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Granada Trustees Continue Landfill Discussions into New Year

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The Granada Trustees voted to use Frontier Bank as a second institution in which to deposit a majority of the town’s funds. This is a similar action that other communities have adopted in light of changes in fees for certain accounts which maintain a high level of deposits.

The Trustees will put together a committee to review applications for a part-time clerk to handle day to day duties. The field will be narrowed to two or three prospects who will be invited in for a personal interview.  Current clerk, Jackie Malone, said there have been nine applications submitted at this time.  The Trustees took no action on an amendment to a town ordinance regulating the use of motorized golf carts, neighborhood electric vehicles, field utility vehicles and all-terrain vehicles on town streets.  The main matter is whether these vehicles require operating lights to be driven within the town.  The general consensus is ‘yes’ but some earlier discussions focused on allowing them, without lights, on the roads on Halloween night.  The vote was postponed until a full board was present to discuss any related options.

Mayor Glen Otto noted that he and two Trustees are planning to attend a January 16th meeting with the Prowers County Commissioners and other town representatives regarding landfill operations and potential closings.  Members of the EPA and/or CDPHE will be present to discuss the options associated with permanently closing a landfill and a town’s obligations should it decide to keep their landfills open to the public.  Granada Trustees have been dealing with this issue for the past several years and have been facing a fine for deficiencies at their landfill site.

Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty, reported the town received $24,116.10 in various fines in 2017 and deferment fees have yet to be added to the total. December alone, he stated, brought in just under $3,500 in fines.  Chief Dougherty said that warning signs pertaining to the discharge of firearms at the town dump will be posted.   He noted that the highway signs directing traffic away from parking lanes that span the downtown area have arrived and he is conferring with CDOT officials for their proper placement along Highway 50. Commuters and especially semi trucks have used this lane as a regular roadway.  Town Clerk, Jackie Malone, added that since delinquency notices have been sent to utility customers over the past two months, the number of lapsed payments have steadily decreased.  She noted there was only one shut-off action taken and in that case, the tenants of the property had apparently left the town.

By Russ Baldwin

 

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