Regular Meeting Minutes 06/16/2021

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TOWN OF SUGAR CITY
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
06/16/2021

CALL TO ORDER: By Mayor Dinsmore at 6:58 PM

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Mayor Dinsmore

ROLL CALL: Present: Mayor Dinsmore, Mayor Pro- Tem Willis, Trustee Massey, Trustee Hijar, Trustee Paul, and Town Clerk Julie Sandoval. Trustee Schiro absent, Trustee Thibault turned in a resignation letter before the meeting started.

Approval of minutes from 06/02/2021.

Mayor Pro – Tem Willis made a motion to approve the minute for 06/02/2021.

Second by Trustee Hijar

All in favor: Aye

All Opposed: None

Motion Carries.

A motion was made By Mayor Pro – Tem Willis to go into executive session.

For a personnel matter under CRS Section 24-6-402(4)(f), at 7:15 PM.

Second by Trustee Massey

All in favor: Aye

All opposed: None.

Motion Carries

Council back in regular meeting at 7:47 PM

A motion was made by Mayor pro- Tem Willis to give a dollar fifty cent raise to Mr. Short and a dollar raise to Mrs. Sandoval and Mr. Tooker effective immediately.

Second by Trustee Massey

All in favor: Aye

All opposed: None.

Motion Carries

REPORTS:

Code Enforcement Officer Mr. Tooker reported on the progress of tent city stating pea gravel will be delivered tomorrow and Rick Thorpe donated the use of his bobcat to spread the gravel, mention of a thank you letter for him was discussed. Mr. tooker discussed how he was out looking for donations of scrape wood and lumber to use at tent city and Ordway Cattle company stated they had no lumber but would donate cash to see the project come together. Mr. Tooker stated he is well under budget from what was allowed this far.

Mr. Tooker mentioned he was working on getting clarification from Seth with the county on what they mow and take care of and what is expected of the city to do? Since the south side of Baltimore is county and they have not mowed the weeds. Mr. Tooker stated after he sits down with Seth he will report back to the council. Trustee Paul questioned when the expected date for tent city to be completed and Mr. Tooker replied end of June was his goal. Trustee Paul questioned what obstacles Mr. Tooker foresees for his goal not being reached in time and Mr. Tooker stated manpower and getting the drop box in to make the payments for a space. Trustee Paul stated we need to reach out to the governor and have a ribbon cutting ceremony for tent city.

Clerks Report given By Mrs. Sandoval started with needing to order a pump from Dewco in the amount of $1339.84 for the wells, the old chlorine pump is not pumping, and our numbers have been low upon checking them.

Motion made by Trustee Massey to purchase the pump for $1339.84 from Dewco.

Second By Trustee Paul 

All in favor: Aye

All opposed: None.

Motion Carries

Mrs. Sandoval passed out an estimate to have the sidewalk done in the south park for the amount of $1,165.41.

Mayor Pro- Tem Willis made a motion to except the bid and contract Kenny Ybarra for the sidewalk job at South Park in the amount of $1165.41.

Second by Trustee Hijar

All in favor: Aye

All Opposed: None

Motion Carries.

Trustee Paul made a motion to purchase 50 ft ¼ inch tubing and a bleed valve for the pump and the wells.

Second by Mayor Pro-Tem Willis

All in favor: Aye

All Opposed: None

Motion Carries.

Mrs. Sandoval stated when updates were done for caselle, the front desk computer is only a 32 GB and can not update the newest version of caselle. Triad stated we can take the computer to them, and they would only charge us for the labor or time to wipe clean and update to a 64 GB.

Mayor Pro-Tem Willis suggested finding out how much it will cost before proceeding or if it would be better to purchase a new computer for the front desk?

Mrs. Sandoval Spoke for Byron Deringer concerning his complaint on blowing debris in his yard from the burned house and voiced some concerns about the health and welfare of the community as well as the young lady continuing to live in the burned building. Nate questioned Mr. Tooker concerning the burnt house. Mr. Tooker stated we need to have a contract Asbestos certifier epa to come and take samples to see if there is asbestos and that will cost approxamintly $2100.00. A lengthy discussion went back and forth Mr. Tooker mentioned a Ord. to be able to seize some of these properties. The board decided to have a workshop to discuss options and ideas of how to handle the situation. The workshop is scheduled for June 23rd at 7 PM.

Old Business:

Mayor Pro -Tem Willis stated she wanted Divida’s voice off the voice mail.

Trustee Hijar questions Trustee Willis about Travis the gentlemen suppose to be doing the tree trimming at the North Park. Trustee Willis stated Travis was working today on the trees.

New Business:

No new business was discussed.

BILLS $ 24,826.85Some questions concerning the town attorney and the invoice for John Scorsine. Mayor Dinsmore stated he would straighten out the bill or at least talk with the attorney and find out what the charges are for. Trustee Willis stated the invoice states monthly retainer fees. Mayor Dinsmore stated he would talk with the attorney and get it figured out.

Mayor Pro-Tem Willis made a motion to pay the bills excluding the attorneys bill and approve the amount of $ 23,626.85 to be paid.

Second by Trustee Massey

All in favor: Aye

All Opposed: None

Motion Carries.

TRUSTEE COMMENTS

Trustee Paul discussed some grants he is interested in trying to get for the town. Trustee Paul suggested setting up a work shop the same time as the workshop concerning the burnt house. He wanted to piggyback off tent city to promote tourism. Trustee Paul stated the community Garden is coming along well.

Trustee Willis suggested advertising for an open seat on the council first thing in the morning. Trustee Willis Informed the council that herself and Mr. Tooker will be going out to look at weeds and start getting some letters going out. Trustee Willis suggested hiring contract labor to clean up vacant lots. Trustee Willis also informed the council that Mr. Tooker would be starting to write curfew tickets as well.  

Trustee Hijar reported everything is going well.

Trustee Massey reported the chlorine is in, and it should be using 3 to 1 gallons of chlorine. Trustee Massey stated we need to invest in rubber gloves and aprons for the guys working with the chlorine.

Trustee Massey stated that Louis said to get ahold of a plumber in Rocky Ford for the meter installation.

Public Comments

Mr. Slusher approached the town council with a complaint concerning his house and the damage the fire hydrant has caused to his house and a sink hole his house is now sitting on. Mr. Slusher stated he is covered for all sorts of natural disasters but not a sink hole. He stated that everything he has done for the past 5 years is for nothing because every time the hydrant is opened or used and the large water leak, we had a couple months ago created another sink hole because all the water drains down to his house. Mayor Dinsmore stated we will investigate this and see what we can do to get something in the hole and packed down and suggested moving the hydrant to the other side of the road, to help John Slusher with his house. Mayor Dinsmore stated that on Wednesday June 23rd just before the workshop the council getting together to go look at the situation at Mr. Slushers house. The council agreed.

Rob Smoot approached the council with a progress report on his property. Mr. Smoot stated that the State Bank in La junta has financed him, and he should begin building in 4 to 6 weeks on his property and no longer be living in his RV.

Marge Gardner with the Crowley County restoration board explained they will start work next week to begin restoring the gates at the end of Colorado street on Baltimore where the entrance to the old sugar factory was. Mrs. Gardner explained she has been working on getting this project done for over 20 years and it is finally happening, and the main street in Sugar City will start looking a lot nicer with the gates restored.

 Motion by adjourn meeting at 9:04 PM by Trustee Willis

Second by Trustee Massey

All in favor: Aye

All Opposed: None

Motion Carries.

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