Granby moves to hire an additional police officer
March 26, 2008
The Town of Granby gave its initial approval to hire another police officer.Granby Town Board unanimously authorized Chief Bill Housley to look into hiring a sixth officer come June. Hiring an extra officer would help accomplish administrative goals, according to Housley, as well as additional training, assistance in drafting town ordinances, grant writing, leadership development, inter-agency aid, investigative follow-up, better coverage of the town and interaction with businesses and traffic enforcement.The salary for another officer was not budgeted for 2008, although Mayor Ted Wang said there are available funds in the town’s reserve.From June through the end of the year, hiring an officer would cost the town an estimated $36,357 to $46,094, Housley said. The department has a small pool of applications from former hires, but Housley said he would open up recruitment to see who we draw.Wang said the department has been working with a minimal force and is in need of another officer.In related business, Trustee Kirk Arnold posed to the board the need for contracts upon officer hires due to the limited staying power in Granby some former officers have demonstrated. Three previous officers have stayed on the squad for less than a year. After investments in hiring and training, that costs the town, Arnold said. Other board members, such as Charlie LaBrake and Wang questioned the reasoning behind making someone stay in the area if they either can’t afford to live here, as some former officers had indicated, or the job didn’t work out. But Chief Housley was not altogether opposed to the idea. It is attractive to having someone sign on the dotted line and say they’re going to be here awhile, he said.Local landscapers granted bidGranby board members awarded the business M.B Landscaping, owned by Bob and Melissa Johnson of Granby, the bid to execute downtown landscape enhancements.A total of four landscape companies participated in the bidding process.The bid awarded for sprucing up various areas of the downtown was for $56,332, plus cost for areas such as the site near R&J Liquor, the replanting of a tree west of Mad Munchies, site irrigation and a contingency fund for replacing unhealthy trees and patching or repairing asphalt. In total, landscaping costs would amount to $95,482, the design committee informed trustees. Since the town board approved an estimated cost of $119,621, at least $24,000 would be left over, which the town committee earmarked for design and construction of a fence at the event center. In the mood for a modularEast Grand School District Superintendent Robb Rankin approached the Granby Town Board with an offer they couldn’t refuse. But they didn’t quite accept it, either.Rankin asked the town if they were in the market for a large modular building, formerly the temporary town library and the location of early education classes. The district won’t need it anymore, he said.The town determined that it does have a need for such a building at Raffety Park adjacent to the soccer complex for bathrooms and locker areas. The price was right for the modular, $1, but the cost of moving was the consideration. The school district had purchased the building for $48,000.Rankin said in pricing moving costs, he found them to be anywhere from $13,000 to $15,000. The town board was open to purchasing the modular to supply the recreation park with a facility, at least until a permanent one is built. But in the end, board members opted to inspect it before making a final decision. That decision is likely to be made during the next board meeting. Safe BuiltA discussion about hiring the company Safe Built to conduct town inspections and other planning duties was stifled temporarily by the notion that the company’s insurance may not have been presented as adequate. Trustee Kirk Arnold, owner of a local insurance agency, raised reservations about the company’s insurance and requested the board enter into executive session to discuss it further.Outside executive session, the town approved the contract with Safe Built to perform building inspection services for the town, subject to the town attorneys sign-off on insurance-indemnification issues. If a resolution is quickly reached, services for Granby could begin 60 days after the documents are signed, according to Mayor Wang. In other business: Mayor Wang announced that hiring a town planner is in limbo. We’ll see how Safe Built shakes out, the mayor said. We’ll see what our needs are after that, then fine-tune the job description. The town board decided to waive up to $10,000 in initial land planning fees and costs for the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District as it approaches its land-planning review process for the new medical campus in Granby. It was announced that vertical construction of the campus should begin in about one year. A trial ordinance allowing the issuance of building permits prior to preliminary acceptance of all public improvements, if adequate fire and safety measures, emergency accesses and insurance liability is proved, has been extended for another six months. The ordinance, which until December 2007 forgave the preliminary acceptance requirement for building permits, was given an extension as the town board studies if and how such a change could be implemented permanently. Developers and builders are for this adjustment, since preliminary acceptance of public improvements can substantially slow progress. After an executive session, the town approved a payment plan for Grand Elks outstanding bills concerning staff review costs associated with the Grand Elk development.