The Full Monte
City of Monte Vista’s Quarterly Newsletter
Volume 4 Issue 4 October 2005
Donald K. Schall, Mayor
Mike Valdez, Mayor Pro Tem
Rose M. Wilson
Don Van Wormer, Manager
Lucille Duran, City Clerk
Jim Gallegos, Police Chief
Public Works Supervisor
Parks & Recreation Director
Kevin Hayner, Picture taken at recent Downtown Sidewalk Sale
Gene Farish, City Attorney Mayor’s Corner
Municipal Judge It’s budget time, and the City Staff has leaks. These are just some of the
been working overtime to prepare a issues facing City Council. This brings
balanced budget. I encourage you to me to the City Council elections.
come to City Hall and review this
City Hall important document when it is It will be your choice (the voters) that
4 Chico Camino available. This process has brought up the decides who will make the tough
Monte Vista, CO 81144 maintenance needed at the Ski Hi Complex. decisions that affect Ski Hi Park and
who will make the many other
As you are all aware, Ski Hi Complex necessary decisions. Your Council
In Case of Emergency: has needed maintenance for several needs good heads to make these tough
Dial 911 years. City Council had a team of decisions. I urge each of you to come to
structural engineering students “Meet the Candidates Night” on
City Hall 852-2692 perform a study of the building and October 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Central
Police 852-5111 had the study verified by a civil Auditorium located on the corner of
engineer. They both agreed that major South Broadway and Second Avenue.
Ski Hi Pool 852-5931 maintenance is needed. This study did Ask tough questions and then vote for
not include the bleachers, the animal the candidate of your choice. Together
pens or the horse barn on the west end, YOU and your City Council can solve the
After Hours Water & or the swimming pool. Periodically, problems and move ahead together.
Sewer Emergency: water leaks onto the basketball court
from the swimming pool, and we can-
852-5111 not determine why or where the pool Your Mayor, Don Schall
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Parks and Recreation News
This time of year, the Parks Department is slowing
down with the parks mowing and maintenance. We
Other P & R News
are cutting back on watering and getting the parks
ready for the winter season. Although we are The Ski Hi Pool will be closing for the season on
slowing down on the parks side, we are gearing up October 1. In the fall and early spring, we will work
for fall programs. Those programs include the following: in conjunction with the Public Works Department on
trimming the trees around the City.
Games begin September 19 and end October 17 Upcoming Youth Sports
Games played on Mondays and Saturdays
3rd and 4th Grade Tackle Football Registration third or fourth week in November
Games begin September 15 and end October 13 Games beginning the first week in January 2006
Games played on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Any questions about upcoming programs and events
5th and 6th Grade Tackle Football contact the Parks and Recreation Department at
Games begin September 24 and end October 26 719-852-2692 or Loren White at 719 580-4881.
Games played on Wednesdays and Saturdays
3rd through 6th Grade Volleyball
Games begin September 26 and end School has Started!
approximately October 24 Drivers use extreme caution for speeding and there is
Games played on Monday and Wednesday evenings now that school has zero tolerance in these
started and students are zones. It is the law that
All football games are played at the Ski Hi Park walking throughout the City. you must stop when
softball fields and all volleyball games are played at approaching a school bus
Ski Hi Park gym. The Parks and Recreation Remember in the school with its lights flashing
Department invites all citizens to come out to zones, fines are doubled and stop sign out.
support the youth in the community.
City’s Web Site
Visit the City’s website at www.cityofmontevista.com or
www.cityofmontevista.net. Listed below is just some of
the information you will find on the web site:
• Game schedules for the Parks and Recreation
Department as well as the sports registration forms.
• City Council minutes and agendas, current as well
as archived. Usually the day before the City Council
meeting, the agenda is posted on the web site.
• Events Calendar
• Job Opportunities
• City Departments
• Community Links
Safety is our objective!
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The City of Monte Vista Election will be held on Tuesday, Rio Grande County has Ballot Question 1A on the November ballot.
November 1, 2005. Such election to be conducted by the Rio “Reinstate the three (3) mills removed in 1996, bringing the
Grande County Clerk. (Polls are open 7:00 am. to 7:00 pm.) total county mill levy allowed to 18.567 mills.”
The last day to register to vote for the Coordinated Election is
The additional revenue is needed for the following: ● Increase de-
Monday, October 3, 2005. mand for paved roads. (570 miles of county maintained roads of
which one-half are paved) ● Increased jail population/jail
The city of Monte Vista ballot content consists of election of overcrowding. (Currently holding inmates in other counties.
Mayor and Councilors as well as County and State issues. Holding costs in 2004 were $60,000.) ● State funding declining,
The Mayor and Councilors terms are for four years. HAVA Requirements (Help America Vote Act—Federal Mandate.
Estimated cost to Rio Grande County $200,000.) ● Additional staffing
Candidates running for Mayor are
needs for various offices (Election staff to handle HAVA, clerk staff
Don Schall for registrar needs, jail and Sheriff, and land use and building
inspection.) ● Surplus depleted by 2007 (2005 budget balances with
Candidates running for Councilor are $773,456 from surplus. Estimated shortfalls in 2006 is $1,432,625
(vote for two) and 2007 is $1,335,480.)
Jose “Art” Medina The cost to the taxpayers will be as follows:
For every $100,000 of actual value, 3 mills will add: ● residential
Ernest A. Martinez $23.88 ● all other $87.00.
Rose Wilson Even with the additional 3 mills, the Rio Grande County’s mill levy
will still be the lowest in the San Luis Valley. For more
Gabriel Duran information , please contact Suzanne Benton at 657-2744.
What is Referenda C & D, “The Colorado Economic Recovery Plan?”
An article published by the Colorado Municipal League, o Repayment of Referendum D bonds for road and bridge
describes Referenda C & D as follows: projects, educational facilities improvements, and firefighter
and police retirement plans.
Referendum C–Retaining State Revenues
• Requires an annual report on how these revenues are spent.
• Allows the state to retain all excess revenue above existing
limits for five years – from July 1, 2005 through Referendum D–Critical Needs Bonding Measure
June 30, 2010. If approved by voters and Referendum C passes, authorizes the
• If Referendum D, the Bonding Measure, is approved, state to bond up to $2.07 billion, depending on market
eliminates the current “ratchet effect” by allowing the state to conditions, with bond proceeds up in the following amounts to
retain a capped amount of additional funds beyond 2010 and be directed to the following purposes:
each year thereafter – basically “rebasing” to the year with • $1.2 billion to repair and replace highways and bridges and
the highest revenues from 2005-2010 and allows for annual accelerate CDOT’s strategic projects.
increases equal to growth plus inflation, plus $100 million • $147 million for K-12 school construction, repair,
per year. maintenance, etc.
• If the Bonding Measure is not approved, eliminates the • $50 million for construction, repair, maintenance, etc., of
current ratchet affect by allowing the state to retain a capped state university, college, and community college facilities.
amount mentioned above, but not the additional $100 million • $175 million to be credited to fire and police members’
per year. retirement fund to pay off the state’s share of unfunded
• Requires excess revenues to be spent only for: liabilities.
o K-12 education: textbooks, libraries, kindergarten, Also allows the state to retain an additional $100 million in
pre-school, and in-classroom instruction. 2011 for debt-service on bonds.
o Health care for elderly, low-income, and disabled
populations; programs to lower health insurance costs for Temporary income tax cut in future years
individuals, and small businesses. Beginning in 2011, grants an income tax cut from 4.63 percent
o Universities, Colleges, and Community Colleges for need to 4.5 percent on a year-by-year basis if Referendum C is
and merit-based financial assistance and the College approved by voters and revenues are sufficient to cover the
Opportunity Fund. anticipated tax reduction.
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CITY OF MONTE VISTA
AND RIO GRANDE COUNTY JOIN FOR
BUILDING PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS
The city of Monte Vista has joined shows dimensions of the property, Building Safety, located at 925
with Rio Grande County in the structures, and distances from the Sixth Street, Room 208 in Del
issuance and inspections required property lines to the structures. A Norte. Randy can be reached at
a s pa rt of t he buil din g pe rmit site plan is not necessary for 719-657-9472. Randy will help with
process. projects like reroofing, remodeling the building permit application
the bathroom, or installing and required inspections. Both the
Residents of Monte Vista need to replacement windows; but when city of Monte Vista and Rio Grande
stop at City Hall and complete a you are adding something new to County have adopted the 2003
zoning application. This application your property like a new home, an International Residential Code,
verifies that the “use” of the property addition to the house, a carport or 2003 International Building Code,
is appropriate, lot size criteria is garage, a shed or a deck, you will and the 2003 International
e v a l u a ted , c o m p l i a n c e w i t h need a site plan. There will be a fee Mechanical Code.
setbacks is determined, coverage associated with this permit. The
requirements are calculated, and fee for permits on new construction Kevin Hayner will continue to work
building height limits are checked. will be higher as these permits on Tuesdays and Thursdays
This process is actually straight require a field check by the City between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm until
forward, simple, and quick; that the setbacks are correct. Thursday, October 27. If you need
especially if you have a site plan assistance, or you would like to
prepared and bring it with you to The approved zoning application make an appointment to meet with Kevin,
City Hall. A good site plan is will be taken to Randy Kern, at the please call City Hall at 719-852-2692
generally to scale on graph paper, Rio Grande County Department of extension 101.
Snow Removal Mosquitoes Tested
When will the City Plow My Street? Negative for
When snow is falling, many streets have been cleared.
citizens may ask, “When will
the City plow my street?” The Second, the City removes
West Nile Virus
City’s priority levels regarding snow from the major traffic
snow removal policy is as follows: volume streets and Beginning the end of year spraying took
selected “Hot Spots” such May and ending in p la ce o n Tue sd ay s
First, the City removes as Sixth Avenue, Prospect September, the city of and Thursdays.
snow from all main Avenue, Second Avenue, Monte Vista sprays
arterials connecting to and North Henderson. once a week for mosquitoes. During mosquito season,
medical clinics, fire stations, the traps collected over
police stations, rescue squad Third, the City removes This year with the heavy 3,600 mosquitoes, and all
units, downtown area, snow from the remaining population of mosquitoes, mo s q u i t o e s tested
state highways, around local streets, such as the City had to increase ne gative fo r We st
schools, and where public residential areas. Please spraying to twice a Nile Virus.
safety is concerned. Please note that if the storm week for much of the
note that in the business amounts to eight or more mosquito s e a s o n . The City’s mosquito
corridor, it is prohibited to inches, these residential Spraying normally spraying program will
push snow onto the street area streets will be plowed takes place o n st art aga in i n M ay
or right-of-way after the to the middle. Thursdays, but this of 2006.
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ENFORCEMENT OFFICER NEWS
Thank you everyone who made Luis Valley. Let us all do our part
Now, on to the vehicles sitting in
their part of Monte Vista a beautiful in keeping Monte Vista beautiful.
your yards that were not removed
city during the summer. Fall is a
or overhauled over the summer. Snow Removal
great time of year in the city of
These vehicles will receive yet Falling snow is quickly approaching.
Monte Vista, but it is not beautiful
another yearend blasting from The City Ordinance regarding snow
if we do not work together cleaning
nature. Next Spring they will be removal reads as follows:
up the dead weeds and falling
uglier and more rusted. Soon your
leaves. Everyone who did not cut, It is the duty of the owner, tenant
“restorable” vehicle will be junk.
pull, trim, or spray their weeds will or occupant of any lot, block or
now have dead weeds! You know parcels of land, or any part thereof,
Beautiful cities do not
what that means – the dead weeds situated within the city to clean the
will now blow away from your alley happen by accident. snow off the sidewalk abutting
fence and your side fence into your thereon within 24 hours after the
So, consider getting your vehicle in
neighbors’ yard or someone else’s fall of the snow. Whoever is
out of the weather or getting it
yard, and the dead weeds inside owning, renting or occupying any
towed or hauled off in order to do
your yard will blow and stick up such premises and fails or neglects
your part in keeping Monte Vista a
against your fence. To keep this to clean the snow off the sidewalk is
scenario from happening, please guilty of a violation of this section.
take a little time and clean up the Beautiful cities do not happen by
weeds from your fence lines, yards, accident. It takes hard work by
The fall also brings falling leaves.
citizens willing to put in some time
and effort to make their part of the Reminders
City beautiful. Please do your part.
Please keep the sidewalks and the he city of Monte Vista offers
medians clean. This will help Auto Pay for city utility bills.
Fall is a beautiful time of year in
prevent you and your neighbors Auto Pay automatically pays your
the city of Monte Vista and the San
from slipping and falling. City utility bill directly from your
bank account. For more details
Curfew Violations call (719) 852-5926 and ask for
extension 105 or 110.
For your convenience, a Drive
Sec. 11-216 Curfew for Minors Thru payment box is located on
the north side of City Hall for
It is unlawful for any parent, guardian, or other person having legal care or check payments only.
custody of any minor who has not reached his 18th birthday to allow or permit
such minor to loiter or wander upon any streets or alleys, highways, roads, or Loitering of Minors
other public grounds, public places or public buildings, vacant lots or other
unsupervised places, or to operate any motor vehicle in such a manner as to
It is unlawful for any minor who has
disturb the peace and quiet of any neighborhood within the city, or to loiter or
not reached his 18th birthday to loiter
wander in any establishment open to the public generally after the hour of
or wander upon any street or alley,
10:30 pm on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, or after
highways, roads, or other public
the hour of 11:30 pm on any Friday or Saturday, or before the hour of 5:00 am
grounds, public places, public buildings,
on any day, except:
vacant lots or other unsupervised
places, or to operate any motor vehicle
1. When accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other person having in such a manner as to disturb the
legal care or custody of the minor peace and quiet of any neighborhood
within the city, or to loiter or wander
2. For lawful employment in any establishment open to the
public generally after the hour of
10:30 pm on any Sunday, Monday,
3. When the minor is in the custody of and accompanied by a person who
Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, or
has reached his 18th birthday and who has in his possession the writ-
after the hour of 11:30 pm on any
ten consent of the parent, guardian, or other person
Friday or Saturday or before the hour
having legal care and custody of the minor
of 5:00 am on any day.
CITY OF MONTE VISTA PRESORTED STANDARD
4 CHICO CAMINO US POSTAGE PAID
MONTE VISTA, CO 81144 MONTE VISTA, COLORADO
Harvest Festival & Chili Cook-off
October 29, 2005
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Chili Cook-off cooks start making magic at 10:00 am
Games for young and old
Texas Hold Em • Potato Gun Shoot Out • Largest Potato grown in the San
Luis Valley • Tug of War over the mashed potato pit • Potato Peeling • Potato
Beauty Pageant • Mashed Potato Wrestling and more.
Call the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce (852-2731) if you have any
questions, want to enter any contest, or have a booth.