by Bob Kennemer
LA VETA — With two board members out sick and a very short agenda, the La Veta Town Board wrapped up their first meeting of 2018 in 18 minutes. The board passed two short resolutions. The first one (Resolution 1-18) designated the town hall lobby and an adjacent outside kiosk as the location for all town related public notices. Resolution 2-18, increased the amount the town pays towards health insurance for full-time employees to $500 per month, for a total of $6,000 annually.
The only other agenda item of note was a letter from the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) explaining the town had been approved for a $10,000, 50/50 cost share match grant to be used for replacing town trees that are infected or have died from scale disease. La Veta is one of 14 Tree City USA communities, and that designation played a key role in winning the grant.
The funds evolved out of the 2008 Farm Bill to help communities with, “Western Landscape Scale Restoration.” Mayor Doug Broch stated several trees in the town park and around town were infected with, or were dead from, the scale disease.
The La Veta Tree Board, with the help of local CSFS officials, applied for the grant, which runs for two years, ending on September 15, 2019. The town does the work up front and then applies for a 50% reimbursement. Town staff and tree board members will work with local CSFS staff to administer the grant.