The Town Board has decided to negotiate with property owner Joyce Jones for an easement along the Berthoud reservoir in exchange for a waiver of fees associated with a requested annexation.
Town Planner Tim Katers said the total fees would be $3,307, which includes a $1,165 deposit for estimated development review expenses. He also noted that an easement for water and sewer lines is already established on the 11 acres of property.
While discussing the matter at the Aug. 11 board meeting, the trustees agreed it would be advantageous to the Town to have another easement along the reservoir for future recreational use.
Residents Complain about Water Taste, Odor
During his report to the Town Board at the Aug. 11 meeting, interim Town Administrator Gary Suiter said residents have been calling with complaints about the taste and smell of Town water. He said it has been determined that the water is safe to drink and that a possible algae bloom or inversion of the water in the Town reservoir was the cause of the problem. Also, the charcoal levels in the treated water have been out of balance, Suiter said.
Resident Objects to Economic Developer Rehire
During the public comment portion of the Aug. 11 Town Board meeting, resident Jane Clevenger expressed concern about the Town’s attempt to rehire former economic development coordinator Stephanie Salazar. Clevenger said she felt that taxpayer funds should not go to the Berthoud Economic Resource Team, which has encouraged the rehiring of Salazar.
She also said that economic development efforts should be separate from the Town government and that the leadership of BERT should be examined.
Interim Town Administrator Gary Suiter reported he is pursuing the rehiring of Salazar as directed by the Board of Trustees. Salazar served the Town on an interim basis for three months beginning last November.
Resolution Approved for Aims College Election
The Board of Trustees has approved a resolution for an Aims Community College election to annex Berthoud into its district and assess a 6.299 mill levy. If passed, Berthoud residents would be eligible for reduced fees to attend the college.
The election will take place in November during the general elections.
Town Attorney Bruce Fickel explained that special state legislation had been passed to establish the Berthoud district for the college.