MONTE VISTA—The Monte Vista City Council heard a first reading and various reports at the Jan. 17 meeting.
The council discussed the possibility of entering into a lease and installation agreement with Energy Systems Group financed through San Luis Valley Federal Bank. This was a first reading on the agreement, which means that the council was not able to make a decision on the matter at their meeting, but they will be able to make a final decision at a later meeting.
The agreement would include a new boiler to heat the town hall as well as other energy efficient improvements including new lighting, and weather stripping.
Police Chief Jim Grayson told the council that, “the past year was very taxing to your police department,” and that they, “never stopped for a moment.”
Over the year the department had five robberies with 60 percent cleared. There were also two cases of sexual assault and both were cleared. Grayson told the board that, if rape cases are reported to the department they are usually solved. He said, “It’s the ones that aren’t reported that concern me.” He would like to help bring education to the community about reporting sexual assault crimes.
Burglaries and theft were the most common crime reported in Monte Vista with 59 burglaries and 104 thefts. Grayson said that those numbers were, “well out of proportion for a city of our size.”
Grayson said that in more than half of the burglaries, “they didn’t break in, they walked in.”
The clearance numbers for those cases are currently at 18 percent, but Grayson anticipates that they will soon increase to 25 percent.
Robert Vance told the council that there have been “numerous frozen meters around town.” There were two in the previous week that required the city to dig up lines. He said that people do need to be reminded to run their water in the cold weather.
Vance reported that he was still working with Colorado Department of Transportation representatives planning construction for downtown in the summer. He has also found out that the project will be going on at the same time as two other CDOT projects. There will be work to expand Highway 160 between Monte Vista and Alamosa and a project on Highway 285 from Broadway to 7 Mile. He was told that each project will take at least through October to complete.
Mayor Art Mediana said that the effect will be positive saying, “the good part is we’re going to have all new roads.”