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Granada Trustees Approve Jump Start Resolution, Raise Tap Fees

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The Granada Trustees voted to approve a resolution in support of the Rural Jump Start Program, as presented to them by PEP Executive Director, Eric Depperschmidt, during their monthly meeting, Wednesday, May 10th.  The Lamar and Wiley City Councils have approved the resolution which provides various tax incentives for new, start-up business ventures throughout communities in Colorado.  Depperschmidt explained this is state legislated tax relief for new businesses and hires who locate into certain designated areas in Colorado to be known as “Jump-Start Zones”.  The proposal calls for a new business to be refunded 100% of the municipal business personal property taxes imposed on all the businesses approved by the Colorado Economic Development Commission for eight years and no new businesses will be allowed after December 31, 2020.  Another stipulation is that the new business be unique in nature to the region of southeast Colorado and will not compete with an existing business operation.  He told the Trustees, “The resolution will help develop business ventures in Granada with the additional tax incentive plan.”

While not being specific, Depperschmidt brought the Trustees up-to-date on some business developments including a health care facility looking at the county as a location site, the dairy farm south of Holly and a farm-oriented tire shop venture that is formulating a business plan for consideration. He said he’s traveling to the state legislature in Denver next month for an update on programs from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade that could benefit Prowers County.

Mayor Glenn Otto led the discussion on raising tap fees in the town, in order to cover the installation costs. The fees charged run from $600 to $800 and the Trustees approved an $800 fee for all three-quarter inch taps while a one-inch pipe will be more expensive.

Trustee Andria Riddle suggested the town hold a community-wide yard sale as a way to generate outside funds to pay for municipal Christmas decorations and the July fireworks display. Residents will pay a fee to have their yard sale location placed on a map for mass distribution prior to the day of the event, sometime in July and the event will be called Granada-Grab It.

Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty, took direction from the Trustees regarding stacking and placement of firewood in the community. A concern isn’t so much the amount as it is with the placement, sometimes in alleyways to the point that it hinders vehicle traffic.  Appearance was also a concern.  Some of the recently downed tree limbs and branches are being cut up for use and so long as the debris is removed quickly, it should not become a legal issue.

Dana and Natalie Musick discussed the funding for the fireworks display, set for July 3rd.  They currently have $300 in the account and require a minimum of $1,600 to finance the annual event.  Donation jars will be set up around the community.  They also discussed several abandoned houses and trailers in the community which, in the spring, can be breeding spots for vermin, insects and snakes.  Apparently several baby rattlers were found in the vicinity of the school.  Repairs will also have to be made to the town’s siren for electrical problems.  Chris Choat, representing the VALE board, recommended using a credit card reader in an effort to recoup funds from speeding tickets.  The Trustees discussed the percentages of fees that are incurred with the scanning devices.

By Russ Baldwin

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