Trustees tackle goal-setting at retreat

By Rudy Hemmann

The Surveyor

The Berthoud Board of Trustees took on the task of goal-setting during a two-part session which began the evening of Thursday, July 11, and wrapped up the morning of Friday, July 12. Joining the trustees was the Town Administrator Chris Kirk.

During the evening get-together the facilitator for the event, Gregg Piburn of Leader’s Edge Consulting, led the trustees through a series of activities geared to setting the stage for the heavy lifting to be accomplished Friday morning; the setting of goals for approximately the next nine months.

Piburn warned the trustees to not set too many goals. He cited facts which showed organizations that set too many goals set themselves up for failure and the likelihood none of their goals will be accomplished. He suggested three to five goals was a much more realistic number to work with in order to guarantee success for most or all of the goals they set.

Goals established are:

Land use and development – Update the land use map

Open space priorities – Identify areas that are not suitable for open space

Increase capacity – Explore ways to ensure projects do not get bogged down at town hall

Connect the community – Use fun events to bring citizens from disparate parts of the town together.

Special meeting

A special meeting of the town board was held the evening of Monday, July 15, 2019, to rescind Ordinance 1270 which had been passed by the board at the regular meeting of June 26, 2019.

According to documents furnished by the town clerk, Ordinance 1270 was passed with the “provision for an immediate effective date, but failed to comply with statutory requirements for an ordinance intended to take effect immediately, in that it did not list reasons for immediate harm to the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the town …” nor did it observe the state statute which disallows rate change ordinances for water to take effect immediately. Such rate changes must give 30 days’ notice.   

Following a few questions for clarification by Greg Bell, town attorney, a motion enacting a “resolution of the (Berthoud) Town Board rescinding approval of Ordinance 1270” was made, seconded and passed unanimously.

This action was closely followed by a motion to adopt “Ordinance 1272, an ordinance concerning water rights dedication requirements and adopting new water rights dedication requirements.” This motion was also seconded and passed unanimously.

The evenings business having been accomplished, the meeting was adjourned.

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