MONTE VISTA— The Monte Vista City Council accepted the 2013 audited financial statements prepared by Wall, Smith and Bateman at the council’s meeting on June 23.
The audit looks at the town’s finances and checks for compliance with a number of federal and state standards. The financials include a management letter, which serves as an executive summary for the document. Copies of the audit are published on the city’s website.
Questions on the audit can be referred to Finance Director Lori McGraw or City Manager Forrest Neuerburg, either by email, available on the website or by calling city hall at 852-2692.
The councilors voted to approve Resolution 6-2014 increasing the city’s water rates to comply with the requirements of the water rights acquisition projected entered into in May, 2010 in the amount of $2.72. The motion carried unanimously.
City Attorney Eugene Farish read a draft of Ordinance 855 to the council, which is an ordinance prohibiting the placement of used railcars and shipping storage containers on property in the city of Monte Vista.
Councilor Greg Spangler said his neighbor has a shipping container close to the alley that he is using to lockup and secure his property. “I don’t have a problem with it,” said Spangler. Neuerburg said the current ordinance is vague and the subject needs to be more fully defined. Councilor Jason Lorenz said he did not have a problem with it if the appearance was acceptable. “If it’s in good condition I don’t have a problem with it,” said Lorenz. “Now if it’s junk, we have an ordinance with junk.”
Farish asked the councilors if perhaps they needed to designate where the containers could be parked.
“If council would like, we can take a look at this section and issue a site permit for them,” said Neuerburg. “They are water proof and secure; I will be the first to say that.”
Spangler said he would like some kind of formatting process instead of a hard and fast rule. “If they go through the permitting process to place one it would be good,” said Spangler. “If it goes in without a permit then it’s illegal and it needs to come out.”
Neuerburg said it would be possible to include it as part of the “accessory allowable use.” Mayor Debbie Garcia asked for a motion, but none was made and the issue was tabled for further discussion.
Lorenz made a motion and Spangler seconded to approve the contract with Waste Management for solid waste collection services agreement. The motion carried unanimously.
Spangler gave his opinion of the recent Colorado Municipal League (CML) conference in Breckenridge that he and other councilors attended.
“There were a lot of good sessions and a lot of focus on economical development,” said Spangler. “Cooperation was the main topic and all agreed it was the best key to success.”
Go Skateboard Day
Garcia said she wanted to thank everyone who showed up for the Go Skateboarding Day celebration last Saturday. “I just want to say thank you to everybody who was able to make it to our first community celebration ‘Go Skateboarding Day,’” said Garcia. “Our recreation crew believes it was a success, and we are extremely grateful to those that showed up.”
Garcia said on Saturday, July 12, people throughout the Monte Vista and surrounding communities are invited to visit an emergency preparedness fair. “It will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the LDS Church at 99 West Prospect Avenue in Monte Vista,” said Garcia. “The fair is free and open to all. Exhibitors will share information to help the public become educated and prepared for emergency situations.”For the complete article see the 07-03-2014 issue.