September Meeting Schedule:
Thursday, September 7, 2017, Planning Commission Meeting & Public Hearing 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall
Monday, September 11, 2017, Finance Meeting, 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall
Monday, September 18, 2017, Board of Trustees Meeting & Public Hearing, 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall
Town Hall will be closed Friday, September 15, 2017 for preparation of the Pedal The Plains event.
Pedal The Plains - The Town of Keenesburg has been selected to be an overnight town for the Pedal the Plains bicycle tour. The Keenesburg Chamber of Commerce is honored to host this event. We expect approximately 1,200 people for that evening that will double our population for one night! We have been working diligently with the Chamber of Commerce to prepare for this event, and we have quite an evening of events planned. Please join us for the festivities and enjoy a fun-filled evening at the Southeast Weld Fair Grounds on Friday, September 15, 2017. Help us showcase our community and participate in welcoming these visitors.
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.
Town Garage Sale – Friday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 24th - It’s that time again to gather all your garage sale items! If you would like to participate and have your address put on the map of town garage sales, please contact Town Hall to let us know the specific days you will be participating.
Community United Methodist Church will be celebrating their 100th Year Anniversary! Saturday, September 23rd, 2-5 p.m. – Ice cream social with open house; Sunday, September 24th, 10 a.m. Anniversary worship service. RSVP: Pastor Janeen Hill at 303-732-4319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment Drop -Box - For your convenience, the Town has a payment drop- box at the northwest corner of Town Hall. Please be aware that the drop-box is closed on the 21st of the month and scheduled water shut-off days; therefore, please bring your payment inside Town Hall.
Building Permits are required for all permanent structures on your property; i.e. sheds, forts, playground equipment, etc., and must be inspected by Public Works for setbacks. If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall.
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 meeting was held August 21, 2017 and 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 September meeting.
Four people were appointed to the Board of Adjustment and are Karen Johns, Mark Gray, Matthew Klausner, and Cindy Baumgartner. This is a three-year term and appointees will serve until April of 2020. The Board of Adjustment meets when an appeal is filed with the Zoning Administrator in regard to any requirement, and or decision made in regard to zoning regulations, or if someone files for a variance. We are still in need of one more person to sit on the Board of Adjustment, please contact Town Hall if you are interested.
The speed limit on Market Street was discussed, and the consensus of the Board was to request that the Colorado Department of Transportation reduce the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph. Staff was directed to contact CDOT and begin the process.
Rose Melville was engaged to complete the Town’s 2017 Audit, at a cost of $10,500.00
The board approved a donation to the Weld RE-3J Education Foundation of $250.00.
The board held an executive session to discuss the possible purchase of property.
Town Manger’s report:
The town is working on an Intergovernmental Agreement with the School District.
Warranty work on Elm street is to be completed by the end of August.
The town is nearing completion of the project needs assessment as a requirement for the loan application with Colorado Department of Health and Environment for a loan through the State Revolving Fund.
We have received a sub-division sketch plan application for a 9-10 lot development on the west side of North Cedar Street.
To date, five residential and two commercial building permits have been issued for new construction. All lots in Fair Meadows are now sold or under contract to be sold.
The draft budget will be presented at the September meeting.
Sales tax revenue has increased 14% to date over 2016.
The results of the survey will be available to be reviewed by the board at the September meeting. Once the board has had the chance to review the results, three public meetings will be scheduled to review the results with the residents. The purpose of the meetings is not to only review the results but also to further define what these results mean. A committee will be formed consisting of residents, elected officials, and staff to compile the information gained from the public meetings, and the group will work to help determine actions and or projects and prioritize these to best address the areas of most concern. Once this is complete, it will be presented to the Board for possible inclusion into the budget.
Neighborhood Watch held a meeting on Saturday, August 19, 2017, in attendance were Ken Gfeller, Christa Coleman, and Mayor, Danny Kipp. The group discussed actions that will help improve safety in our community. 1. Please be aware that all door-to-door salesman must possess a peddler’s license through the town, make sure to ask for this if someone comes to your door soliciting sales. 2. Cleaning up the alley ways, and removing weeds will help to eliminate places for intruders to hide. 3. Please make sure to leave your porch lights on during the evening to deter crimes of opportunity. 4. If there are street lights that are not illuminated please get the number on the pole and report this to Town Hall so that we can get these repaired. 5. Working to get more signs in place “Children Playing” to help slow drivers down and improve safety.
The Block Captains are as follows: Block 1, Michael Swanson; Block 2, Andrea Wilson; Block 3, Volker Schurr; Block 4, Jenny Klausner-Heguy; Block 5, Ken Gfeller; Block 6, Glenna Howard-Friess
Christa will create a map showing the area that each block captain is responsible for and their contact information, as well as the Lochbuie PD phone number. The handout that will be available at Town Hall once it is complete.
The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 30 at Town Hall at 2:00 p.m. Please plan to attend!
Reverse 911 emergency contact - It is necessary to register your phone number with Weld County to ensure that will receive a reverse 911 call in the event of an emergency. There is a link on the Town’s website or please use one of the following web addresses to sign up:
Public Works Report
Public works will begin the annual sewer jetting program this month. This is a 4-5-week program that helps keep everything flowing properly. This program cleans all the sewer lines in town with a high-pressure water jet, which can create odor in the house. This odor comes from pulling the water out of the pea traps. If you notice an odor after we have been in your area, just run a little cold water down the drain to help clear it out. Also, we will continue to work on road and sign repair. Please use caution when driving around the crew, as they will be in the road.As the cold weather approaches, we will be preparing for snow fall. With winter and snow around the corner, Public Works will continue to work hard to keep the roadways clear and safe. We start with plowing the main roads and work out from there. The process that will used is to first 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 road ways have been cleared. It may take some time before we can assist with driveways - so please, be patient. If there is notice of a storm coming, please try to park cars off the right of way; which allows Public Works to clear the roads and access driveways.