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Citizen First members watched the meeting on TV last night. My first time watching it. I had heard many complaints about the feed but it sounded just fine to us. Highlights were Citizen First member Lori Taylor being appointed to the Planning and Zoning Board. Hooray Lori. We now have over 10 Citizens First meeting attendees on Town Boards.
There was much discussion on the marijuana dispensaries. We missed most of this so if someone could tell us here what went on that would be appreciated. We were too busy dishing out great food and drinks.
Chuck Vielehr owner of 980 Mountain Ave. (the Historic Waggener Home) addressed the Trustees with his concerns on the Mountain Ave. project in front of his home. He said he thought the Town was hard-up for money and if so why are they putting in a $300,000 sidewalk in front of his property as he was just informed. It was his understanding that there would only be a curb and gutter to Taft. Mayor Patterson said the sidewalk was for safety reasons for the residents of Gateway. Mr. Vielehr pointed out that only one home has been sold there in the last 5 years. He also said the construction workers did not know of an essential drainage ditch along in front of his property and along the Waggener Park portion. He said the mail boxes in front of the rental unit on the east of the property were torn out and thrown to the ground. He was disappointed by the response from the Town to his concerns and expected better treatment. Mayor Patterson said any changes to the project at this stage would stop it. Mr Vielehr said. "Good". There were no Trustee replies or further comments from the Mayor.
Tim Katers spoke about the changes to the subdivision code.
The Board went into a special session concerning a potential legal issue.
Leaders of Citizens First will not be attending the Town meetings in person unless requested by a Trustees or if there is an issue we need to be there for. If you have seen the response we have received from (a couple) members of the Board when we have spoken about Christmas in Berthoud, Art in the Garden, concerns about the lack of residents on the BERT committee and other topics you will understand why we feel it would be more fun to watch the meetings on TV. For the past year and a half we have attended Town meetings and reported to you here on the forum. We will continue to do so with briefer reports followed by the official meeting minutes that Linda Higuera, Assistant Town Clerk takes. Linda does a great job. As always, we encourage citizens to attend Town meetings and be involved in local government. If you would like to join our Town Meeting TV party contact info@berthoudtownforum and we will get back to you on the location.