Granby begins search for new town manager in earnest |

Granby begins search for new town manager in earnest

The Granby Town Board is officially starting its search for a new town manager.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, members communicated by speaker phone with Dr. Fred Rainguet of Rainguet and Associates LLC, of Palisade, a recruitment consultant who aided the town during its last search for a town manager and for Police Chief Bill Housley.

It was decided that the final decision of who should be hired to replace former town manager David Huseman’s position should be left up to the new town board after the April elections, upon the suggestion of Trustee Robin Trainor.

Advertisements for a new manager should begin to run February through March, then a selection process will take place to narrow the candidates to the top six picks by the time of the elections, the town decided.

In the immediate future, the town board will be supplying Rainguet with an updated list of the town’s qualifications and expectations for its future manager.

The town also suggested a personality profile be added to the interview process.

Library turns to town for challenge grant pledge

Mary Anne Hanson-Wilcox, executive director of the Grand County Library District, asked the town to pledge $250,000 over the next five years, at $50,000 a year, to help the Mountain Libraries Capital Campaign meet its fundraising goals.

The Gates Family Foundation of Denver has put up $200,000 and the Boettcher Foundation has put up $50,000 in challenge grants to help the library get closer to its intermediate goal of $2.4 million for both the Juniper Library in Grand Lake and the Granby Library. It cost more than $6.2 million to build both libraries.

To date, the campaign has raised $2.06 million, but remains $330,000 short of funds needed by March 1 ” or the challenge grant could expire. The foundations already extended the grants from last year to this year.

With the understanding that both the towns of Fraser and Winter Park accomplished a 10-year pledge while the Fraser Valley Library was being built, Hanson-Wilcox and other library supporters are hoping the town of Granby is willing to do the same with a five-year pledge.

“We’re asking that the money come from the downtown enhancement fund in the budget,” said Granby citizen Patrick Brower, who spoke on behalf of the library at Tuesday’s meeting.

Downtown enhancement fund money represents proceeds from bond sales from the developments Granby Ranch and Grand Elk. Bond sales are expected to generate $9 million for the town over the next 15 to 20 years.

The town board opted to postpone its decision in order to give the request further consideration. The board agreed to grant the library a decision prior to the district’s March 1 deadline.

Planters to be purchased locally

The town of Granby agreed to spend $14,490 on decorative planters to help spruce up the downtown, purchased from one of its local businesses, Country Ace Hardware in Granby. The planters chosen by the Granby Design Committee are 3-foot by 3-foot, and will be antique gray in color. Annuals and perennials will fill the planters, which will be placed on the sidewalks on either side of Agate Avenue, from roughly Wrangler Tire to Maverick’s Restaurant.

On the sidewalk snow-removal front, Granby attorney Scott Krob informed board members that the town would not “take on any more liability than it otherwise has” if the Street Department removes snow to create an initial path on sidewalks after a storm. Store owners still would be required to clear sidewalks thoroughly in front of their businesses.

No decision was made on whether the town would start helping to clear downtown sidewalks, but board members discussed the need for the town to lead by example.

Most areas of town reflect a job well done by the Street Department, according to Trustee Joe Cross, but a few town areas were pointed out as still needing attention.

“We have a lot of properties in town,” said Trustee Ken Coatney. “We need to make sure we’re doing our job first before we start pointing fingers.”

Vail Ditch shares

After an executive session, town trustees advised the town attorney to use up to $165,000 of the town’s funds to buy Vail Ditch shares. Vail Ditch water originates from the Meadow Creek Reservoir above the Fraser Valley and has served agricultural endeavors until today. The sale is set to close Feb. 8, when each of six separate entities will pay about $133,333 apiece for 85.5 shares put on sale by a private owner.

The partners are Grand County, The Colorado River Water Conservation District, the towns of Granby and Winter Park, Grand County Water and Sanitation District No. 1 and the Winter Park Water and Sanitation District. The total cost of the shares is $2.3 million; the other $1.5 million is covered through a state grant administered through the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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