Jamestown Board of Directors meets, plans – The Mountain-Ear
Kirk C. Watkins, Jamestown. The Jamestown Board of Directors (BOT) held its monthly meeting on Monday, April 5, 2021.
The report of the clerk / treasurer
The budget for the first quarter is on target. Monthly recycling, July 4th, cleanup activities and city ditch upgrades were accounted for through the sustainability grant. The total income received for the city is $ 34,274, expenses are $ 14,567 for the first quarter.
Electricity bills were higher than expected due to broken pipes in the JAM cabin, which required fans to dry excess water. The income from the utility franchise will help offset the expenses.
The propane payments are higher than expected due to the community food share that took place during the cold months.
The water balance was as follows. Overall, first quarter spending is within the allocated range. Late fees for water bills have been postponed during the pandemic, but an update will be prepared for the next meeting. The total expenditure for the water budget is $ 14,270.63, out of an annual budget of $ 77,689.
The budget for the JVFD (Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department) was as follows. During CalWood, fire crews were dispatched, bringing in an additional $ 15,500.49 in revenue for the use of city equipment. The income went to firefighters’ salaries, equipment used and personnel costs. The donations also helped offset the loss of income from the July 4th income. Total expenses were $ 11,848.62 and total income was $ 14,196 for the first quarter, which was within budget parameters.
The road budget is supplemented by the State for a total of $ 1,600, which will be added during the year. All road funds are provided by the road user tax fund. Council approved a $ 15,000 cash transfer from the county to fund additional projects this fiscal year, which ignores this budget cycle.
The parks budget, which includes the Conservation Trust Fund, was $ 2,000 without spending.
An update has been given regarding the County’s Covid-19 response. Masks are no longer needed outdoors, but are still needed indoors. The Covid-19 County dial will expire on April 16, and Boulder County will adopt state guidelines. This will remove outside restrictions and social distancing requirements.
In May, recycling will return to the church parking lot following the lifting of restrictions. There will be no restrictions after April 16 regarding outdoor gatherings.
Merc’s plans for the town square will be allowed without restrictions and the town will be allowed to plan for July 4th.
A tentative agreement to start booking groups has been given for the July 4th festivities.
Table action items
Approval of the use of Elysian Park BandShell for Jamestown Elementary Graduation. It has been proposed to hold the graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The board proposed a no-cost approval, which was passed.
Discussion and approval of a city survey project to include a description of the project, pros / cons and survey questions regarding a proposed Elysian Park improvement project. Two parts are proposed. Part of this is to offer a community meeting to allow for feedback and community input to develop the survey. The second part involves the board taking the feedback and creating a survey to distribute to the community.
It was noted that a survey should be designed to determine if the community wanted to modernize the park and what would be the steps to achieve the community’s goals. Concerns were raised about taking into account the community’s contribution and how to ensure that it was done correctly.
A motion to table approval of the survey questions was raised and passed. Volunteers have been requested from the board of directors for a working committee on this project. Trustees Loving, Brancato and Mayor Schoedinger will form this group, and he will be responsible for creating a proposal to present to the council.
Approval of the Zoom community meeting before sending the survey. A formal motion to hold a community meeting on Monday April 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. was passed.
IGA floodplain management with update from Boulder County. Boulder County’s Dale Case asked Boulder County commissioners what kind of information needs to be provided to create an AGR for the next meeting. A recent renewal of the commissioners, due to the limitation of terms of office, has caused them not to be fully familiar with the conditions of the AIG.
Board committee reports
Center of the left catchment area: attended a presentation by Terry Plummer, vice president of maintenance and operations at Left Hand Ditch Company, on water delivery by the Left Hand Ditch Company.
Water and Water Operations Committee: Residents are encouraged to plant with drought tolerant species. CDPHE grant application and awaiting results and search for contractors for coating and painting.
Jamestown Volunteer Fire & EMS: The fire department has been paid for the CalWood fire response, EMS has added two new volunteers.
Parks: Organize volunteers for clean-up days in the parks. Ground squirrels, voles or ground squirrels causing problems in the park. By convention, burrowing animals should be treated because of the potential violation of the hazardous material cap and their rise to the surface. Need to look for methods to fix the problem.
Pickleball asked to repaint the courts. The board will research funding and processes.
Streets and bridges: Fixed a mud hole on the graveyard road. I have researched and received answers regarding the maintenance of traffic cones on Main Street.
Jamestown Wildfire Safety & Local Working Group: The Team Rubicon project is scheduled for the first three weekends in May and the first weekend in April. Chris O’Brien to collaborate. Friday, Saturday and Sunday on these dates to chip and eliminate the risk of forest fires. All owners within the firewall have signed up and ready. Communications with the community to be created and disseminated. Seth Strickland to oversee the project.
Maintenance of the town hall: Water pipes to work in the JAM room.
Garden Committee: The seed bank is stocked and new tools are purchased. The soil has been tested by the CSU laboratories to identify contaminants. Need labor to rotate, operate the irrigation lines. Orientation provided for members to track volunteer hours and encourage participation.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 p.m.
The next Jamestown BOT meeting will be on May 3, 2021 at 7 p.m.
(Originally published in the April 22, 2021 edition of The ear of the mountain.)