Silver Cliff Considers Ordinances During July Meeting
The Silver Cliff Town board of trustees held
their regular monthly meeting on Monday,
July 1 and tackled the full agenda before
After a motion made by Mayor Pro-Tem
Buck Wenzel and a second by trustee Fred
Hernandez, the consent agenda passed
unanimously. The consent agenda included
the approval of the minutes from the
previous month, treasurer’s report, approval
of the bills, and renewal of the Certificate of
Deposit (CD) with First State Bank of
An update was given on the Senior Center
located in the basement of the Silver Cliff
Town Hall. Many thanks were given to the
town staff and trustees for all they have done
for the center this year. This included work
done on the parking lot. A reminder was
given to all that everyone, regardless of age
is invited to have lunch at the Senior Center
on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. A
lot of upgrades have been made as well.
Handicap access is also available now.
The topic of the 50-year lease with the Town
of Silver Cliff was also raised. The present
lease is up in 2027, which seems like a long
way away, but it was expressed that the
trustees give the lease some thought.
An update was given on the Silver Cliff pit.
A meeting was scheduled for July 15 with
Seifert’s and Mayor Steve Lasswell, Mayor
Pro-Tem Buck Wenzel, Trustee David
Elliott, and Trustee Fred Hernandez. The
purpose of the meeting will be to discuss a
right-to-enter and the possibility of raising
the entry fee. (More on this will be reported
after the next meeting on Aug. 5.)
The town completed their Strategic planning
with Sheryl Trent and are awaiting the final
Commander John Carroll of the American
Legion Post 170 presented a Certificate of
Appreciation to the Town. Carroll
recognized the trustees and staff for all they
do to help make the annual Memorial Day
ceremony a huge success.
Mary Behrendt, owner of the Silver Dome in
Silver Cliff spoke of her plans for the
anniversary celebration on
July 4. She also asked permission to shoot
fireworks that don’t leave the ground at
approximately 10:30 p.m. after the local
fireworks display at Lake DeWeese, so the
fire district can be present.
permission was granted to the Silver Dome
to have fireworks at their celebration.
Kathy Hays, representing her business,
Resinosa, LLC. stated that she and her
husband, Jeff had signed papers a short time
before the meeting as the new owners of the
building formerly called Critical Paths. She
also explained how Cannabidoil (CBD) is
extracted from hemp. Hays also spoke on
the health benefits for both humans and our
A tasting license for The Liquor Cabinet
was unanimously approved by the board due
to all requirements being met.
The first reading of Ordinance 01-2019
regarding Domestic Animals took place. The
second reading will happen at the August 5
meeting as will a public hearing and
consideration of approval. If anyone is
interested in reading the proposed
Ordinance, stop by the town hall located on
Main Street in Silver Cliff.
The board held the First Reading of
Ordinance 03-2019 regarding Accessory
Structures. The second reading will take
place during the Aug. 5 meeting along with
a public hearing and consideration of
approval. Make sure to stop by the town hall
to read this proposed ordinance as well.
A public hearing and consideration of
approval on Ordinance 04-2019 regarding
the 2018 International Zoning Codes
occurred. A motion was made by Trustee
Elliott and seconded by Trustee Jeremy
Handy to adopt Ordinance 04-2019. Motion
Discussion ensued as to whether to appoint
two or more representatives from the board
to the five county internet strategic plan
committee. This committee will be part of
the Upper Arkansas Area Council of
Mayor Pro-Tem Wenzel made a motion to
appoint two persons from their township
with fees not to exceed $400. Motion was
seconded by Trustee Handy. Motion passed
- by Tracy Ballard
Westcliffe Mulls Selling Benson Hall And Approves 2018 Audit
The Town of Westcliffe board of trustees held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 2 and got down to the business at hand. The trustees were presented with the consent agenda, which included the minutes from the June meeting, the treasurer’s report, and the list of bills to pay. Trustee Gary Frickell made a motion to approve the consent agenda. Trustee Bess Cole seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
The Sheriff’s report for the second quarter was rescheduled for the August 7 meeting Deb Adams, representing the Sangre Star Festival, gave a presentation to the trustees on the upcoming event next year.
Next on the agenda was a consideration of request to approve Ordinance 5-2019 regarding whether to amend Title 6, Chapter 9, Section 11. Essentially, whether or not to impose a penalty (jail time), for the residential growing, cultivating, and processing of marijuana. If the trustees voted to amend the ordinance, it would remove the jail time penalty. Trustee Jim Bistodeau made the motion to amend and it was seconded by Trustee Leslie Parkes. Motion passed and the penalty will be removed.
The trustees considered whether to approve the 2018 audit. Motion was made for approval by trustee Cole and seconded by Trustee Frickell. The motion passed unanimously. Next, the board scheduled a special meeting for July 9 at 5:30 p.m. to decide whether to sell the
property previously known as Benson Hall, located at 305 Main St. They will also consider an asking price at that time. Bids will be obtained from Westcliffe Realtors if Eric Foster does not purchase said building. Town Attorney, Jay Printz will draw up the contract and sale. Foster
spoke on the possibility that it could become the Veteran’s Service Office or a Chaplain’s living area and counseling for Eagle Summit Ranch. Foster will speak with Dave Roever, owner of Eagle Summit Ranch as well as the Roever Foundation.
Members of the town staff expressed interest in purchasing the old laptops. The trustees decided they would allow staff to buy them for $50 each.
The board decided to move the August meeting to Wednesday, August 7 due to National Night Out scheduled for their regular meeting night of August 6.
Next up was consideration of whether to renew a Certificate of Deposit (CD) at First State Bank of Colorado. During the June meeting, Clerk Kathy Reis made a recommendation to place this CD in CSafe, which offers better interest. The other CD’s are due in November and will be
discussed during the 2020 budget process. Motion was made by Trustee Bistodeau and seconded by Trustee Parkes to move the CD at First State Bank of Colorado to CSafe which will mature on July 8. Motion passed without objection. Charles Bogle, president of Custer County Economic Development Corp. spoke to the trustees on creating a plan for broadband in the county. The cost would be $1,570.40 and divided four
ways with each entity paying $392.60 for a five- year plan. Mayor Paul Wenke and Trustee Cole will represent the town of Westcliffe. At least one community meeting will be held in the near future in one of the two municipalities. The check from the Town of Westcliffe will go to the
Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments (UAACOG) as they are the managers. Motion was made by Trustee Parkes and seconded by Trustee Cole to join the five county internet strategic planning with two representatives at a cost of $392.60. Motion passed.
- by Tracy Ballard