During the public comment section of the Trinidad City Council’s regular meeting this past Tuesday, July 7, recently resigned councilmember Anthony Mattie said it had been brought to his attention that there had been a movement afoot to rename Fisher’s Peak State Park to Raton Mesa.
“I just felt obligated to vehemently voice my opinion and opposition of that idea,” said Mattie. “Why would we want to name a Colorado State Park after a city in New Mexico? It makes no sense at all to me.”
Mayor Phil Rico expressed that his opinion was the same as the rest of City Council as well as many residents of not only the City of Trinidad but of the county from what he had heard.
“You are not alone,” said Rico.
The mayor also read several letters submitted to council, one of which was from The Partners for a Drug Free Community (Partners). In the letter from Partners, they requested that council opt out of enacting the marijuana hospitality establishment ordinance (HB 19-1230). Should the city opt into the bill, voted and passed by Colorado voters, it would authorize the creation of local licensees to allow adults to consume cannabis in designated public spaces that could include cafes, restaurants, clubs, establishments, tasting rooms, and hotels.
Also in the letter, the group stated their mission was to experience a “healthier community through education, intervention, and advocacy, and providing the opportunities to develop physical, social, emotional, and civic maturity.”
The letter goes on to read, “our vision as Partners for a Drug Free Community envisions a healthy community that encourages substance free living.”
Partners expressed they were concerned about the risks that allowing such establishments pose to increased incidence of drugged driving and claimed that it would increase the burden on an already taxed law enforcement. The letter also claimed that CBD was “not benign and can cause lethargy and sedation.”
Councilmembers also moved to appoint Hillary DePalo to the Space to Create Commons Oversight Board and set a public hearing for a liquor license application filed by BJ&Y Restaurant at 900 West Adams Street for August 18 at 6 p.m.
Before Anthony Mattie resigned as Trinidad Councilmember, he had served as a liaison to the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee and with his resignation, council appointed Eli DeBono, who was selected to finish Mattie’s term, as the new liaison for the committee.
During miscellaneous business, council considered bid results for phase one a curb cut and sidewalk project for $45,841. ADA Coordinator Tom Beech said this was a rather unusual bid adding that the approximate value of the project was around $400,000 according to engineering estimates.
“We have lineal square foot pricing for several different items and we’re going to work off of that,” said Beach. “Each intersection and curb cut will be decided by an engineering department and the contractors and then we will pay off of that. This is a little bit confusing, I understand.”
Beach went on to explain this would be the first of eight projects of this type and they would have four years to get them done.
“Once we get the first one and perhaps the second one under our belts, we’ll have a lot better idea how to go forward with the remainder,” said Beach. “And there’s a substantial amount of work to do here.”
Councilmember Rusty Goodall said he was comfortable with Baca Construction doing the work laid out in the bid.
“It’s nice that we have a local contractor that has put in for the bid on this,” said Goodall.
With all voting in favor of Baca Construction being granted the bid, Rico added that he wanted to let the public know that this was all part of bringing the city into ADA compliance and that the city was in fact moving forward with these efforts.
During council reports, Goodall expressed a desire to discuss the potential possibility of getting back into the council chambers at City Hall to conduct their regular meetings at an upcoming work session.