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TOWN OF DEER TRAIL, COLORADO

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Regular Meeting

October 3, 2006

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

The Board of Trustees of the Town of Deer Trail met in regular session on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at the Town Hall, 555 Second Avenue, Deer Trail, Colorado.  Mayor Jim Johnson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

ROLL CALL

               

                Mayor                    Jim Johnson         

                Trustees

                Present:                  Gary Lavoie

                                                Bob Sanger

                                                Tami Stoumbaugh

                                                Dutch Venter

                                               

                Staff

                Present:                  Patti Owens, Town Clerk

                                                Harriet Stewart, Code Enforcement Officer

                                               

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

TRUSTEE LAVOIE MOVED, TRUSTEE STOUMBAUGH SECONDED to approve the agenda with the following changes:  move New Business Swearing in of New Trustee to follow Approval of the Minutes and add Renewal of Elks Liquor License to New Business.  The motion carried.

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

 

TRUSTEE STOUMBAUGH MOVED, TRUSTEE SANGER SECONDED to approve the September 5, 2006 regular meeting minutes.  The motion carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Swearing in of New Trustee

The Town Clerk swore in Frank Fields as Trustee.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Resident Phillip Steel commented that code enforcement seemed to be going well, but he thought the Town wasted money by sending the letters by certified mail.  He also expressed that the different uses of different properties need to be reviewed.

 

The Board responded that the ordinance required the letters to either be sent by certified mail or to be posted on residents’ doors.

 

Dorothy Pisel asked the Board to define junk.  She suggested the Town take care of its messes and would like the Town to remove a dead tree at her property on First Avenue.  She would also like to dispose of some tree limbs.

 

The definition of junk in Ordinance No. 233 was read aloud.  It was determined that the dead tree was the property owner’s responsibility.  The Town provides a locked site for tree limbs near the sewer lagoon.

 

Susan DiGuglielmo said the Town had agreed to move some concrete chunks that had been placed on her property during the 2005 sewer project and asked that the Town remove them.  She asked if tires used to hold down tarps covering hay were considered junk as well as some lumber used to repair corrals.  She also explained that two of the cars on her property were covered but not in a garage.

 

The Board was not aware of the concrete chunks and will remove them.  Code Enforcement Officer Harriet Stewart explained that things that were scattered and discarded were considered junk, but items like tires to hold down tarps covering hay were not considered junk.

 

Rob Byg told the Board that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, and that he has a garage to explain his collection of inoperable vehicles.

 

Phillip Steel expressed concern about a low-lying area surrounding his water meter pit.  He said it had been reported to the Town Clerk eight months earlier, and was told he could not do anything to remedy the situation.

 

The Board was made aware of the problem earlier in the year, but hasn’t found a solution because of his low-lying property.  If dirt is added around the meter pit area as suggested by Steel, storm water will drain into his yard.

 

The Town Clerk read a letter from George and Julie Robinson expressing support of code enforcement, a letter from Dewayne and Dawn Nix asking the Board to rescind Nuisance Ordinance #233, and an anonymous letter thanking the Board for setting guidelines with code enforcement.

 

REPORTS

 

Water & Sewer

The Board reviewed the water and sanitation report submitted by Marion Wilson.  The Town pumped 2,773,300 gallons of water in September.

 

Mayor’s Report

Mayor Jim Johnson had nothing to report

 

Town Clerk’s Report

The Board reviewed a property survey conducted on September 18 by the Town’s insurance company, CIRSA.

 

Town Attorney Stan Kimble responded to information received by North Kiowa Bijou Groundwater Management District stating that the Town could not sell bulk water to people using it outside the district.  Kimble’s response included reference to C.R.S. 31-15-708(d) stating a municipality’s right “to supply water from its water system to consumers outside the municipal limits of the municipality and to collect such charges upon such conditions and limitations as said municipality may impose by ordinance.”  Kimble asked the water district for any information that would indicate the statute is “trumped” by some agreement or higher statutory authority, and to notify him.

 

A property owner with a public road cutting through his property had asked for a written statement from the Town stating that if an accident occurred on that portion of road he could not be held liable.  Stan Kimble was not able to provide that written statement.

 

APPROVAL AND PAYMENT OF BILLS

 

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

 

 

 

                YES:                       Johnson, Fields, Lavoie, Sanger, Stoumbaugh, Venter

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Amendment to Arapahoe County IGA

 

TRUSTEE STOUMBAUGH MOVED, TRUSTEE LAVOIE SECONDED to approve Amendment No. One to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement between Arapahoe County and the Town of Deer Trail relating to the conduct of Community Development Block Grant and HOME Partnership Programs for the years 2007-2009.  Voting was as follows:

                YES:                        Fields, Lavoie, Sanger, Stoumbaugh, Venter, Johnson

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Clean-Up Day

 

TRUSTEE LAVOIE MOVED, TRUSTEE STOUMBAUGH SECONDED to have two Town clean-up days, Saturday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 21 with three roll-off dumpsters each day from Swim’s Disposal at a cost of $360/dumpster.   Voting was as follows:

                YES:                        Sanger, Stoumbaugh, Venter, Johnson, Fields, Lavoie

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

Snow Plow

 

TRUSTEE SANGER MOVED, TRUSTEE LAVOIE SECONDED to purchase a Western 7½’ snow plow from Colorado Truck Equipment & Parts at a cost of $3,926 which includes installation.  Voting was as follows:

                YES:                        Stoumbaugh, Venter, Johnson, Fields, Lavoie, Sanger

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

Budget

The Town Clerk presented the 2007 budget.

 

Renewal of Elks’ Liquor License

 

TRUSTEE LAVOIE MOVED, TRUSTEE STOUMBAUGH SECONDED to approve renewal of the liquor license for Deer Trail B.P.O.E. Lodge #2307.  Voting was as follows:

 

 

 

                YES:                        Venter, Johnson, Fields, Lavoie, Sanger, Stoumbaugh

                NO:                         None

                ABSTAIN:            None

                ABSENT:               Wood

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

TRUSTEES' COMMENTS

 

Trustee Lavoie commented that the Town is looking better since code enforcement has been implemented.

 

Trustee Sanger suggested that people with lumber, etc, stack it and line it up to avoid being in violation of the nuisance ordinance.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

TRUSTEE STOUMBAUGH MOVED, TRUSTEE SANGER SECONDED to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried.

 

The regular meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

 

 

 

______________________________

James F. Johnson, Mayor

 

ATTEST

 

 

 

__________________________

Patti K. Owens, Town Clerk