BOT greenlights FDGD

Pam North Nederland

The Nederland Board of Trustees (BOT) met Tuesday evening, February 18. Members present were Mayor Joe Gierlach; Trustees Chris Perret, Ledge Long, Peter Fiori, and Randy Lee; Mayor pro tem Kevin Mueller and Trustee Annette Croughwell were absent. Also in attendance were Town Administrator Alisha Reis, Town Treasurer Eva Forberger, and Town Clerk Michele Martin.

Consent Agenda

February 18 accounts payable, Schedules A & B; and February 4 regular meeting minutes were approved.

The Frozen Dead Guy Days public property lease agreement renewal was approved. Amanda MacDonald, of Butterfly Effect Promotions, had submitted all necessary applications and fees to hold the 13th annual Frozen Dead Guy Days (FDGD) special event, to take place March 7-9, at Chipeta Park and at the private lot between 35 and 75 East First Street owned by Ron Mitchell.
Mitchell’s written authorization was on file. One tent at each location will be set up to house the music, liquor service, and vendors, and there will be an open, fenced-in drinking area outside both tents. The Special Event Liquor License noticing had been posted, with no protests received. All requirements had been met per code, and Town staff had recommended approval of the renewal of the lease agreement.

Staff Reports

Town Administrator Alisha Reis reported that the flood damage sustained to Nederland roads, sewer collection pipes, and the Community Center continues to be repaired; and that the Visitors Center roof is being replaced with a metal one and its windows replaced with more energy efficient ones. She also said the deadline for filing candidate petitions with the Town Clerk for the April 1 election is Friday, February 28.

Town Clerk Michele Martin mentioned that the Town had issued its first retail marijuana license to the Canary’s Song, which was to open this month.

Town Treasurer Eva Forberger reported that sales tax revenue for 2013 was up 4.2% over 2012, and that the 2014 Budget book is complete, with a copy posted online at http://nederlandco.org/government/town-departments/finance/

Public Works Director Jason Morrison’s report included the reminder that local residents should be aware of plow trucks coming through and yield the right-of-way, and that roadsides should be clear of parked cars.

Sergeant Larry Johns’ report mentioned that the new police chief, James Matheney, had been in town to finalize renting a home, and would be starting work in March.

Community Center Coordinator Dawn Baumhover’s report gave the completion date of the Community Center renovation project as the end of February.

Mayor Joe Gierlach’s report highlighted Nederland’s Food Pantry, which distributes food and basic toiletries to those in need. The Food Pantry is located in a back room of the west wing of the Community Center, and it had distributed over 55,000 pounds of food by the end of 2013.

Informational Items

The BOT Goals update was given by Town Administrator Reis, who commented that the Town’s administrative assistant, Alex Armani-Munn, the intern who will be working with the Town Staff for the next two years, was researching the waste generated from each of the Town’s departments, in order to determine the most effective ways of reducing waste toward the Town’s zero-waste goal.

A presentation on the future development of the Nederland Community Center was given, with an overall, many-stage plan outlined for the next 30 years. The plan addressed drainage, traffic flow, neighborhood connectivity, landscaping, parking, the west wing section, and other considerations of the Community Center, and provided increased understanding of the facility’s place in the community and ecological integration of the site. The plan may be viewed on the Town’s website.

An update on amendments and extra costs of the NedPeds final plan, recently approved by the Board, was offered in the meeting packet. Conor Merrigan, of C2 Sustainability, was on hand to answer questions. He mentioned that the historical clearances for the project would be completed by mid-March.

Action Items

A fee waiver request from the Nederland Food Pantry for their Stone Soup fundraiser was approved. The Board felt that the charitable nature of the group’s function made it a beneficial event for the community, and a fee waiver would be helpful to its financial success.
The event was planned for Sunday, February 23, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Nederland Community Center, with admission by check or cash donation and a non-perishable or personal hygiene item. There also was to be a silent auction and activities for kids. Soup, salad, bread, beverage, and dessert were to be served.

Discussion Items

An ordinance to update building codes to 2012 (IRC, IBC) was considered. The Mayor offered the suggestion that a Mayor’s Task Force be formed to study the new regulations and how they would be handled in Nederland. Setbacks, lighting efficiency, ventilation requirements, solar panel systems, residential fire sprinklers, fences, and deck construction were some of the key points for changes.

The meeting adjourned at 9:48 pm,

The next regular meeting of the Nederland Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, March 4, at
7:00 p.m. at the Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72, Nederland, CO.


Pam is a staff reporter for The Mountain-Ear. She covers historical topics and news of the Peak to Peak region.

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