The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, February 11 to consider two items that were recommended to them by the Planning Commission, approved at the Planning Commission’s February 4 meeting.

     Proposed Ordinance #2020-03 would have moved site plan approval from the Community Development Director to the Planning Commission. Although the Planning Commission had unanimously approved taking over site plan approval for site plans with less than four residences, members of the Board of Trustees were not in favor of the change. A public hearing would be held no matter which body ended up with the approval authority, but Trustees felt that the decisions should remain with elected officials instead of the appointed planning commissioners.

     The second proposal, Ordinance #2020-04, would have moved requests for variances of the Land Development Code (LDC) from the Board of Trustees to the Planning Commission. This proposal was also approved for recommendation to the Board of Trustees at the Planning Commission’s February 4 meeting. The same public notices and public hearings would be held, but it was thought that the Planning Commission may have more knowledge and experience in dealing with the LDC than the Trustees. When presented to the Board, the same objections were given by Trustees, and that since the Board of Trustees also acts as the Board of Adjustment when there is a disagreement on a variance issue, they should be the ones hearing the variance requests in the first place. Trustees agreed that no motion would be made to transfer the variance requests to the authority of the Planning Commission.

     In other town business, Town Administrator Janet Hawkinson requested direction from the Board on contracting with Adcock Concrete for the construction of the ‘bump-outs’ at the four-way stop at Third St. and Kluge. Upon receiving Board approval to proceed, Hawkinson announced that the work would commence within the next couple of weeks. 

     Board members also decided to wait until after the April election for Mayor and Trustees to appoint new members to the Tourism Advisory Board.

     Hawkinson was hopeful that funding for the modification of Highway 6 will be approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Final funding will be around $912,000 with approximately $365,000 supplied by the Town itself. The original grant required matching funds of 50% of the total funding, but Palisade qualified for relief from a portion of the matching funds due to a ‘poverty’ classification. CDOT’s final decision should be known in March.

     Candidates to fill the position of Municipal Judge are being reviewed and will be interviewed by Mayor Roger Granat and Mayor Pro-tem Greg Mikolai.

     Town Administrator Hawkinson is also researching the costs of installing a ‘splash pad’, now estimated at $150,000 – $200,000. Locations were discussed, with the most likely being within the fence at the Peach Bowl Park swimming pool.

     Attending the February 11 meeting were Trustees Jessica Bonds, Robynn Sundermeier, Jamie Somerville, Susan L’Hommedieu, Mayor Roger Granat and Mayor Pro-tem Greg Mikolai. Absent was Trustee Thea Chase. Also present were Town Administrator Janet Hawkinson, Town Clerk Lindsey Chitwood, Finance Director Travis Boyd, Planner Allyson Shellhorn, Fire Chief Richard Rupp and Water Treatment Plant Manager Matt Lemon.

     The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the Civic Center at 341 West 7th Street. All meetings are open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend.