November Meeting Schedule:
Thursday, November 5, 2015 Planning Commission Meeting @ 6:00pm @ Town Hall
Monday, November 9, 2015 Finance Meeting @ 3:30pm @ Town Hall
Monday, November 16, 2015 Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6:00pm
The Town of Keenesburg town hall and public works will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 for Veterans Day, as well as Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Town of Keenesburg, Mayor, Trustees, and staff wish to extend to you and your families a safe, happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.
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 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. We continue to strive to stretch our taxpayer’s money to achieve the greatest results possible.
We have received some complaints recently about contractors that residents hired to complete roofs, remodeling, etc. We urge each resident to be cautious and complete your due diligence and get references, check their rating at the better business bureau, and get a signed contract upfront establishing the total amount for the job. Also please bear in mind that legitimate contractors generally do not require any advance payment, and would not expect any payment prior to the completion of a job.
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.
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
Public Works Report
With winter around the corner there are some things to be aware of during the snowy cold season. First, when the temperatures fall below freezing please make sure your pets have proper shelter or are brought inside. 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, the restrooms at Schey Park are closed for the winter. Please do not attempt to use the restrooms as they are locked and winterized. The restrooms will reopen in May 2016.