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RANGELY | Mayor Andy Shaffer and the Rangely Board of Trustees squeezed in their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24 before the Thanksgiving holiday. All trustees were in attendance.
The meat of the meeting was two public hearings for Ordinances 692 and 693. The public hearing for the second and final reading of Ordinance 692, which comes on the heels of a serious accident involving a motor vehicle and an ATV being driven by minor without helmets on, provides for operator certification by the Chief of Police and providing new provisions requiring that protective helmets be worn by off-highway vehicle operators under the age of 18 and allowing the operation of golf carts on all roads within the town limits. There was no public input at the time of the hearings. Geer moved to approve, and Garner seconded the motion.
The public hearing for the second and final reading of Ordinance 693 to amend sections of the Rangely Municipal Code to increase the water, gas and sewer rates and the capital investment fees to provide sufficient revenues to maintain the balance of the water, gas and wastewater enterprise funds was moved for approval by Trustee Garner and seconded by Robie, passing unanimously. Both ordinances will be effective in 30 days.
Town Manager Lisa Piering gave her regular update. She announced that $85,000 was obtained for the 911 dispatch console contribution, Blue Mountain Energy also generously donated to this cause. Around $225,000 in total will be needed. Code Enforcement is going dormant for the winter months but will be pursuing individuals who refused to comply and clean their properties and then refused to pay for the cleanup. The town is working on placing the price tag for cleanup on those properties 2021 property taxes. A company is buying the Adora Inn, possibly turning the currently vacant motel into an extended stay motel. The same company looked at other vacant buildings in the Rangely area.
Moving on in the agenda, the October 2020 financial statement was passed for approval. Moving the general fund into reserves for the rest of the year. Robie moved to approve the Charter (Spectrum Pacific West, LLC) Franchise Agreement, typically these agreements are 10 years long and the town will receive 5% of Charters profits. Trustee Granger seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting ended 33 minutes after it started.
By ROXIE FROMANG | Special to the Herald Times