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Saguache News – January 5

Town Trustees: Serving Ain’t for Sissys

No matter where you turn, when the discussion comes to politics, everyone seems to be shying away. But that never solved anything. And in small rural communities like Saguache, Town management is the axle that keeps the wheel turning.

So with the New Year, comes the reborn hope for democracy, along with the following information from Saguache’s Mayor Pro-Tem and Trustee Luana Lovato regarding the town’s upcoming election this April and the positions that are open.

Swearing in Saguache Town Board April 2016

All elected officials take an oath to uphold and defend the State Constitution, as did these elected Town Trustees did in April 2016. Photo Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee.

A Public Service Announcement Submitted by Luana Lovato, Saguache Mayor Pro-Temp

The Town of Saguache needs citizens to run for the Office of Town Trustee, or Mayor. During the last election cycle, I challenged the citizens of Saguache to consider running for a position on the Town Board. I was so happy to see citizens step up and run for office.

The Town of Saguache has made great strides in the last 6 months and is headed in a good direction. It would be awesome if citizens decided to become involved in the future of our Town and run for office. Petition packets are available beginning January 2, 2018, and must be returned with the required verified signatures by January 22, 2018. Packets are available at the Town Hall located at 504 San Juan Ave., Saguache Colorado. There is a very short window to collect signatures on the petitions. All you need is a minimum of 10 signatures.

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The Saguache Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Avenue. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Anyone interested in giving back to our wonderful community and help direct the future of Saguache should definitely run for office. These are very important appointments for our Town. 2018 TOWN OF SAGUACHE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS The Town of Saguache Regular Municipal Elections are held on the first Tuesday of April in even numbered years by polling place ballot locations. For the 2018 election that date will be Tuesday, April 3, 2018. At each election, eligible electors can vote for candidates nominated to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees.

Eligibility Requirements (C.R.S 31-10-301) to run:

  • Candidate must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the election (Tuesday, April 3, 2018).
  • Candidate must be a registered voter by the time of the candidate’s nomination.
  • Candidate must be a primary resident of the Town of Saguache for a period of at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the election.
  • Candidate must maintain residency throughout the term in office.
  • Candidate must have resided within the State of Colorado for at least 22 days prior to the election.
  • Candidate must be properly registered with the Saguache County Clerk and Recorder.
  • Candidate may not be a candidate for more than one office at the same election or hold two municipal offices.

There are a number of Saguache Town positions that need to be filled in 2018.

  • The Mayor of Saguache
  • Town Trustees (5 out of the six positions need to be filled)
    •  (3) four-year positions
    • (2) two-year positions.

The three four-year Trustee positions (2018-2022) shall be awarded to the candidates receiving the highest number of votes. The two candidates receiving the next highest vote totals will fill the two positions with a term expiration of 2020.

Candidate packets can be obtained at the Saguache Town hall at 504 San Juan Avenue. For information regarding the election and the election calendar please click the link below or contact the Town Clerk at 719-655-2232 or by email at townclerk@townofsaguache.org or visit town hall.

 

 

 

 

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Latest News – November 14

Town Board Meets in Saguache Today @ 6:30 p.m.

The Saguache Town Board of Trustees will meet at Town Hall to discuss sevral importat isses tonight at 6:30 p.m. Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Aveue. Photo: Saguache Today

The Saguache Town Board of Trustees will meet at Town Hall to discuss several important issues tonight at 6:30 p.m. Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Aveue. Photo: Saguache Today

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NEWS FROM TOWN HALL – For September – October 2016

INFORMATION – Meeting of the Town Board: If you feel strongly about an issue on the agenda, please attend the meeting to voice your opinion. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please submit a signed letter and your letter will be read and become part of the official minutes.  

REMINDER – DOGS NOT TO RUN AT LARGE and IN CONTROL OF OWNER AT ALL TIMES: If you own a dog(s) within the Town of Saguache per Saguache Municipal Code Chapter 10 Section 10-10-30 “Dogs running at large prohibited” – definition. “The term running at large means to be off the premises of the owner and not under immediate control of the owner or of an authorized person, either by leash or otherwise restrained; however, an animal within the automobile or other vehicle of its owner shall be deemed to be upon the owner’s premises. It is unlawful for any owner, possessor or keeper of any dog in the Town to permit or allow any dog to run at large in the Town.”

REMINDER – Cleaning up after your dog: Please remember while you are taking your dog(s) for walks throughout town, please clean up after them. Also please avoid letting them urinate on town property (i.e. benches, light poles, etc.) especially on 4th Street. The Town has placed “Mutt Mitt” collection bags at Otto Mears Park for your use. Thank you.

Don’t forget to check their website at www.townofsaguache.org for updates and meeting agendas/minutes.  The web page will be receiving a facelift in the near future.  Additionally, we will be posting all important information on their Facebook page.

 

Lates News – September 15

County, City News in Saguache Today

It’s  government news round up in Saguache Today.

First, The Saguache County Courthouse will close today at noon, so if you have any business that needs to get done, take care of it this morning, otherwise you’ll have to wait until tomorrow morning, when the building re-opens at 8 a.m.

The Saguache County Courthouse will be closed in the afternoon of September 15 for the Annual Employees Appreciation Party. Photo: Saguache Today

The Saguache County Courthouse will be closed in the afternoon of September 15 for the Annual Employees Appreciation Party. Photo: Saguache Today

The building is closing for the county’s Annual Employee Appreciation Picnic, so let’s hope they have a good day for it and enjoy those new picnic table built by Saguache Girl Scout

Secondly, the main entrance and handicap accessible entrance to the Saguache County Courthouse will be closed from September 12 – 30 for repairs to the steps. Residents and workers are asked to please use the West doors for entrance. This entrance can also provide access to the handicap lift, just ring the bell for assistance. The county apologies for any inconvenience.

In Town of Saguache news, residents should mark their calendars for the next Public Meeting to Discuss the purchase of the Dunn Building (Mason’s Building).

Saguache Town Trustees tour the Mason Building in downtown Saguache. The town is considering purchasing the historic building. Pictured left to right are Saguache Town Trustees: Susan Collins, Amber Wilson, Wyoma Hansen, and Saguache Mayor Greg Terrell. Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee

Saguache Town Trustees tour the Mason Building in downtown Saguache. The town is considering purchasing the historic building. Pictured left to right are Saguache Town Trustees: Susan Collins, Amber Wilson, Wyoma Hansen, and Saguache Mayor Greg Terrell. Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee

The meeting is going to be held on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m., at the County Road and Bridge.

There are people who agree with the Town purchase of the building, and there are people who do not agree with the purchase the building. Please make time to attend this meeting and make your wishes known. During a July Town Board meeting, citizens requested that the issue be put on a ballot and allow the citizens to vote on it. The Trustees, by a nod of heads agreed to put it on a ballot and allow the citizens to vote on it. Since that meeting, certain members of the town board seem to be of the opinion that the Trustees should vote on whether the Town should purchase the building, instead of allowing the citizens to vote on it.

It is very important that residents come and let your thoughts, ideas and wishes be known.

 

 

Latest News – August 16

Town Meeting Tonight Re: Purchase of Mason Building

‎If you haven’t heard the word by now, there is a Saguache Town Board meeting tonight, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the Town’s plans to purchase the Mason Building on 4th Street and San Juan Ave. This meeting will be held at th Saguache County Road & Bridge Conference Room at 305 3rd Street.spacer

Saguache Town Trustees tour the Mason Building in downtown Saguache. The town is considering purchasing the historic building. Pictured left to right are Saguache Town Trustees: Susan Collins, Amber Wilson, Wyoma Hansen, and Saguache Mayor Greg Terrell. Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee

Saguache Town Trustees tour the Mason Building in downtown Saguache. The town is considering purchasing the historic building. Pictured left to right are Saguache Town Trustees: Susan Collins, Amber Wilson, Wyoma Hansen, and Saguache Mayor Greg Terrell. Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee

spacerWhile the Town Trustees have not yet made a decision regarding the purchase of the Dunn Block (Mason Building) there will be a presentation of information and research on the proposed purchase followed by community discussion. Recent town meetings indicate that the Town Trustees are considering bringing the issue to a vote of the people in early 2017. It is important that the Citizens of the Town of Saguache learn more about the purchase grant from History Colorado and what the Town has in mind.

This is your chance as a citizen to be heard and give input to what you feel is important.

Mason Building is located on the NW corner of on 4th Street and San Juan Avenue in downtown Saguache. This is the rear of the structure. Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee

Mason Building is located on the NW corner of on 4th Street and San Juan Avenue in downtown Saguache. This is the rear of the structure. Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee

If you have concerns, suggestions, an opinion, please attend and be heard.

 

Some citizens have already weighed in on social media including the following comments for those readers who don’t connect via Facebook. Here are some of those opinions:

Liza Marron I won’t be able to attend the meeting, but I believe this is a beautiful historic building with much possibility and I know the aging Mason’s can no longer take care of it. I would like to see it preserved and possibly owned by the Town if we can afford it. It could be used for community needs/economic development purposes. I know there is grant money involved to help with the purchase. It is the upkeep and monthly expenses we have to take into consideration.spacer

Where the Mason Building is Located in Downtown SaguacheMason Bulding Saguache Today Bedell Dowtown Graphic photo

 

 

Latest News – April 25

Special Session Tonight Regarding Town Administrator

Tonight, Monday, April 25 the Saguache Town Board has set a special session meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss whether to go forward and hire a Town Administrator. This meeting is open to all public and will be held at the Town Hall located at 504 San Juan Avenue.

The newly seated Saguache Town Board is from left to right: Kate Vasha, May Engquist, Loren Aldrich , Mayor Greg Terrell, Wyoma Hansen, Amber Wilson, and Susan Collins. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

The newly seated Saguache Town Board is from left to right: Kate Vasha, May Engquist, Loren Aldrich , Mayor Greg Terrell, Wyoma Hansen, Amber Wilson, and Susan Collins. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

Recently the Town of Saguache received a $98,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). This grant money is specifically earmarked to enable Saguache to hire a town administrator. At tonight’s special session, if the majority of Trustees vote no, then the town will need to return the grant money to DOLA.

According to the town’s website, Akia Tanara has been working under a contract to jumpstart projects like repairing local sewer lines.

Saguache Town Administrator Akia Tanara

Saguache Town Administrator Akia Tanara

While the town’s old system is not leaking sewage, the pipes do allow sub-irrigation water to get into the system, causing the sewer lagoon to take in over the amount of effluent allowed by the Colorado Department of Health and the Environment. If the problem is not fixed, the town will likely be required to build a multi-million-dollar waste treatment plant. The DOLA grant pays 75 percent of a town administrator’s salary the first year, 50 percent the second year and 25 percent the third year.

The former town board who initiated the possibility felt that this grant makes it possible for the town to hire an administrator without taxing the town budget. The hope is that the position of Town Administrator can be self-sustaining.

“One of the major responsibilities of an administrator would be to write and administer grants for projects—for instance, to fix the sewer system, pave streets and remodel the Community Building and add a commercial kitchen,” said Saguache Town Mayor Greg Terrell. “Not only would grant money pay the lion’s share of the projects costs, but various grants also allow us to add up to 15 percent of the total amount to cover administrative costs. That means the actual cost of an administrator could be zero.”

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Latest News – January 26

Town to Propose Sales Tax for Law Enforcement

 By Kathy Bedell © Saguache Today

“You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem,” stated Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick at a special work session with Town of Saguache Trustees and residents on January 21.

Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick (left) addresses Town Trustees and residents at the special work session concerning law enforcement in Saguache. Photo: Saguache Today.

Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick (left) addresses Town Trustees and residents at a special work session concerning law enforcement held in Saguache on January 21. Photo: Saguache Today.

More than 30 residents attended last week’s meeting to address growing concerns over an increase in criminal activity, ranging from residential break-ins, to car thefts, to speeding issues through town. In the end, the solution for local officials is to present a one percent sales tax increase to Saguache voters on the upcoming April 5 ballot, dedicated to providing additional law enforcement within the town.

Saguache Town Trustees Kate Vasha, June Savage, Luana Lovato, Andrew Virdin, and Tony Sandoval along with Town Clerk Therese Garcia were present, in addition to Saguache Mayor Greg Terrell and Sheriff Warwick, to discuss growing concerns regarding the town’s lack of regular patrols. Initial discussions during the regular town board meeting on January 19, led officials to call a special work session to discuss ways to curtail a recent spike in crimes within Saguache. Foremost in many residents’ minds was the need to reinstate a dedicated law enforcement officer to provide more regular patrols in town, as well as quicker response time from county deputies.

In the past, Saguache did have a town constable, but budgetary constraints and personnel issues saw that position eliminated. However, most in attendance at last Thursday’s meeting were willing to revisit the situation. The end result was to present town voters with Resolution No. 2016-D which would increase sales tax in the Town of Saguache by one percent, thereby generating “at least $30,000, which would provide needed funds for law enforcement.”

Town Trustee Kate Vasha (left) explains the board’s decision to bring the issue to Saguache voters in April. Saguache Town Trustee June Savage is pictured on the right. Photo: Saguache Today.

Town Trustee Kate Vasha (left) explains the board’s decision to bring the issue to Saguache voters in April. Saguache Town Trustee June Savage is pictured on the right. Photo: Saguache Today.

While the increase, if approved by voters, would not go into effect until January 1, 2017, the Board of Trustees also made the commitment to accelerate the process by committing $50,000 from the town’s reserves to initiate securing a dedicated officer as soon as possible. Ultimately this decision would cover the costs through 2016, even if local residents decided against the ballot measure in April.

During the meeting Sheriff Warwick presented the nuts and bolts of hiring a “mid-range” deputy and what the time line would be to hire and train an additional officer. The salary, which would include benefits, amounts to $50,000/annually.

“I’m short man power and I can’t take someone and put them in town, thereby neglecting other parts of the community,” said Sheriff Warwick. He went on to explain that as things stand now the county department falls short of personnel and resources compared to other counties with even smaller territories and populations. Currently the sheriff’s department has eight full-time deputies, although between one officer being out for medical issues, as well as juggling schedules and vacation time, the staff basically operates with six officers.

Town Law enforcemnet ballot initiative Resolution 2016_DThis stark reality led town officials to take matters into their own hands and move forward with an intergovernmental agreement between the Town of Saguache and the Saguache County Sheriff’s office to pay for dedicated patrols and law enforcement for the community of about 500 residents. It was during this point in the meeting, when former agreements were re-visited, that Sheriff Warwick expressed his strongest opinions in the matter, declaring that the past arrangement put a burden on every single deputy in the department. It seems in the past, a dedicated Town of Saguache patrol car, which was not always well-equipped, complicated the situation. 

“I’m not going to have an officer needing help and have the town board dictate that the officer can’t take the patrol car that far – tough crap! If an officer needs help, another officer is going to back him up, I don’t care what the cost,” said Sheriff Warwick.

Current town officials agreed, indicating that the scheduling and training of an additional deputy would be left to Sheriff Warwick’s discretion and experienced leadership. In addition, Warwick expressed that he would also look into available programs that could help defray some of the expenditures associated with an extra deputy.

After the work session, the Town Trustees went into special session where they voted unanimously to put the resolution to voters on the April 5 Saguache Town ballot. The next steps are as follows, Sheriff Warwick and Trustees will develop a contract, which will be presented to Saguache County Commissioners for approval. Then the process of hiring and training an additional deputy will commence. This action will be initiated regardless of the election outcome, in light of the town’s decision to move forward with securing extra law enforcement detail with reserves funds.

Once the contract is inked, the Sheriff has committed to additional patrols in the Town until a full time officer is hired.

“I will at least get someone patrolling in town as much as possible to try to fulfill the full term of the contract,” Warwick concluded. “And we will reduce the cost for those months where we are lacking before we get someone hired on fulltime.”

Town of Saguache Trustees and Mayor voted unanimously to bring a one percent sales tax increase to voters on the April 5 ballot to cover costs of additional law enforcement patrols in town. Photo: Saguache Today.

Town of Saguache Trustees and Mayor voted unanimously to bring a one percent sales tax increase to voters on the April 5 ballot to cover costs of additional law enforcement patrols in town. Photo: Saguache Today.

Because the sales tax revenue would not kick in until January 2017 the trustees would have to go into the reserves to make up the difference. “We don’t like to go into those reserves,” stated Trustee Kate Vasha, “but I feel like it’s kind of an emergency situation.” She added that if the sales tax measure does not pass in April, then the town will have to figure out where to get that money. At present the Town of Saguache sales tax is at 3%, the increase would bump that up to 4 percent.

At their next regular meeting on February 16, the town board will vote to take the additional balance – over the $20,000 already set aside for 2016 – in reserves to fulfill the balance of the contract. Residents are encouraged to attend and make their voices heard.

“It would be nice to see this kind of participation on every issue that the town deals with,” state Mayor Terrell, adding. “I want to personally thank the deputies; we have fabulous deputies in Saguache!”