December Meeting Schedule:
Monday, December 7, 2015 Finance Meeting @ 3:30pm @ Town Hall
Thursday, December 10, 2015 Planning Commission Meeting @ 6:00pm @ Town Hall
Monday, December 14, 2015 Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6:00pm
The Town of Keenesburg town hall and public works will be closing at 12:00pm on Friday, December 4, 2015. The Town offices will also be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25, 2015 for the Christmas Holiday as well as Thursday, December 31, 2015 and Friday, January 1, 2016 for the New Year. The Town of Keenesburg, Mayor, Trustees, and staff wish to extend to you and your families a safe, happy and blessed Christmas and New Year.
As reported earlier this year the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to increase water and sewer rates. There has however been a change in what we had proposed earlier. After further investigation the previous plan for the increase in sewer rates would not yield the needed increase in revenues to accomplish the town’s planned capital expenditures. We therefore decided upon a higher rate structure, the new base rate for sewer will be $26.00, and a fee of $3.15 per 1000 gallons of average winter usage. Due to this change we delayed the effective date of the rate increase to January 1, 2016. The water rates will increase at the same time by 8%. We will be sending out a notice to each resident with the new calculated sewer rate, this notice is included along with the November water/sewer utility bills. Once you receive your new sewer rate, please contact us if you have any concerns.
The Town of Keenesburg has been working closely with the Town of Lochbuie to reach an
agreement that will enable the Lochbuie Police Department to provide law enforcement services to the Town of Keenesburg. The provisions in the law enforcement agreement with the Weld County Sherriff’s department have changed, and this change has been the driving force for the town to obtain alternative law enforcement services. We are happy to report that we are very close to a contract with Lochbuie, and will likely be starting these services on February 1, 2016. This contract will provide for approximately double the coverage that we previously had with the Sheriff’s department, and will be a positive step for the town, as well as the beginning of a partnership with Lochbuie. Please join us in welcoming this new service and partnership with Lochbuie coming February 1, 2016! In the meantime rest assured that the Weld County Sherriff’s department will continue to provide the town with the services that they have in the past until we make the change in February.
The Town of Keenesburg was awarded another grant from the Colorado Department of Local
Affairs! The town was awarded approximately $200,000.00 to complete water main replacements in four locations as follows:
Owen Street, from Cedar to Pine
Nelson Street from Pine to Elm
Gandy Street from Pine to Elm
Kipp Street from Stewart to Miller
This project will be incorporated with the Town’s street project in 2016 to replace these streets as well as several overlays and patching of streets yet to be determined. In addition the town was also awarded an additional $15,000.00 planning grant to video the entire sewer system during 2016, to aid in the planning aspect of infrastructure repair and replacement. We continue to strive to stretch our taxpayer’s money to achieve the greatest results possible.
The Town of Keenesburg will hold municipal elections on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. There are three positions that will be up for election on the Board of Trustees, as well as Mayor. A Town Trustee serves for a four year term, whereas the Mayor serves for a two year term. The Town of Keenesburg has no term limits, and we invite interested residents that would like to contribute their time through public service to consider running for either Trustee or Mayor. We will be holding a candidate training session on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall, 140 South Main Street, Keenesburg, CO.
The Weld County Board of Commissioners Proclaim December 1st as Weld County Bright Futures Day. The commissioners would like to encourage Weld County residents, property owners and businesses to donate to the Weld County Bright Futures Grant Program on this day to demonstrate their commitment to building a strong Weld County workforce. For more information about the Weld County Bright Futures Grant Program visit www.weldcountybrightfutures.com.
The Keenesburg Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Christmas in Keenesburg on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 2:00pm-5:00pm. There will be a bonfire with s’mores, sticker puzzle, cookie decorating, kid’s projects, puppet show and stories, cookie contest, and miniature Christmas tree contest all on Main Street. The parade of lights will begin at 5:30pm and will run along Ash Ave south to Gandy Ave west to Main Street north and will end on Woodward Ave. The tree lighting ceremony will take place directly after the parade of lights on Woodward Ave. For more information please visit www.keenesburgco.org.
The American Legion Post Jr Auxiliary will be hosting a monthly dinner to raise money to attend National Convention’s throughout the year. The dinners will be held on the second Friday of every month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at The American Legion Post 180, 595 Railroad Ave Keenesburg. The cost for the dinner will be $8.00 per plate and will include full meal and desert. The dinners will be homemade and will vary each month. For more information and a full schedule please check their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/alajuniors180.
We have received some complaints recently about telephone scams specifically representatives from the IRS. The IRS sends letters about tax problems to taxpayers by mail, they don’t initially call taxpayers or send them emails. Please make sure you verify who it is you are speaking with check the number and don’t be afraid to ask questions and take time to think things through. If they are asking for your personal or banking information please don’t give that information if the phone call is an unsolicited call or you are unsure of whom you are speaking with. If you are skeptical get the person’s name you are speaking with, the department they work in and the exact company name and ask if you can call them back. Research the main number for the company they are calling from and call that number; then ask for the person whom you were speaking with. This way you can verify that they are working for the company they are representing. Be skeptical if the person calling wants you to wire money or pay with a prepaid debit card. Scammers like to receive money that way because it’s almost impossible to trace who got the money and equally unlikely you’ll get the money back. If you receive an unsolicited call in reference to your computer having problems do not give them access to your computer. If you are having trouble with a computer or software contact the supplier directly. Also, be aware that scammers can “spoof” phone numbers to make it appear that they’re calling from legitimate places.
Public Works Report
With winter here, there are a few things to be aware of. If the temperatures fall below freezing please make sure your pets have proper shelter. Second, please be aware that the Keenesburg Municipal Code requires that sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours of the last snow fall. So, please make sure your snow removal equipment is ready to be put into action. We also ask that those of you who are on a school route please clear your walks as quickly as possible to enable the school children safe passage. Third, if the weather is calling for snow please don’t park your cars on the street it makes it difficult for public works to plow the streets efficiently. Lastly, as the crew is out trying to clear snow, please remember that our first priority is to get the main routes first and then to work out to the secondary routes. We try and do our best with keeping the center of the road clean, without pushing onto the sidewalks. Depending on the snow amount this can be very difficult. We will do our best to keep things clear for everybody.