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TOWN OF DEER TRAIL, COLORADO

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Regular Meeting

April 7, 2009

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

The Board of Trustees of the Town of Deer Trail met in regular session on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at the Town Hall, 555 Second Avenue, Deer Trail, Colorado.  Mayor Frank Fields called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

ROLL CALL

               

                Mayor:                   Frank Fields         

                Trustees

                Present:                  David Boyd

                                                Robert Hardwick

                                                Gerald Mergl

                                                John Monnahan

                                                Harry Venter                                                        

                Staff

                Present:                  Patti Owens, Town Clerk

                                               

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

TRUSTEE MONNAHAN MOVED, TRUSTEE HARDWICK SECONDED to approve the agenda with the following change:  move Unfinished Business Recall Election Item A. to Item H.  The motion carried.

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

 

TRUSTEE HARDWICK MOVED, TRUSTEE MONNAHAN SECONDED to approve the March 3, 2009 regular meeting minutes.  The motion carried.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Phillip Steel commented on the recent “fiercely contested” recall election and welcomed the new trustee and hopes the Board will “work together as a team.”

 

REPORTS

 

Water & Sewer

The Town’s wells pumped 1,104,000 gallons of water in March, 2009.

 

APPROVAL AND PAYMENT OF BILLS

 

TRUSTEE HARDWICK MOVED, TRUSTEE BOYD SECONDED to approve the payment of the bills.  Voting was as follows:

                YES:                       Boyd, Fields, Hardwick, Mergl, Monnahan, Venter

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Nuisance Ordinances

 

TRUSTEE HARDWICK MOVED, TRUSTEE BOYD SECONDED to schedule a work session to review the Town’s nuisance ordinances on Friday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m.  Voting was as follows:

                YES:                        Fields, Hardwick, Mergl, Monnahan, Venter, Boyd

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

Helicopter Landing Pad

Trustee Monnahan reported that the proposed site for the helicopter landing pad will be staked out in the next couple of days.  EMTs Julie Behrens and Courtney Garner are seeking grant money for the project.

 

2008 CDBG Paving Project

The Board discussed the low spot in the middle of Second Avenue with plans to remedy the situation when the weather is warmer and possibly when the Spirit of the Prairie Park trail is repaired with an asphalt overlay. 

 

2009 CDBG Paving Project

The Town will receive approximately $38,155 in Arapahoe County Community Development Block Grant funds for paving in 2009.  The County asked the Board to prioritize streets for paving so they will be able to calculate county engineering fees in the grant.

 

TRUSTEE HARDWICK MOVED, TRUSTEE BOYD SECONDED to prioritize the streets to be paved for the 2009 CDBG paving project as follows:  Fir Street, Second Avenue to Third Avenue, 40’ wide; Elm Street, Second Avenue to Third Avenue, 40’ wide.  Voting was as follows:

                YES:                        Hardwick, Mergl, Monnahan, Venter, Boyd, Fields

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

Town Clean-Up Day

 

TRUSTEE HARDWICK MOVED, TRUSTEE MERGLE SECONDED to schedule a Town clean-up day on Saturday, May 9 with three roll-off dumpsters provided by Swim’s Disposal, with an alternate bad weather date of Saturday, May 16.  Voting was as follows:

                YES:                        Mergl, Monnahan, Venter, Boyd, Fields, Hardwick

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

Spirit of the Prairie Park Trail

 

TRUSTEE HARDWICK MOVED, TRUSTEE MONNAHAN SECONDED to solicit bids for a two-inch asphalt overlay of the Spirit of the Prairie Park Trail measuring six feet wide by 2080 feet long.  Voting was as follows:

 

 

 

 

                YES:                        Monnahan, Venter, Boyd, Fields, Hardwick, Mergl

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

Recall Election

The Town Clerk reported a 63% voter turnout for the March 31, 2009 recall election, 210 of 336 registered voters.  Absentee ballots were mailed to all voters registered with Arapahoe County as Permanent Mail In Voters as well as those who requested absentee ballots, a total of 173.  Voter turnout for absentee ballots was 79%.

 

Trustee David Boyd was recalled.  Jim Johnson, who was elected as his replacement, was sworn in.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Vacate Streets in Jockey Club Grounds

Trustee Monnahan asked the Board to consider vacating the streets and alleys in the Deer Trail Jockey Club Grounds.  Arapahoe County plat maps were reviewed, showing designated streets and alleys.  Trustee Venter said he thought they had been vacated sometime near 1944.

 

TRUSTEE VENTER MOVED, TRUSTEE HARDWICK SECONDED to vacate the streets and alleys in the Deer Trail Jockey Club Grounds.  Voting was as follows:

                YES:                        Venter, Fields, Hardwick, Monnahan

                NO:                         Johnson, Mergl

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

Trustee Johnson stated he will contest the vote based on his assumption that the Jockey Club members on the Town Board of Trustees who voted for the street and alley vacation have a conflict of interest.

 

Fence Permit – 395 Second Avenue

The Board reviewed a fence permit submitted by Kenneth Ross for a solid wood fence on his corner lot at 395 Second Avenue.

 

TRUSTEE HARDWICK MOVED, TRUSTEE MONNAHAN SECONDED to approve the fence permit application submitted by Kenneth Ross at 395 Second Avenue.  Voting was as follows:            

                YES:                        Fields, Hardwick, Johnson, Mergl, Monnahan, Venter

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

Community Picnic

 

TRUSTEE HARDWICK MOVED, TRUSTEE MONNAHAN SECONDED to host a community picnic on Saturday, June 13 at Centennial Park in conjunction with Father’s Day.  Voting was as follows:

                YES:                        Hardwick, Johnson, Mergl, Monnahan, Venter, Fields

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

Water/Wastewater Rates

 

TRUSTEE HARDWICK MOVED, TRUSTEE MONNAHAN SECONDED to schedule a work session to review water/wastewater rates on Friday, May 8 at 6 p.m.  Voting was as follows:

                YES:                        Johnson, Mergl, Monnahan, Venter, Fields, Hardwick

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

               

TRUSTEES’ COMMENTS

Trustee Mergl would like the Board to consider using Open Space funds for park improvements.

 

Trustee Monnahan reported on possible Fourth of July activities at the former greyhound racing track at the Peoria interchange, and possible conflicts with the Town’s activities.

 

Trustee Hardwick stated that he enjoyed the time he had spent on the Town Board with David Boyd.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

MAYOR Fields adjourned the regular meeting at 8:05 p.m.

 

 

______________________________

Frank Fields, Mayor

 

 

ATTEST

 

 

__________________________

Patti K. Owens, Town Clerk