Meeker board of trustees declare local disaster

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Bicyclists pass Meeker Town Hall on a Saturday ride. Caitlin Walker | Herald Times

MEEKER | The Meeker Board of Trustees met via teleconference in an emergency meeting last Thursday, March 26 and passed Resolution 2-2020 declaring a local disaster regarding COVID-19, based on recommendations from Ty Gates, RBC Emergency Manager, and RBC Public Health Director Alice Harvey.

“This allows us to apply for FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] funding that will hopefully be available,” said Town Manager Lisa Cook.

Cook said the town’s offices are mostly closed, with only essential staff remaining. Residents are encouraged to call, email or use the dropbox at Town Hall. Ballots for the municipal election can be mailed or dropped off at the Town Hall dropbox or at the ballot box at the courthouse. Ballots are due by April 7, next Tuesday.

Also in response to the COVID-19 situation, Chief of Police Phil Stubblefield, who was scheduled to retire this week, has agreed to stay on for another month or so “mainly due to the shortage of officers,” he said.

In other business, the board agreed to apply for a Colorado Department of Transportation grant for a 50% match for the School Street sidewalk project.

By Niki Turner | Special to the Herald Times