Rangely trustees consider meeting attendance req’s

RANGELY | Rangely’s Town Board of Trustees meeting on July 13 begin at 7:02 p.m. with all present. Minutes were approved with motion by Ellis and Webber’s second.

Grand County (Utah) Commissioner Trisha Hedin provided a presentation regarding the Eastern Utah Regional Connection/Book Cliffs Highway Project. This is a project being promoted by the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition. The goal is to complete the transportation corridor from the Uintah Basin to I-70. Hedin explained the many detriments to Utah and the subsequent detriment to Rangely and its travel corridor. Further details will be published including explanation of the detriments and calls to action.

Jeff LeBleu provided updates on projects around town including fixing the air conditioning at the animal shelter and laying sod in the town courtyard.

The first public hearing on Town Ordinance 696 (2021) was heard. The ordinance would require the mayor and trustees to be present at 80% of all regular and special meetings. This was a thoughtful discussion that considered opposing points. Trustee Luke Geer wishes for an exception for people who work out of town, while the rest of the council considered the impact of virtual attendance. Mayor Andy Shaffer expressed concerns regarding the long term impacts of not protecting the standards. Trustee Keely Ellis questioned how well a virtual attendance would represent the constituents of the community who attend, watch or seek the attention of an elected official such as a town trustee. Trustee Tim Webber suggested this be voted on at the next council meeting.

All new business items were approved. The Veteran Mobile Medical unit will be adding stops to Rangely.

By ROXIE FROMANG | Special to the Herald Times