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La Veta Town Board approves change of liquor store ownership

The state still needs to approve the new license

by Bob Kennemer

La Veta resident, Chance Price, came before the La Veta Town Board in a public hearing this past Tuesday. Photo by Bob Kennemer.

LA VETA — After a short public hearing preceeding their regular session, the La Veta Town Board approved Chance Price to temporarily manage La Veta Liquors for 120 days, while he awaits final license approval from the state liquor board. Price is purchasing the business from Derrick Kelly and his family, who have owned the store for the past several years.

Price stated he had been on hand to collect more than half of the signatures needed to obtain the temporary permit.

Two presentations were given to the board. In concert with Colorado Towns and Cities, the board had t-shirts and other items made up to recognize volunteers from three town based organizations: the Historic Preservation Committee (HPC), the Park and Tree Board (P&T), and the Francisco Fort Museum Board (FFM).

Former P&T board president, Barb Kowalik, was honored, as were Jay Davis and Tony Masinton with the HPC. Masinton also serves on the FFM board.

Representing the La Veta chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA) was 16 year old Denali Douglas, who recited the FFA creedo. Douglas was introduced by La Veta Schools Ag teacher Rachael Rhbuey, who noted the FFA has three teams heading to the national conference held in Indiana in October.

Douglas went on to take questions from the board and audience, stating, “I want to provide an example for youth to look up to.”

The board reviewed a special use permit from Circle the Wagons RV Park owners Jay and Denny Patterson. It was recently discovered the park had not received such a permit, which is required under town ordinance. With the necessary paperwork being in order, the board set a public hearing for November 21, at 6:45 pm.

La Veta Schools requested a street closure on the school campus for a Bicycle Rodeo to be held on October 4, from 2 to 3:45 pm. The board granted the request. It is being sponsored by the chamber of commerce, La Veta Trails, and the La Veta Marshal’s office.

The annual Bonfils Blood Drive, sponsored by the La Veta Fire Protection District, was approved, to be held during Oktoberfest on October 7. Blood can be donated from 10 am to 2 pm.

After a brief executive session, the board approved another 10 year lease for the Spanish Peaks Arts Council building located in the La Veta Town Park. Under new state laws, an ordinance must also be passed for any lease lasting more than one year. This will require a public hearing to be set on October 3, at 6:45 pm.

The board approved the renewal of the its insurance policy with the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency. The town was able to obtain a deductible of $500, with the annual policy costing $34,772.

Mayor Doug Brgoch read a proclamation in support of Walk or Wheel Wednesday to be celebrated in La Veta on October 4. The event is part of National Walk to School Day, and La Veta schools are participating.

Under board reports:

• The council received a letter from Jim Fowler expressing his desire to serve on the FFM Board. The town approved his request and Fowler will come before the museum board on September 21 for their final approval.

• The council received a letter from FFM president Eddie Smith expressing thanks to the town board and clerk for their help in obtaining a grant from History Colorado to be used to restore the damaged east wing of the fort.

• The board heard that all of the park trees have been trimmed and the large tree in front of the public library is scheduled to be trimmed on Sept 20. The town is awaiting a price quote to prune Col. Francisco’s tree on the museum grounds.

• The council heard from the personnel committee that the new deputy town clerk, Nikki Marion, has been hired and is being trained. Also, heard from the town maintenance supervisor that the town’s burn pile is quite large and may need to be divided into two piles before burning. Additionally, some wet weather with no wind is needed for the burn.

The town will be accepting bids for the Ryus Bridge Project up to 6 pm on October 17. At 6:15 pm that same day the board will open the bids in the town hall, with the award being let on November 7. Call for bids goes out today, September 21.

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