Coffee with a cop
The monthly Coffee With a Cop Citizen’s Meeting was held Thursday, November 18, at 2 p.m. in the Crossroads Café. Jim Anderson opened the meeting by asking for a moment of silence in memory of Mark Chaffee who passed away the previous Tuesday evening. Chaffee had been a stalwart member of the Berthoud community and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Thanks Mark.
Anderson reported the annual Snowfest will be held Dec. 6 thru Dec. 11. The Parade of Lights will also be held the evening of Dec.11.
According to a press release from CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation) which Anderson quoted, the overpass (Interstate 25 over Highway 56) will be done by Thanksgiving Day and additionally, the next phase (Highway 56 under I-25) will be finished by January 1. Anderson’s response was a broad smile and a “We’ll see.”
Anderson noted that Berthoud has entered an animal control partnership with Windsor and Timnath for the temporary housing of animals. Timnath and Windsor have facilities in place along with trained staff to handle animals, mainly dogs, and Berthoud has none. He stated a concern that the town’s Code Enforcement Officer, who is currently handling animal control issues, could get injured.
Anderson reported that so far this year in the U.S. there have been 100,000 deaths due to illegal drug overdose. He went on to state that the Berthoud Police now carry a medication Narcan which may be used to reverse the effects of opiate-induced respiratory depression (Opioid overdose). The Berthoud Police carry Narcan as much for their own protection as much as for overdose concerns of individuals they encounter.
Fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid derivative, has been found in town.
Following A brief discussion centered on illegal drugs, Anderson turned the meeting over to Fire Chief Steve Charles. In his remarks, Charles mentioned the crash of an aerial tanker being used to transport fire retardant/water to the site of a fire in a rugged country west of Cater Lake. Unfortunately, the pilot of the single-engine aircraft was killed in the crash. Charles stated the cause of the crash will need to wait for an investigation by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) to be completed.
Charles brought up the “Toys for Tots” program and reported that small boots were placed at businesses in Berthoud to act as receptacles for money to be donated to the program.
Miranda, chief cook at the Crossroads Café announced she would be serving turkey dinners at the café from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. These dinners are free to the public – donations are always accepted.
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