On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Trinidad City Council gathered to approve 2020 budget of $46,952,605. Trinidad Mayor Phil Rico went on to explain each line item for public information with general funds of $13,474,659 and capital improvement projects funds of $8,093,271 among others.

Also approved during the regular meeting was an ordinance, which designated the Carnegie Library as an historic landmark. The Carnegie Libraray already has the distinction of being placed on the National Historic Register. The City’s ordinance formally recognizes it locally as an historic landmark.

“This was our first landmark process with the Historic Preservation Commission,” said Trinidad Planning Administrator Georgi Ann Clark. “We recommend to council that they do designate this as a local landmark.”

Mayor Rico read the ordinance stating the library met the criteria for such a designation.

“The city desires to designate, preserve, protect, enhance, and perpetuate historic landmark buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts, which reflect outstanding elements of the city’s culture,” said Rico, “whereas the Carnegie Library, built in 1904, has been altered very little over it’s lifetime.

“The Carnegie meets the criteria for landmark designation. Therefor be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Trinidad has hereby designated landmark status to the Carnegie Library in order to preserve, protect and recognize this significant structure for the benefit of the community now and into the future.”

Several members of council stated how proud they were of the local library after a tour during the library’s recent open house.

“I was in Junior High the last time I had a library card,” Councilmember Anthony Mattie said, “but I signed up for one because I was so moved by how much stuff they can offer that I can do from the comfort of my home provided I have a library card to access the system. I thought with the Internet and all that’s available and such that a library was kind of like a set of encyclopedias, but that’s not the case. This library is very rich in opportunities to assist in acquiring knowledge.”

Councilmember Karen Griego, who serves as liaison for the Carnegie Library, also expressed her feelings about the library.

“I’ve never had a tour and Malory took us around and it was unbelievable,” said Griego. “It was very interesting. The people that work at the library are so dedicated and put in so much time.”

A letter brought before council from the Planning, Zoning, and Variance Commission was also read by Rico. The main content of the letter dealt with concerns of the commission regarding the placement of murals on historic structures within the Corazone de Trinidad Historic District.

“We are aware of a number of boards and commissions who are focused on beautification of the city and the intent of the city to become known as an artistic community for economic development,” the letter said. “We are certainly in support of this effort. Our concern is focused on the protection of the historic nature of the structures within the Corazone de Trinidad Historic District.

“Admitedly there are a number of buildings the Corazone, which would not be diminished by a mural being painted on it,” the letter continued, “but the majority of the buildings within the district would be. Since city funds are being utilized to encourage placement of the murals we believe there should be a system established by city council for a permit process for a proposed mural on specific structures.”

Ed Griego, speaking on behalf of the Trinidad and Las Animas Chamber of Commerce also announced before council that nomination forms are now available for the Chenoweth Awards at the Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street as well as online.

2020 budget approved, concerns brought up about city murals

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