Business grant apps now available

MEEKER | The town’s board of trustees met Tuesday with three members absent. Mayor Pro Tem Travis Day led the brief meeting in the absence of Mayor Regas Halandras and trustees Wendy Gutierrez and Scott Creecy.

Police Chief Phil Stubblefield said there were 236 calls for service in January. “It was kind of a slow month other than the last week or so,” he said. The Meeker Police Department had three arrests, 10 summons, 30 warnings, two dogs picked up and one mental health hold in the month of January. “It’s gotten a lot busier in the last two weeks,” he said.

It’s gotten busier for Public Works, as well. Public Works Director Russell Overton said there were two water leaks and January, “and four already this month.” Snow removal has also kept the department busy since the start of the new year.

Overton also said he’s been working on a plan for meters for the town’s wells and has found some that will cost less than half what they were expecting.

The Colorado Division of Water Resources has notified the town that meters must be installed by Oct. 31, 2019. Town Manager Lisa Cook said she notified the Division that the town is in the process of complying with the new requirements.

The board appointed Stubblefield to the Eastern RBC 911 Emergency Telephone Service Board and approved special event liquor permits for the Meeker Lions Club to serve the Fireman’s Ball, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet, After Birth Ball and the Old Timers’ annual meeting and banquet.

Trustees approved bids for a new police SUV to John Elway Chevy for $36,851; a four-wheel drive loader to Wagner Equipment for $122,890; and $27,000 to Rocky Mountain Asphalt for the 2019 Crack Seal Project.

The town’s business grant applications are now available, and will be awarded a month earlier than in previous years. The grants are available for site enhancements or economic development. Visit the town’s website or call 970-878-5344 for more information.

The board agreed to underwrite part of the cost for KRAI radio out of Craig to broadcast the state wrestling tournament live.

Cook also notified the board that they have hired Lisa Pakuer to fill the front desk position. Pakuer will start work Thursday.

By NIKI TURNER | editor@ht1885.com