November 2017


November Meeting Schedule

Thursday, November 2, 2017   Planning Commission Meeting and Public Hearing, 6:00pm, Town Hall

Tuesday, November 7, 2017    Survey Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, Town Hall

Monday, November 13, 2017   Finance Meeting, 3:30pm, Town Hall

Monday, November 20, 2017   Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm, Town Hall

Town Hall will be Closed for the following days in November:

  • Friday, November 10, 2017 in Honor of Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 23rd & Friday November 24th, Thanksgiving
  • Thursday, December 1, 2017, Town Hall will close at 11 AM for training

Newsletter

If you would like to receive an email of the Town’s Newsletter, please send your request to Christina at Town Hall to the following email:        townofkeene@rtebb.net; or you may drop by and request this in person. Also, if there is someone you know outside of town limits that would like to be on the Newsletter email list, feel free to direct them to Christina at Town Hall.

Planning Commission Vacancy

The Town currently has an open seat on the Planning Commission. The Commission holds at least one regular meeting each month and implements provisions of Chapter 16 (zoning and land use code) of the Keenesburg Municipal Code. Please contact Town Hall if you have an interest in this position.

Public Works Opening

The Town of Keenesburg is seeking a full-time public works employee.   Experience with water, wastewater, streets, parks, and equipment maintenance is desirable, must be able to operate a variety of equipment. Valid driver’s license and self-motivation is a must. Starting pay $15-$20/hour, benefits include insurance, 13 paid holidays, vacation, and a retirement plan. Employment applications may be obtained on our website www.townofkeenesburg.com and may be submitted via email to keenesburgclerk@rtebb.net; fax 303-732-0599; in person at 140 S. Main Street, Keenesburg, CO 80643; or by mail at Town of Keenesburg, Attn: Town Manager, P.O. Box 312, Keenesburg, CO 80643. Please submit an application, resume and cover letter as soon as possible. This position is open until filled. The Town of Keenesburg is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Christmas in Keenesburg

Saturday, December 2nd, Santa will be in town, we will have children’s activities and gift bags. The Parade and Tree Lighting will be fun for all!

Porch Lights

The Lochbuie Police Department recommends leaving porch lights on in the evening to deter crimes of opportunity and increase safety.

Board Update

The Board of Trustees meets every month on the third Monday at 6:00 p.m. These meeting are open to the public and we invite you to attend to have a voice in your government. We welcome attendance, and offer an opportunity for public comment about any topic that is not on the agenda. Our attendance at these meetings has been minimal for many years, and we want and encourage anyone to attend whether it is to be more informed about what is going on in your government or if it is to make suggestions - we welcome you!

The last board meetings were held October 16, and 26, 2017, a summary of business is below. The full minutes of the meeting will be posted on the town’s website once they are approved at the November meeting.

Town Manager’s Report

There were two candidates to fill the open Trustee position on the board. Juanda Hesse and Bruce Sparrow, both submitted a letter of interest and summarized their past experience and qualifications to serve the Town of Keenesburg. Due to a tie vote, the appointment was tabled until Thursday, October 26, 2017.

The board approved an amendment to a site license agreement with Roggen Telephone, and extended our agreement to allow the placement of wireless facilities on our water tower until October 31, 2020.

A public hearing was held to repeal and reenact Chapter 16 of the Keenesburg Municipal Code. The Planning Commission has worked on updating the town’s zoning codes for many months, and recommended approval of this ordinance to the board.

The board adopted a resolution finding substantial compliance for an annexation petition that has been submitted to the Town of Keenesburg. This annexation is known as RK annexation and is located west on CR 398 just past the RV park and consists of approximately 15 acres, with a requested zoning of heavy industrial.

The board approved a request to place an add in the WCHS yearbook in the amount of $75 and a donation of $60.00 to provide a yearbook for an underprivileged student.

The board held a special meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at which Juanda Hesse was appointed to fill the open Trustee position to serve until the next election that will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

 An IGA (Intergovernmental Agreement) with School District RE-3J was approved. This agreement provides the framework for the district and the town to work together in the design of a wastewater collection system to convey the wastewater to the town’s treatment facility from the Weld Central Complex.

The board approved the expenditure of $15,000 to purchase gravel for placement on Rd 16. This road is in dire need of maintenance, and we expect that this purchase will gravel approximately 1/2 mile of CR 16 west of Elm Street.

Following the special meeting a work session was held to discuss the proposed 2018 budget, with topics that included an increase in law enforcement; staffing; salary levels, possible ballot questions for the April election; Officer duties of Mayor; Trustees, Town Manager, Town Clerk, code of ethics, conflict of interest policies, and 2018 meeting schedule. Work sessions are designed to allow the board to gather more information hold discussions, make suggestions, and ask questions. No decisions are made during these meetings, all decisions on town business are made during a regular or special meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Public Works Report

Public Works has added several new signs around town to increase pedestrian safety. We are also looking at adding signage on Woodward and CR 59 at the crosswalks. These new signs will be in the middle of the road to alert drivers that it is required by law to stop at all crosswalks.

The restrooms at Schey park have been closed for the winter and will open again in May. We have installed signage at the newly named John and Emma Meier Park, which is located on Miller Street. There has been a stone erected with engraving to be completed very soon.

With winter and snow around the corner, we will continue to work hard to keep the roadways clear and safe. We start with plowing the main roads and then work to clear secondary roadways. First, we clear the center of the street, and then return to clean up the edges once the entire town has an open center lane. We will try our best to help people get out of their driveways after all the roadways have been cleared. It may take some time before we can assist with driveways – we appreciate your patience! If there is notice of a storm coming, please try to park cars off the right of way, this allows Public Works to clear the roads and access driveways.

Keenesburg Municipal Code Sec. 11-1-10.   Removal of snow or ice.

It shall be unlawful for any owner or occupant of any lot, block or parcel of ground within the Town, or any agent in charge of such property, to allow any snow or ice to accumulate or remain upon any sidewalk alongside such property longer than twenty-four (24) hours from the time of the last accretion of such snow and ice.

Please be sure to clear sidewalks within 24 hours. This helps with safe travel to and from school.