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Fredonia Medical Center gives six-month notice
The Fredonia Town Council meeting on January 11, began with public comment from council member Jennifer Lukus. Lukus had recently been approached by a concerned resident regarding the water project. The resident’s concern was that older homes, that did not have code compliant water heaters, would be negatively affected by the double-check valves being installed with the new water meters. The valves are required, and most homes in Fredonia already have them.
However, some of the older homes will need to bring their water heaters up to code with expansion tanks to avoid possible line breakage.
Russ Funk of Sunrise Engineering stated he would forward a letter to the town to be distributed to residents in the February bills explaining the situation.
The town council moved into executive session to discuss utility easements on North Hwy 89A. After a lengthy discussion, they reconvened in regular session, and Mayor Scott Heaton made the motion approving legal counsel to move forward with possible condemnation and cost appraisal if parties are unwilling or unable to come to an agreement.
Liz Latham of Canyonland approached the council regarding the Fredonia Medical Center. Canyonland entered into a lease agreement approximately 10 years ago, which stated they would pay their own utilities. Recently, the town office discovered Canyonland had never been billed for these services and therefore, was in arrears for a substantial amount of money.
According to Latham, the Fredonia clinic actually loses money and if required to pay the back utilities, would be forced to leave. Even though the lease and the minutes of the council meetings indicate the agreement was for them to pay the utilities, Latham suggested former Mayor Joy Jordan had entered into a “gentleman’s” agreement that they would not have to.
Latham had two requests of the council. One, they allow the attorneys to work out a settlement regarding the past due bills; and two, the clinic be allowed to remain for a final six months, beginning February 1, in order to transition staff and take care of other logistics.
After a brief executive session to consult with the town attorney, the council agreed to these requests, allowing the attorneys 30 days to negotiate. If unable to come to an agreement, a suit will be filed by the town, according to the terms discussed within the session.
John Barlow addressed the council regarding the pending purchase of two new garbage trucks. In order to get the 4.25% financing, both Colorado City and Fredonia need to sign off as guarantors. The council agreed to the 24% guarantee for the trucks.
Elwilda Lee approached the council next. The Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended a denial of her conditional use permit allowing a fifth wheel on one of her lots. Lee stated there had been travel trailers on the lot previously, and questioned why the recommendation was for a denial.
Cody Judd, the council member who sits on the Planning and Zoning Commission, stated they had denied some others in the past, and they felt there was room in designated areas for fifth wheel trailers.
Town Manager Dan Watson explained that Planning and Zoning had approved several others and the council had passed that if a trailer meets mobile home standards, including being less than 15 years old, it may be granted a one year conditional use permit. With this information, the council agreed to allow Lee to place a fifth wheel trailer on her property for one year.
Next on the agenda was the impact fee/purchase fee time limit. The council agreed to require any water or sewer hookups to be installed within six months of purchase. If not completed within the allotted time, additional fees may be incurred.