Town of Pagosa Springs – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Fri, 03 Apr 2020 02:13:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Town council election not affected by COVID-19 Some amenities closed http://www.pagosasun.com/town-council-election-not-affected-by-covid-19-some-amenities-closed/ Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:00:24 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200518 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic affecting a variety of things locally and nationally, town residents will still be able to drop off their ballots for the upcoming April 7 Pagosa Springs Town Council election.
In a phone interview on March 30, Town Manager Andrea Phillips explained that voters can still mail their ballots in or drop their ballots off outside Town Hall, located at 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
“I think the stay-at-home order still permits people to go out and about and do those necessary activities like dropping off ballots,” Phillips said. “We’re still accepting them here and hoping people will continue to vote.”
Ballots should be mailed to P.O. Box 1859, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147, Phillips explained.
Town Clerk April Hessman noted in an email on March 30 that ballots have to be turned into the outside drop box by 7 p.m by April 7 or in the mail for delivery by April 7 to be counted.
“Voters need to be aware of the time it takes the postal service to deliver the mail to our box,” she wrote.
Rory Burnett, Julian Caler, Mat deGraaf, Bill Hudson and Shari Pierce are the candidates vying for three of the town council seats.
All three seats are for a four-year term on the council and have a two-term limit.
Those seats are currently held by David Schanzenbaker, Tracy Bunning and Mat deGraaf.
Town amenities closed
In response to Gov. Jared Polis issuing a statewide stay-at-home order, the town has closed the skate park at Yamaguchi Park as well as playground equipment at all town parks, Phillips explained.
Phillips noted that town park bathrooms have been closed for a couple of weeks now, but portable toilets are available in some locations.
“The parks themselves and all the trails are open. Res Hill is still open,” she said.

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Town approves emergency economic relief policies http://www.pagosasun.com/town-approves-emergency-economic-relief-policies-2/ Fri, 03 Apr 2020 02:13:01 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200710 At special meetings Thursday evening, the Pagosa Springs Town Council and Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District (PSSGID) approved a number of items aimed at helping local individuals and businesses who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.

Among them were emergency economic relief policies that provide certain fee and payment deferrals and waivers.

For more information on actions taken by the town council and PSSGID board, see next week’s issue of The SUN.

Resolution 2020-09, an emergency economic relief policy approved unanimously by the town council, provides for:

• Business licenses (new and annual renewals): deferred collection of fee for 90 days with no late fees or penalties

• Plan review fees: waiver of fees

• Development application fees: waiver of fees

• Building permit fees: deferred collection of fees (50 percent of fee due at building permit application and remaining 50 percent due at time of issuance of Certificate of Occupancy)

• Geothermal heating utility payments: deferred collection of monthly utility payments for 90 days with no late fees or penalties starting with February payment due in March (deferred for February, March, April).

• Lodging tax collections (town only): deferred collection of monthly lodging tax payments for 90 days with no late fees or penalties starting with March payment due in April (deferred for March, April, and May).

Resolution 2020-03, the economic relief policy approved unanimously by the PSSGID, provides for deferred sanitation utility payments for 90 days with no late fees or penalties starting with the February payment due in March. This is only for accounts that were in good standing as of the effective date of the resolution.

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Town moving forward with judge appointment http://www.pagosasun.com/town-moving-forward-with-judge-appointment/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200557 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
At its meeting on April 8, which will be held remotely, the Pagosa Springs Town Council is anticipated to consider an agreement with Justin Fay to serve as the municipal court judge.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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Town approves agreement for new electric vehicle charging station http://www.pagosasun.com/town-approves-agreement-for-new-electric-vehicle-charging-station/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:40 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200532 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
At its meeting on March 19, the Pagosa Springs Town Council took the next steps toward putting another, faster electric vehicle charging station at Centennial Park.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-216/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200548 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, April 2
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Southwestern Water Conservation District regular board meeting. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango.
Friday, April 3
Southwestern Water Conservation District annual water seminar. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 841 E. Second Ave., Durango. Update regarding COVID-19.
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Saturday, April 4
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors strategic planning facilitation. 9 a.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, April 8
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m. Join Zoom meeting at https://zoom.us/j/649077192. Meeting ID: 649 077.
Thursday, April 9
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, April 13
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 4 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 14
Archuleta School District Board of Education elementary school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs Elementary School, 141 S. 10th St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta School District Board of Education regular meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-215/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:00:07 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200144 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, March 26
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Friday, March 27
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Saturday, March 28
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors strategic planning facilitation. 9 a.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, March 31
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 4:30 p.m. work session, 5:30 p.m. meeting. See town website for participation information.
Wednesday, April 1
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 4:30 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Thursday, April 2
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Southwestern Water Conservation District regular board meeting. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango.
Friday, April 3
Southwestern Water Conservation District annual water seminar. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 841 E. Second Ave., Durango. Update regarding COVID-19.
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Saturday, April 4
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors strategic planning facilitation. 9 a.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Town considers remote meetings, declares local emergency http://www.pagosasun.com/town-considers-remote-meetings-declares-local-emergency/ Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199731 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
In an effort to provide for public health and safety, the Town of Pagosa Springs issued a declaration of local emergency Monday afternoon.
“This follows similar declarations by the President, the Governor of Colorado, San Juan Basin Public Health (which covers La Plata and Archuleta Counties) and Archuleta County. La Plata County and the City of Durango have also issued declarations. This document allows for the Town to receive outside state and federal resources if needed, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor has authority to issue these per the Town Charter, which expire in 7 days unless extended by the Town Council. This will be on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. Mayor Volger would like us to proceed as a Town with ‘reasonable and prudent’ decision-making, and he feels that this is in line with that path,” a Monday email from Town Manager Andrea Phillips to the Pagosa Springs Town Council states.
The town council is slated to meet at 5 p.m. this evening, Thursday, for its regular meeting. The town is encouraging the public to view and or participate in the meeting remotely. Join the Zoom meeting by computer
at https://zoom.us/j/510229935,
meeting ID: 510 229 935. Or, dial
(669) 900-683, meeting ID: 510 229 935. Please remember to mute your computer or phone until it is time to speak.
“It should be noted that although there are no confirmed cases as of today in our county, the goal is to limit community spread and ‘flatten the (epidemiological) curve’ of the coronavirus due to limited local health resources,” Phillips’ Monday email states.
In addition to the consideration of extending the declaration, the council will also consider a resolution that, if approved, will allow for remote participation in meetings in times of emergency.
The resolution would apply to the town council, Pagosa Springs Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Board, as well as other advisory committees, and would allow for meeting attendance via phone or other electronic means according to specific terms and conditions.
Those terms and conditions, as listed in an attachment of the draft document, are as follows:
“In any disaster emergency resulting from a contagious disease, or in the event the Governor of Colorado has issued a statewide declaration of emergency because of contagious disease, the following shall apply:
“1) Members of the Town Council may participate remotely in a council meeting or study session through telephonic or other remote means, provided that such means allow for the public to hear the council member and for the council member to hear both members of the public recognized to speak and other members of the council.
“2) Members of boards or commissions may participate remotely at meetings through telephonic or other remote means provided that such means allow for the public to hear the board or commission member and for the board or commission member to hear both members of the public recognized to speak and other members of the board or commission.
“3) The Town Council, Town Manager, boards and commissions may exclude or limit the public from personal attendance at meetings provided that the meeting is available to the public either by telephone, over the internet or on television and the council, board or commission provides a means for public participation.
“4) The Town Manager may cancel any Town Council, Town committee, board or commission meeting and any meeting by another such body prior to commencement of such meeting to preserve the public health, safety and welfare.
“5) Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary or any procedural rules, the Town Council, Town manager, boards and commissions may continue consideration of any item on the published agenda of a Town Council, Town committee, board or commission meeting. Continued agenda items that are concept plans or quasi-judicial in nature shall be rescheduled to a time when the Town Council or Town Manager finds that the Town body and all interested parties will have adequate opportunity to participate in the consideration of the item. Any call-up consideration that would require an affirmative action of a Town body and that was continued under the provisions of this section shall be tolled from the date of continuance to the date when the Town body considers the call-up.
“6) The Town Manager may waive, alter, reschedule any time requirement, deadline, procedure, scheduled hearing, or other event required for a contract, license or permit from the Town.”
If approved, the instructions on how to participate would be available at the top of each meeting’s agenda. Agendas are available at https://pagosasprings.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingTypeList.aspx.
Other prevention
measures
In addition to considerations for remote meeting participation, the town has taken other steps in light of the COVID-19 risk, with those steps slated to be re-evaluated in a few weeks.
Those measures include, as Phillips outlined:
• Public access has been temporarily suspended for groups and activities at town facilities, including the Ross Aragon Community Center.
• The Pagosa Springs Senior Center is closed to congregate meals, games and classes. Drive-up meals and Meals on Wheels delivery will continue.
• Town staff is reducing in-person meetings and encouraging business to be conducted via methods such as conference calls, video conferencing and email.
• Town facilities are being sanitized as much as possible, including surfaces, doorknobs, railings and more, and encouraging good hygiene practices (such as staying home when sick, practicing social distancing and hand washing).
• Offering links to sources such as San Juan Basin Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on its website, www.pagosasprings.co.gov.
• Having Phillips and Police Chief Bill Rockensock be a part of the consortium of government and health entities having conference calls several times a week to monitor the situation and discuss response and preparedness.
The town is also continuing to offer online options for licensing permits and payments:
• Payments by check can be mailed or placed in the night drop box.
• Payments by credit card can be made online at Xpress Bill Pay or by calling 264-4151, ext. 238.
• Payments for court, traffic, or parking can be made by calling 264-4151, ext. 248 or 250.
• Business licensing, contracting licensing, and permits can be accomplished online through the CitizenServe portal.

 

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-214/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:00:39 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199747 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, March 19
Zoom conference call with San Juan Basin Public Health regarding business supports and communication efforts relating to COVID-19. 2 p.m., see https://zoom.us/j/3266817136.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting by computer
https://zoom.us/j/510229935,
meeting ID: 510 229 935. Or, dial
(669) 900-683, meeting ID: 510 229 935. Please remember to mute your computer or phone until it is time to speak.
Tuesday, March 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 4:30 p.m. work session, 5:30 p.m. regular meeting. See town website for participation information.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 25
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Thursday, March 26
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Friday, March 27
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Saturday, March 28
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors strategic planning facilitation. 9 a.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Wednesday, April 1
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 4:30 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Thursday, April 2
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Southwestern Water Conservation District regular board meeting. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango.
Friday, April 3
Southwestern Water Conservation District annual water seminar. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 841 E. Second Ave., Durango. Update regarding COVID-19.
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Saturday, April 4
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors strategic planning facilitation. 9 a.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, April 8
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Town issues declaration of local emergency http://www.pagosasun.com/town-issues-declaration-of-local-emergency/ Mon, 16 Mar 2020 22:07:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199491 In an effort to provide for public health and safety, the Town of Pagosa Springs has issued a declaration of local emergency.

“This follows similar declarations by the President, the Governor of Colorado, San Juan Basin Public Health (which covers La Plata and Archuleta Counties) and Archuleta County. La Plata County and the City of Durango have also issued declarations. This document allows for the Town to receive outside state and federal resources if needed, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor has authority to issue these per the Town Charter, which expire in 7 days unless extended by the Town Council. This will be on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. Mayor Volger would like us to proceed as a Town with ‘reasonable and prudent’ decision-making, and he feels that this is in line with that path,” an email from Town Manager Andrea Phillips to the Pagosa Springs Town Council states.

The town council is slated to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday for its regular meeting, with Phillips explaining the room would be set up in a manner to align with social distancing.

“It should be noted that although there are no confirmed cases as of today in our county, the goal is to limit community spread and ‘flatten the (epidemiological) curve’ of the coronavirus due to limited local health resources,” Phillips’ email states.

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Town temporarily suspends public access for groups and activities at facilities, Senior Center closed for congregate meals, games, classes http://www.pagosasun.com/town-temporarily-suspends-public-access-for-groups-and-activities-at-facilities-senior-center-closed-for-congregate-meals-games-classes/ Fri, 13 Mar 2020 21:33:39 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199309 The following update is provided by Pagosa Springs Town Manager Andrea Phillips:

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Town will be temporarily suspending public access for groups and activities at Town facilities beginning on Monday March 16.  These protective measures are recommended by public health officials in order to mitigate the potential impacts of the Coronavirus. Please inform outside groups that are scheduled to use town facilities for meetings, classes or other programs that they will be suspended starting Monday.  We will reevaluate the use of public buildings for the week of April 6.  During this time, access to town buildings will be limited to employees and escorted visitors.

For now, the Senior Center is closed for congregate meals and games/classes and are only providing drive up meals or Meals on Wheels delivery. The Community Center will be temporarily closing the fitness center and all exercise programs and recreation sports, as well as room rentals, are cancelled.

Please encourage people to call the Town for assistance or visit us online rather than visiting our facilities.

Additionally, please try to reduce the community spread of Coronavirus by reducing in-person meetings where possible (e.g. use Zoom or our telephone conference line). For now, the Town Council meeting is scheduled for March 19. We will be getting the packet out on Monday. We may hold this meeting remotely, if possible.

 

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