Yampa pursues energy impact grants

Town plans to replace public works department equipment

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Yampa Town Board approved a $30,000 energy and mineral impact grant application for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs on Wednesday, to help the town purchase a new tractor with a loader for its public works department.

The town currently uses a 1978 Massy-Ferguson loader, purchased used before 1990, for everything from snow removal to street maintenance. The loader is "deteriorating" because of its age, according to the grant application, and becoming more costly to repair and maintain.

The town budgeted a $16,508 contribution toward the nearly $47,000 replacement cost and will be submitting the $30,658 request to DOLA for its next granting cycle. Trustee Jeff Drust will representative the town at a local prioritization hearing next week.

The Town Board also approved a liquor license transfer of ownership for the Yampa Kum & Go and opted to keep its accounts at First National Bank of the Rockies.

After research by town staff, Millennium Bank offered the highest return on the town's certificates of deposit, 2.85 percent, with First National Bank of the Rockies second at 2.5 percent, Town Clerk Janet Ray said.

Given the fact the First National Bank of the Rockies has a branch in Oak Creek and charges transfer fees to move the accounts, the town would gain only a few hundred dollars, which "isn't going to make us rich," Trustee Tom Yackey said.

Trustees also discussed the South Routt Economic Development Council's recent announcement that the annual Taste of South Routt may be canceled unless new volunteers step up to organize and run the event.

"I think it's good for Oak Creek. I like the community feel, I like the music," Trustee Arlene Porteus said about the event. "I'd like to see it continue, but if it can't happen, it can't happen."

The organization itself is considering going dormant. Its board is made up of local business owners, and they already are so busy that the EDC's last several meetings have not had a quorum, Yampa Trustee and EDC Secretary Karen Tussey said.

"We can't even approve the minutes," Tussey said.

The EDC will meet next at 7 p.m. March 30 at Oak Creek Town Hall and determine its future, as well as the future of the Taste of South Routt, depending on attendance and volunteer commitments.

The Yampa Planning Committee, which conducted a town survey last September, will hold its final meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Yampa Town Hall.

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

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