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City council updated on roads, police

Posted: Thursday, Jul 25th, 2013

MONTE VISTA—The Monte Vista City Council heard regular reports and approved a resolution at their July 18 meeting.


City Manager Don Van Wormer told the board that the monument signs, posted along Highway 160, would be replaced with the new city logo. The logo will also be placed on city equipment and other items.

Van Wormer updated the council on the downtown construction project. He said Colorado Department of Transportation representatives are pleased with the company’s progress.


Police Chief James Grayson has applied for a number of grants since coming to the department. Many of those have been approved, but they are waiting to hear about others.

The department is going to continue training, with one officer training in Saguache County for truck inspection. Grayson said the training, “may not be very popular with some folks, but necessary.”

Traffic stops have increased approximately 20 percent for the month of June. Grayson said that increase, “has nothing to do with revenue, but has to do with curbing a behavior.”


The board approved Resolution 6-2013, waiving their Airport Improvement Funding for the year. The funds come from the Federal Aviation Administration. That money will be available in following years.


An ordinance amending the city’s subdivision code was approved. Those who would like to simply adjust a boundary on their property will be able to avoid going through a longer more complicated process. A full copy of the ordinance and amendment are available from city hall.


Charlie Burd, board director for this year’s Stampede committee told the board that the cooperation between the board and city was, “just awesome.” He said they would like to work together to put signs up at the Ski Hi Park.

The committee has struggled to pay for private security and for additional police presence. Grayson said the department would be able to cover about 25 percent of that charge as an in-kind expense without impacting their budget.

Burd said, “that would be great.”

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