Board votes to sign an overcommitment letter
by Bob Kennemer
LA VETA — At Tuesday’s meeting of the La Veta Town Board, after a short executive session, Mayor Doug Brgoch announced the town had insufficient upfront funds to complete the replacement of the Ryus Ave. bridge. This meant the board, to satisfy the Colorado Department of Transportation, had to submit a letter of ‘overcommitment’, stating the town will come up with the funds under certain conditions.
Those conditions being – if the project costs come in at, near, or below the estimated costs the town will come up with the money. Brgoch said, “I feel confident we can do this out of the general fund.” If the project estimates come in too high, the project will be canceled. This would likely mean closing the bridge as it will become unsafe.
Assuming the project will move forward, it will begin this winter in the December to January timeframe and will be completed by April 15. At some point the bridge will be closed for four to six weeks and traffic will be routed over the 2nd Street crossing, assuming the Cuchara River is at a low flow.
Prior to the regular meeting the board held two public hearings. The first hearing related to a commercial redevelopment plan for a property located at S. Main and E. Virginia Streets. The new owners are Dave Hamilton, his spouse Bobbi Sargent, and Steve Day. The proposal is to reopen a commercial auto repair at a garage on E. Virginia St. A home on the property will be rented and other historic outbuildings will be restored. The board, hearing only positive comments from the public, approved the project.
The second hearing was a proposal to allow a one chair home hair salon business at 109 W. Garland Street. Erin McCartney is the stylist and said she expects only around 10 customers per week and will be open a few days per week. She noted she had adequate off street parking. The board approved her request.
From a previous public hearing the board approved a liquor license for Sid’s BBQ to serve liquor. Speaking of liquor, the board also approved the following liquor permits: • Shalawalla Gallery will serve beer and wine at up to 15 events next year.
• La Veta Liquors saw their license renewed.
• The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts will also be able to serve wine and beer at their special events.
• Deer Print Wine Bar also had their license renewed. The board tabled action until August 15, on a sewer tap request from Hans and Tammi Noordik for land they own at 234 W. Grand St. Brgoch stated the town does not have a mainline sewer to those lots. A new man hole would also be needed.
The board needs to discuss the construction costs involved and determine how much, if any, costs could be passed on to the Noordiks. However, those costs could then be diminished as new homes tie into the line and the Noordiks would be reimbursed accordingly.
With a request from Jonathan James, representing the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, the board approved the use of the town park pavilion and community center for classes. Similarly, the board approved a request from Two Peaks Fitness to use the community center for certain senior classes.
The board approved paying a bill in the amount of $19,678.1 to GMS, the town’s engineering firm, for their work on the planned wastewater treatment plant.
Bears have been reported getting into trash in town, with a large 400 pound bear recently being killed on the Main St. Bridge as Highway 12 crosses the Cuchara River coming into town from Highway 160. Related to this topic, people have been dumping trash in the town’s trash barrels being stored by the old bunker north of the recycle center. Those cans are not for free dumping and the marshal has confronted several folks dumping their trash there. Those same trashcans are free to the takers, but not for long as they will soon be recycled.