MEEKER I With Mayor pro tem Travis Day at the helm, the Meeker Board of Trustees held its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Chris Lockwood requested a “five minute tour” of the third floor of town hall. The board discussed the possibility of the Meeker Chamber moving its offices to that space, with the Colorado Workforce office, and freeing up “the cabin” to serve solely as a visitor center.
Stephanie Kobald, chamber director, and chamber president Marie Hooks, updated the board on work they’ve been doing. Kobald said there are five grants “in the works right now” and said chamber membership has grown by 19 members in the last year. They’ve sold $38,000 in Chamber Bucks so far this year — before the holiday season, and mailed 310 informational packets. Last year they sent out 70 packets.
“Our visitor numbers are up,” she said.
Information about OHVs and OHV trails remains the number one information request, and the Chamber is looking at ways to increase education on responsible OHV recreation.
Police Chief Edward Thompson updated the board on the need for a new patrol vehicle. A vehicle was ordered in February but due to shortages, it has not been received. The board agreed to move forward with Thompson’s request.
During staff updates, Thompson said there were 490 incidents recorded in the month of August. Asked about the impending closure of the county jail and the plan to transport inmates to Moffat County, Thompson said “it’s going to be an issue” because of the time needed for transportation, overtime for staff, wear and tear on vehicles.
“We’re trying to make the best of it,” he added, noting there will be a meeting next week to discuss issues and potential solutions with the sheriff’s department.
The town pays the county for dispatch services, but not for the detention center.
Public Works Superintendent Russell Overton said beaver problems at the town’s pumphouse are clogging the culvert. Water usage is beginning to slow with cooler weather, down to about 30 million gallons a month.
By NIKI TURNER – email@example.com