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Trinidad City Council approves first reading for appropriation on 2018 budget

Information on proposed Front Range commuter rail line presented

by Bill Knowles

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad City Council approved, with a 7-0 vote, the first reading of an ordinance appropriating certain sums of money out of city revenues for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2018. They also set a hearing date of Dec. 19, 2017, for a second reading of the ordinance.

They also passed on a 7-0 vote, a resolution levying general property taxes based upon the 2017 certification of valuation to help defray the costs of government for the city for the 2018 budget year. The resolution was also passed on a 7-0 vote. The amount of revenue approved wasn’t announced during the meeting.

City manager Greg Sund gave a report looking at the start of a ten-year project proposed by the Front Range Rail Commission. The railroad is being planned as a commuter/ passenger rail system along the Interstate 25 corridor from at least Fort Collins south to Pueblo, and possibly to Trinidad. Sund noted that Cheyenne, WY has also voiced interest in the project. The first influx of cash, totaling $2.9 million, will be put up by the state.

The funds will pay for a study looking at the feasibility of the project. Currently local governments along with the State of Colorado see the project as an enhancement to Amtrak rather than competition.

In other business, the second reading of an ordinance that amends Section 2-7 on the procedure of bargaining unity was passed unanimously. This ordinance brings into conformity the city’s definitions of chapter two, administration, and the procedure of bargaining units, with the Trinidad’s Home Rule Charter change approved by voters in the November election.

The second reading of an ordinance that amends the zone classification of property located at the Southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and East Kansas Street was approved, changing the classification of the property from transitional-neighborhood services to transitional-community commercial. A car consignment business is being located in the neighborhood. The approval was passed with a 7-0 vote.

The second reading of an ordinance vacating a 25-foot wide by 125-foot long portion of unimproved Mercer Street, adjacent to the south boundary of lot 25, block 3, in the Grandview addition to the City or Trinidad was approved, on a 7-0 vote.

The vacation of the property will allow the three owners of the property to have equal footages of land surrounding their respective residences as well as maintaining the integrity of unimproved Mercer Street.

The city council went into executive session at 7:16 pm

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