Market St. project update

MEEKER I Animal control officer Laurel Haney spoke to the board about creating a community volunteer program for the town’s animal shelter.
“It’s mainly for dog walking, kennel cleaning, possibly transporting a dog if we have to take it a long way. That’s mainly what it would be,” Haney said.
The board approved the plan. Volunteer applications are available at town hall.
Nick Senn of Schmueser Gordon Meyer updated the board on the progress of the Market Street sidewalk project.
There are 31 private property right-of-ways along the proposed stretch of Market Street, primarily for driveway or sidewalk tie-ins. The town will have to hire an acquisition agent to obtain temporary easements in order to complete the project. The agent will calculate the value of the property for the temporary easement, which will be paid to the property owners.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has requested survey monumentation — brass caps embedded in concrete to be permanently installed in the asphalt that “connect the dots” for CDOT’s surveying purposes. Currently, there are only two caps on the Meeker section of State Highway 13, one at either end of town. The cost of the caps, estimated at $10,000-12,000, will have to be added to the town’s cost before the project can move forward.
Staff’s recommendation to the board was to continue going through the process of getting everything in place with CDOT, hoping for construction in 2013.
“Considering the changes we have coming this spring, it doesn’t seem wise to try and push through a project of this magnitude and try for construction this year.” said Mayor Mandi Etheridge.
“We’ll just keep plugging along,”said Joe Holeyfield.
Trustee Rodney Gerloff suggested the need for a traffic control sign at the Sage Court cul-de-sac.
In other business, the board:

  • The Town of Meeker and White River Electric Association approved a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the electrical infrastructure improvements and the sale and disposal of a portion of the Ute Park “triangle parcel” between Main and Market streets.
  • Approved a lease permit for David Smith Ranches, Inc., to lease Ute Park for part of the year.
  • Approved a 3.2 beer retail license renewal for Watt’s Ranch Market
  • Approved a request for consideration of a corporate report of changes making Alberto Viera the primary owner of DACIA, Inc., and a name change from Fiesta Guadalajara to Mexican House.
  • Established a neighborhood (incorporated boundaries of the Town of Meeker) for Chipper’s Tavern at 285 Sixth St., for a liquor license application.
  • Approved a special events liquor license request from the Lions Club for the annual fireman’s ball.