Trinidad local sculptor

Trinidad local sculptor Thomas Laidig stands with the top piece of his sculpture “Circolith” which is comprised of three pieces of carved rock.

In their regular semi-monthly meeting, the Trinidad City Council approved a resolution which allows the placement of the sculpture “Circolith” on the east corner of Main St. and Santa Fe Trail.

Two years ago, the Trinidad Arts and Culture Advisory Commission purchased the sculpture “Circolith” from local Trinidad Rock Carver Thomas Laidig.

The placement received approval from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) prior to the City Council for its placement on CDOT property said Karen Wolf the City Landscape and Project Coordinator.

The council approved the resolution amending policy regarding allocation and expenditure of the city’s five-percent marijuana tax.

The amendment allocates 65 percent of the sales tax will be used for Trinidad Operations for Projects, Programs and Debt Service.

The city council reserve fund, formerly the city’s “rainy day fund” will receive 30 percent of the tax revenue.

The final five percent will be split between economic development and affordable housing incentives (4 percent) and Trinidad non-profit organizations (1 percent) which will be distributed through the Trinidad Community Foundation (TCF).

The council approved the agreement with TCF on the disbursement of marijuana sales tax funds.

“Right off the bat we would have $17,560 to send over to TCF,” said Finance Director Cheryl Navarette.

The $17,560 accounts for 1 percent of the tax revenue from the second and third quarters. The board tabled the approval of the fourth quarter sales tax distribution until the council’s next meeting on Feb. 16.

The council appointed Jess Cannon to the board of Building Code Appeals. “I just would like to thank everybody for taking the time to consider me as an applicant,” said Cannon.

Councilman Rusty Goodall had some words of support, reminiscing the similar start to his own political career.

“Jess, that is where I started out, on that exact same board myself before I moved on up. So, thank you for stepping up. It is a good place to start in and we hope to see more involvement from you in the community,” said Goodall.

The city approved the Animal Shelter Service Contract and lease agreement with Noah’s Ark at 1921 E. Main St.

“The two provisions that have really been a sticking point are the amount of annual funding to Noah’s ark for services provided to the city with respect to the animal shelter. As well as the amount of the retirement of the financial contribution of Noah’s Ark,” said Attorney Les Downs.

The city agreed to pay Noah’s Ark $32,500 annually for services rendered and $25,000 per year of the contribution would be retired.

Councilwoman Karen Griego said, “This is the best cooperative agreement between a non-profit and the city. It’s a fantastic partnership and I hope it lasts the 99 years.”

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