtown Development Authority (NDDA) project, NedPeds, was going forward more quickly than originally anticipated. The purpose of the NedPeds project is to provide safe non-vehicular connections from the current downtown area to the area between the post office and the library; enhance that corridor through storm water management, landscaping, pedestrian amenities, and other features; provide for the installation of additional crosswalks and generally enhance the area for the benefit of economic development and
The final report of the state Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force was issued on March 13. Amendment 64 to Article 18 of the Colorado state constitution addresses adopting a progressive cannabis drug policy by allowing the personal use and regulation of marijuana for adults 21 and over. and is available for review at: http://www.colorado.gov/cms/forms/dor-x/A64TaskForceFinalReport.pdf
The report contains recommendations formulated by the Task Force to the
Colorado legislature for consideration. The legislature has appointed a
committee to review the Task Force recommendations, and the
committee is required to hold at least one public meeting
. The legislature will decide which recommendations make it into the final law
implementing the provisions of Amendment 64 before they adjourn in May.
Public input included a concern by a resident who lives near Chipeta Park that noise levels from Frozen Dead Guy Days were unacceptable, particularly with the ongoing music bass beat over many hours, and that his complaints to the police department brought no relief. The Board is considering having an interactive meeting with community members and event producers to address issues with events.
The Town loan to the Backdoor Theater for the purchase of digital video equipment was discussed. The Backdoor Theater needs to upgrade its projection equipment to digital in order to continue to show first-run movies, as the movie business
will eventually convert to an all-digital format. Options explored last year
resulted in being told by the distributor that prices for equipment would be going
down in 2013, and current communication is taking place with several distributors about
both new and used equipment. Prices vary from $50,000 (new) to $30,000
(used) for the equipment. Since the Backdoor Theater does not have the cash to purchase
the equipment outright, the Town would loan the funds to the theater for the
purchase, using the equipment as collateral for the loan. The term of the
loan would range from 5-7 years based on the final price.
The loan terms and agreement currently are being put together., and will be presented to the BOT for approval at a future meeting.
allowing electric golf carts was discussed. A similar ordinance had
passed in Lyons.in recent years. The Lyons ordinance allowing Neighborhood Electric Vehicles
(NEVs), and disallowing All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), achieves two goals: improving air quality and decreasing noise.
State law currently allows ATVs and does not provide for NEVs.
Senate Bill 12-013 was signed by the Governor last year, allowing low-speed electric vehicles.
Local governments are now permitted to work with the Colorado Department of Transportation
(CDOT) to address special circumstances in which it is sensible to allow neighborhood electric
vehicles (NEVs) on roadways with a 40 mph speed limit. NEVs are currently allowed on roadways
up to 35 mph. A separate section of the bill sets the minimum age for drivers of golf carts on
public roads at 16. Municipalities can permit golf carts on streets by ordinance.
The Board agreed that it was a favorable idea to pursue.
The next regular meeting of the Nederland Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tues., April 2, at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center.