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The Town of Crawford is pleased with the response to its annual letter requesting removal of noxious weeds. At the Aug. 5 trustees meeting, public works director Bruce Bair followed up on the letters, sent in June, asking residents whose properties had signs of weed problems to remove them. This year, said Bair, his department didn't have to cut anyone's weeds. "That was pretty awesome," said Bair, adding thanks to everyone who complied with the letter.

The town continues to be vigilant where weeds are concerned, said Bair. "We're doing the best that we can."

One weed, however, continues to be a problem. Patches of western whorled milkweed, also referred to as "poisonous milkweed" for its ability to kill livestock, are still growing within town limits, according to trustee Larry Kontour. They are identified by long, slender leaves and white flowers, which quickly turn to seed pods. "It's all over town," said Kontour, noting that the weed is growing in Crawford Cemetery and, in some cases, replacing lawns.

Colorado State University Extension describes milkweed as "poisonous to some degree to all classes of livestock," including poultry.

Trustees also voted to approve rental rates for the newly-renovated Town Hall. Fees were approved as follows:

Small classroom - $30

Community room - $100

Historical classroom - $30

Commercial kitchen -$100

Damage deposit - $250

Internet usage - $5

Town Park/stage - no charge for use; electrical hookup - $25

Deposit for off-site use of tables/chairs - $50

Parties wishing to rent space will need to fill out a rental contract, available at Town Hall. Trustees stated that anyone wanting to serve alcohol must provide a licensed bartender, apply for a special event license and appear before council.

"It's a good starting place," said trustee Gill Saunders. "If we find out it doesn't work, we can always revisit it."

Trustees also voted unanimously to enter into a maintenance agreement with Coolings Heating and Air Conditioning in Montrose, the company that installed the new heating/cooling system at town hall. The system is under warranty for the first year. By signing up for the maintenance program, the town will save 20 percent on parts for the life of the unit.

Under the agreement, the system will receive a full inspection every fall. The town expects to spend $300 to $700 a year on maintenance. Trustees and Bair discussed hiring the service out, but saw that option as a big risk, especially since no one at the town knows how to repair it. "We've got a great new system," said Bair. "Let's keep it working."

Voted unanimously to bond new town clerk, Toby Stephenson.

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