October Meeting Schedule:
Thursday, October 1, 2015 Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled
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 will be 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 approximate $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.
The Southeast Weld Fire District Board of Directors will be placing a Mill Levy Increase (4B), as well as a term limit question (4C) on the ballot in the November election. The Southeast Weld Fire Protection District has not had a mill levy increase since 2002, 13 years ago. The district has seen calls skyrocket from 273 in 2006 to over 1000 by the end of 2015. The district is seeking a 2 Mill Levy increase to allow the District to maintain and improve its current service 4 levels, as well as begin to fund selected long-term capital needs, establish resiliency for long-term future economic change, increase safety, ensure staffing of firefighters and shorten emergency response times. For question or further information please contact the Southeast Weld Fire District at 303-732-1028.
Weld County and all of its jurisdictions recently kicked-off the planning process to update their hazard mitigation plan. For more information about the project and to learn more about hazard mitigation, please visit the project website at http://www.weldhmp2016.com/. The goal of updating the Weld County Hazard Mitigation Plan is to continue to make Weld County more resilient to the hazards that impact us all. Public participation is a valuable part of the planning process, and we value your input. Please take a brief survey at https://www.research.net/r/DP5R9CJ.
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.
Public Works Report
We have been receiving numerous complaints about dogs running at large and off of their leashes. Please remember that the town does have a leash law, and dogs are required to be on a leash at all times. This is for the safety of the residents and we ask that you please adhere to this ordinance and do not allow your dogs to run without a leash through the park or any place else in the town limits.
With winter quickly approaching Public Works will be winterizing the park restrooms on October 1, 2015. They will re-open in April 2016. Thank you all for your help in keeping the park and restrooms clean for everyone.