Newsletter - October 2017


October Meeting Schedule:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Planning Commission Meeting & Public Hearing 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall

Monday, October 9, 2017, Finance Meeting, 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall

Monday, October 16, 2017, Board of Trustees Meeting & Public Hearing, 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall

Saturday, October 21, 2017, Town Survey Community Meeting, 10:00 AM at Town Hall

Monday, October 23, 2017, Town Survey Community Meeting, 7:00 PM at Town Hall

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Town Survey Community Meeting, 10:00 AM at Town Hall

The Results Are In!  The Board of Trustees has scheduled three Town Community Meetings for residents to review the results of the Town Survey and give their input.  The meeting schedule is listed above.  The plan is to establish a citizen committee to help formulate the future of Keenesburg.   Please plan to attend, all are welcome and we look forward to seeing you!

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 $15.00/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 either via email to keenesburgclerk@rtebb.net or fax 303-732-0599, or 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.

Board Vacancy The Town of Keenesburg has an opening on the Board of Trustees.  If you would like to serve your community and be part of our government, please submit your Letter of Interest in writing to the Town Clerk at Town Hall.  Letters of Interest will be accepted through the end of the day, October 16, 2017.

 Neighborhood Watch.  Neighborhood watch held a meeting on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  The group discussed the possibility of additional street lighting near the alley located at Main and Woodward.  They also wanted to reiterate to the residents the importance of leaving their porch lights on to deter criminal activity.  The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Town Hall.  Please plan to attend and support this group in their efforts to make Keenesburg a safe place to live, work, and play.

Pedal The Plains bicycle tour was a great success! The Keenesburg Chamber of Commerce was honored to host this event.  We expected approximately 1,200 people for this event at the Southeast Weld Fair Grounds.  The Keenesburg Chamber of Commerce along with the Town of Keenesburg would like to extend a great big Thank You to those who made contributions and all the volunteers that helped prepare for this event and welcoming these visitors.  We have received many compliments from the cyclists as Keenesburg being very hospitable and generous.  We have an abundance of caps left over from the event; if you would like a souvenir from this memorable happening, drop by Town Hall and we would be delighted to hand you a cap.  Visit the Town’s website at www.townofkeenesburg.com to view more pictures. 

    

 Chapter 7 of the Keenesburg Municipal Code has been updated, and is now in effect.  Section 7-1-40 relates to the placement of trash containers and dumpsters.  The full text of this section is available on our website, please refer to ordinances, it is in Ordinance 2017-10.

If you need a permit for a dumpster, they are now available at Town Hall and are posted on our website as well, please be sure to get your permit submitted as soon as possible. 

The Board of Trustees meets every month on the third Monday at 6:00 p.m.  These meetings 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 board held a public hearing on the Diamond K subdivision sketch plan on September 18, 2017.  There was some testimony regarding the water pressure on the North side of town and concerns, staff was directed to consider how the system is operated and to look at ways to improve the operation of the booster station.  The sketch plan was approved with conditions that will be addressed on the preliminary and final plats.

An annexation agreement was approved between the Town of Keenesburg, and Richard and Heidi Robertson, and Aaron and Lori Kaiser for the RK annexation.  This annexation petition was submitted to the Town on and further proceedings will move forward beginning with substantial compliance scheduled to be considered on October 16, 2017.

Town Manger’s report:

The Town continues to negotiate an Intergovernmental Agreement with the School District.

The 2018 draft budget was presented to the Board of Trustees.

The survey results were presented to the board, and three community meetings were scheduled to review the results with the residents.  This is the first in what I plan to be an annual review.  It is imperative that we have public input so that we can work together to improve and increase the services that the Town provides to its taxpayers.  Please plan to attend one or more of the meetings. I am seeking out interested parties to serve on a committee that will help to identify actions and or projects will help to shape the present and future of Keenesburg. 

New signage has been placed on Crawford and Trader “children playing” to alert drivers of the need to pay close attention to improve the safety in our neighborhoods.  Public works will continue to evaluate areas that need additional signage. 

We continue to work on financing options to accomplish our sewer line rehabilitation to assure that needed services can continue far into the future with no interruption and alleviate costly repairs.

Please watch the newsletter for an upcoming election training that will be held in early December for all parties interested in serving the residents through the public service of an elected office.


Public Works Report

Please use Caution as Public Works will be working on the following:

  •  The Town has been working hard to add addition signage for areas of concern; we will be installing signs and working on road maintenance.  We will continue to evaluate signage and make improvements as needed.
  • Winterizing the restrooms for the winter and blowing out the sprinklers at the park.  We will try to keep the restrooms open as long as possible, but they are usually closed at the end of October.
  • 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 work out from there.  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.