Town discusses reserves, speed limits

MEEKER | The 2021 Town of Meeker budget will dip into reserves to balance the budget if approved in December. Town staff presented the budget to the board of trustees Tuesday, Nov. 17. Changes can still be made between now and Dec. 14. “The focus will be on maintenance more than capital improvements,” the budget states.

Mayor Kent Borchard said he has been in conversation with a traffic engineer from Colorado Department of Transportation about the possibility of moving the reduced speed from 65mph to 50mph out past the intersection to Pioneers Medical Center. The sign is currently south of the hospital and the turnoff to County Rd. 8.

CDOT recommends placing a radar speed feedback sign in the area to let people know they need to slow down.

Borchard also addressed the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Meeker and encouraged everyone to abide by public health recommendations, including wearing masks and social distancing. Business owners who have trouble with customers refusing to comply can call the Meeker Police Department if needed.

Neighboring Mesa County has been moved into the “red” zone because of increasing case counts and hospitalizations, which affects which businesses can remain open, school closures, and more. Moffat County has been moved to “orange” as of Tuesday.

The board agreed to split the remaining $5,600 of CARES funds between the Meeker Chamber, Chuckwagon, and Meals on Wheels.