At Tuesday night’s meeting of Granby’s Board of Trustees, led by Mayor Pro-Tem Deb Shaw, trustees Josh Hardy, Becky Johnson and Nick Raible made short work of the agenda.

Town Manager Aaron Blair presented a bid for repairs at Town Hall, which had been budgeted as a part of the 2019 capital repair plan. The work entails repair of the soffit and roof system, including snowmelt and snow stops. “It should have been fixed a few years ago,” said Blair. He told the trustees the biggest challenge had been in getting bids for the work, since most contractors are so busy. Blair presented a single bid of $15,250 for the work, which could be completed by the end of th year. The amount quoted was less than what had been budgeted for the project. 

Trustee Becky Johnson said, “I think it’s a reasonable bid amount. I make a motion that we accept the bid and he go ahead and get it done.”  The trustees agreed unanimously. Manager Blair told the trustees, “Thank you, we do appreciate it.”

The trustees next reviewed and unanimously approved Resolutions 2019-08-13A, amending the public place for posting and 2019-08-13B, amending the imposed fees for research and retrieval of public records.

Town attorney Nathan Krob explained that, in July, the state passed HB-1087, transitioning local governments from posting physical notices of public meetings in physical locations to posting notices on a website, social media or other official online presence “to the greatest extent practicable”. Town Clerk Deb Hess clarified that the town would still post a physical copy of the meeting notices on the board in front of town hall, but will also post the notice on the town’s website. She added, “ I have about 250 on my (email) distribution list. I am happy to add any more that would like to receive information electronically.” 

Resolution 2019-08-13B amends the fees the town imposes for research and retrieval of public documents. The first hour will remain at no cost, but a second and more hours will now be charged at a rate of $33.58 per hour, the statutory maximum allowed by the state. Clerk Hess told the trustees that she did not receive many requests, “maybe one every few months”. Attorney Krob projected that requests may increase, as “the public wants to become more aware, and that’s their right.” The fees help the town recoup some of the costs associated with the requested research.

The trustees also unanimously approved continuation of the public hearing for Town’s model traffic code. Attorney Krob explained they were waiting for CDOT to update the code and recommended the continuation go another two months to avoid the need for re-noticing. The public hearing was moved to the October 8 regular meeting.

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