Trustees: budget, vaccine mandate opposition

MEEKER I The Meeker Board of Trustees approved a liquor permit for the first annual Cornhole Tournament fundraiser for HopeWest on Sept. 25 at the 4-H Building at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds. It will be the only fundraising event for HopeWest for the year. Live music, kids’ activities, local food vendors will be part of the event, which replaces the HopeWest gala. 

Trustees also approved a contract with Regas Halandras for the bulk water building remodel on Third Street. 

Trustees reviewed and discussed the draft 2022 budget, opting to reduce line items for proposed Circle Park expenditures in conjunction with the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Parks District, and funding for the recycling program. A more detailed report on the town’s budget for 2022 will be included in a later HT. The final budget will be submitted to the public for review in October. 

Trustees also approved a letter to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in opposition to the vaccine mandate for healthcare providers and facilities. Mayor Kent Borchard said he had “mixed feelings” about the letter, as he is supportive of vaccinations for all, but has heard concerns that some hospital staffers have threatened to resign if they are required to get vaccines. Rio Blanco County Commissioners are expected to sign a similar letter at their next meeting. In Grand Junction, Rifle, and Glenwood Springs, healthcare workers who oppose the vaccine mandate have organized protests on the streets in the last week.

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