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2013 budget approved by trustees

The Berthoud Board of Trustees held the final meeting of 2012 Monday evening and opened a series of public hearings concerning the 2013 budget and municipal fee.

The meeting was moved to Monday evening to assure there would be a sufficient number of trustees present to approve the budget measures which would be brought forward. By state statute next year’s municipal budget must be approved by the town’s elected board by Dec. 15.

Regarding the budget, since they have been looking at sections of the budget at various board meetings over the past six weeks to eight weeks, there were not many questions on the minds of the trustees that had not already been asked and answered. However, Trustee Bauer suggested to Town Clerk Mary Cowdin that she read the expenditures for 2012, which exceeded the funds appropriated into the record.

Cowdin responded, “The first one is water source of supply has an additional appropriation of $100,000 for the bypass pipeline (to the raw water treatment facility), wastewater capital has $275,000 of additional cost related to the plant improvements that we were not anticipating … Drainage fund is $100,000 for Pioneer Park drainage … and an additional $25,000 for the conservation master plan update.”

Four motions followed in quick succession. The first motion was to approve a resolution regarding 2012 expenditures in excess of funds originally appropriated in the 2012 budget. This motion, which is largely a housekeeping measure, was seconded and unanimously approved by voice vote.

The next three motions dealt with the 2013 budget. The first among these was a motion to approve a resolution appropriating money to various funds for the 2013 budget; the next motion was to approve a resolution adopting the 2013 budget; and the third was to approve an ordinance adopting the mill levy for 2013. These three motions were each seconded in turn and unanimously approved by the trustees without comment. No one from the public stood to speak on the budget issues.

Prior to the vote on the mill levy ordinance Cowdin announced the mill levy for 2013 would be 9.717. This includes a mill levy of three which is earmarked for the police department.

Mayor Gregg opened a second public hearing regarding the town’s municipal fee. According to Cowdin town staff recommended the fee for 2013 remain unchanged at $8.02 per month. She stated the municipal fee will generate approximately $223,000 in revenue.

The municipal fee is used for such expenditures as: street lighting, snow and ice removal, dispatch services, repair and maintenance of streets and weed control.

A motion to approve an ordinance establishing the municipal fee at $8.02 for 2013 was made, seconded and approved on a voice vote.

The board approved a motion authorizing the town administrator to sign and send letters to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to terminate grant funding for a proposed Berthoud Area Transportation Service (BATS) bus storage facility.

According to the draft of a letter furnished by town staff the reason for the move was, “The town has determined that the (BATS) program cannot meet some of the ridership requirements (of the grant).”

Town Administrator Hart requested the board approve the expenditure of just over $47,000 for the installation of the centrifuge at the sewage treatment plant. The trustees approved the expenditure unanimously.

The trustees unanimously approved a new five-year contract with Hart.

In other action the board established Jan. 22, 2013, as the date for a public hearing regarding BATS service changes and approved the appointment of Mary Tonsing to the Berthoud Community Library District Board of Trustees, with a term beginning Jan. 1, 2013.


Berthoud swimmers pool with Eagles

The 4A state champion Thompson Valley High School (TVHS) Eagles swim team will once again benefit by a solid core of Berthoud swimmers joining their ranks this season.

The twelve Berthoud swimmers this season include BHS seniors Allie Pfauth, Sara Nienaber, Cate Neitenbach, Alex Liebman; juniors Emma Degnan, Piper Hall, Dani Pickert, Meghan White; sophomores Lauren Mesikapp and Kyla Markell; and freshmen Annika Jessen and Sydney Brickey.

In the Tuesday, Dec. 11 home dual meet at the Dick Hewson Aquatic Center, TVHS took on league rival Broomfield High School, and the TV Eagles dominated the swim lanes, clipping the Broomfield Eagles wings throughout the competition, winning 123 points to 63 points.

Earning state qualifying times at the meet were Allie Pfauth in the 200-yard free (1:59.52) and the 500-yard free (5:21.18). Also earning a state berth was Cate Neitenbach in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:14.55).

In the relay competition, state qualifiers included Cate Neitenbach and Lauren Mesikapp in the 200-yard medley (2:04.10) with teammates from TV team B; Allie Pfauth qualified with TV team A in the 200-yard free relay (1:41.13); and TV relay teams A (including Allie Pfauth, 3:43.05) and B (including Sara Nienaber, Cate Neitenbach and Annika Jessen, 4:04.54) qualified in the 400-yard free relay.

Individual competition included new season personal records (PRs) set by the Berthoud crew, including Annika Jessen (2:12.79) in the 200-yard free; Lauren Mesikapp in the 100-yard fly (1:11.37); Cate Neitenbach and Emma Degnan in the endurance testing 500-yard free (5:52.58 and 5:58.24 respectively); and Degnan in the 200-yard free relay with TV team C (1:52.28).

Other relay team competition held some new PRs for the Eagles. Piper Hall competed in the 200-yard medley relay on team C which earned a time of 2:17.95.

Competing in the JV exhibition, Alex Liebman and Kyla Markell (TV team D) set a new PR in the 200-yard medley relay of 2:26.41 and took first place in their heat. In the 100-yard backstroke Hall earned first with 1:17.77, with Liebman (1:23.80) and Brickey (1:32.40) close behind.

As the season continues, these times will continue to quicken and the returning members of the state championship team will continue to work with teammates as they build their momentum toward the 2013 competition. The eight teams in the Northern league include Broomfield, Centaurus, Greeley Central, Longmont, Mountain View, Niwot, Silver Creek, and Thompson Valley.

The next competition for the Thompson Valley Eagles will be this Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Colorado Coaches Invite at Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.

Photo by Jan Dowker

BHS senior Allie Pfauth readies to dive into the water for the 200-yard freestyle competition, finishing the race with a state qualifying time of 1:59.52.


Police files

Tuesday, Dec. 4

A motor-vehicle accident resulted in the issuance of a summons to a 22-year-old Berthoud resident charging failure to remain at the scene of an accident, failure to notify police of an accident, and following too closely.

A woman reported receiving harassing phone calls and consulted with the police department on how she should handle the calls.

Barking dogs were reported in the 100 block of Navajo Place and at Seventh Street and Franklin Avenue.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Trespassing into a vehicle was reported in the 300 block of E. Michigan Avenue. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle.

A loose chicken was reported in the 900 block of Fourth Street.

A woman reported that her cell phone was lost and the GPS indicated it was in the 400 block of Mountain Avenue. Berthoud police were unable to connect with the GPS to confirm the phones location.

A barking dog was reported in the 100 block of E. Nebraska Avenue.

Three juveniles were reported at Third Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

A black German shepherd was loose in the 800 block of Franklin Avenue. The officer was unable to catch the dog.

A caller reported a chicken hanging out in front of his house in the 900 block of Fourth Street and does not know where it belongs. The Berthoud police have the chicken into protective custody. The officer reported that it was actually a rooster. If anyone is missing a rooster please contact the Berthoud police at 532-2611.

Thursday, Dec. 6

A caller reported a suspicious truck with junk in the back driving slowly down the alley in the 600 block of Fifth Street. The caller was suspicious because an ATV had been stolen in the alley a month before.

Two suspicious vehicles in the 400 block of S. 10th Street were reported.

A REDDI report was issued on a yellow Jeep Wrangler that was tailgating in the 800 block of Mountain Avenue.

Friday, Dec. 7

A traffic stop due to a stop sign violation resulted in the arrest of a 38-year-old Berthoud man due to outstanding arrest warrants charging burglary and theft as well as a warrant for failure to appear on a traffic violation. The man was charged with driving when license is under restraint and possession of a weapon by a previously convicted felon.

A woman reported receiving harassing text messages on her phone on Holmes Place.

A boxer was reported running loose at Eighth Street and Mountain Avenue. Police were unable to locate.

Saturday, Dec. 8

A 34-year-old Berthoud woman was arrested during a traffic stop on an outstanding warrant charging failure to appear on a traffic charge. She was also issued a summons charging driving while license denied and failure to signal as required.

Eggs were reported thrown at a house in the 400 block of S. Eighth Street.

A caller reported vehicles speeding up and down the road in the 800 block of Spartan Avenue.

Monday, Dec. 10

A vehicle parked for several weeks was reported in the 100 block of Bunyan Avenue.

The following persons received citations: Aaron Arrigo, speeding; Steveie Swanger, driving under revocation, no proof of insurance, speeding; Jill Spadafora, speeding; Edward James Osborn, speeding; James D. Gonzalez, speeding; Sheryl Sussbauer, speeding; Gavin McKenzie, speeding; Wayne S. Niebch, speeding; George M. Butt, speeding; Amy Glowniak, speeding; Sarena Hebebrand, speeding; Elizabeth Divittorio, speeding; Stacy Robert Frink, driving under revocation, two warrants out of Logan County; Kent T. Williamson, speeding, failed to stop at stop sign; Catherine Reinert, passed on the right; Ronald Allen Davies, speeding; Nicholas James Long, speeding; Kim Caven Surprise, speeding; Davis King, possession of 2 oz. marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and violating bond.

Ten traffic warnings and two code violations were issued.





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