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Holly Jenkins named Student of the Month
Holly Jenkins named Student of the Month

Holly Jenkins, a senior at Cedaredge High School, was recognized by Orchard City Mayor Ken Volgamore, as the November Orchard City Student of the Month.

Holly was the VFW Patriot Pen speech winner in her junior year.

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Orchard City adopts constituent time policy

At the regular monthly meeting of the Town of Orchard City Board of Trustees on Nov. 8, Ed Kissner and Dan Sanders, representing the Field of Dreams sports complex, expressed their appreciation for the support of the town. Field of Dreams runs summer baseball, softball and soccer as well as various sports throughout the year.

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Orchard City board talks roads

In an effort to build public trust, the Orchard City town council held the first of several planned public meetings with residents on Wednesday, Oct. 18. In addition to the trustees, 12 members of the community attended.

This meeting was focused on road maintenance, and began with presentation by trustee Gary Tollefson. He pointed out that deferred maintenance of the road infrastructure will cause the cost of repairs to increase as roads wear out gradually.

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Don Suppes talks county road policy with Orchard City

County commissioner Don Suppes was present at the Oct. 11 meeting of the Orchard City town board to answer questions about road work the county is doing in Cedaredge.

Suppes addressed the trustees to waylay concerns about the county's efforts to repair and pave SW 11th Street in Cedaredge.

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Grace Andrews is honored
Grace Andrews is honored

At the Oct. 11 Orchard City town board meeting, Grace Andrews was presented a certificate naming her Student of the Month. Andrews is a senior at Cedaredge High School.

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Open house set for Orchard City road issues

Orchard City has scheduled an hour-long, open house public meeting to discuss the single issue of a town roads maintenance program and its funding.

The session is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at Orchard City Town Hall.

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Orchard City trustees want county to explain road policy
Orchard City trustees want county to explain road policy

The Orchard City Trustees want to get a clarification from the Board of County Commissioners on the county policy for providing paving services to municipalities.

The presence of county crews and equipment on two Cedaredge street asphalt overlay projects last week has raised eyebrows in Orchard City.

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Questions raised on water rates

Constituents at Orchard City's Sept. 13 regular meeting raised questions about the town's new, higher water rates.

Gary Cape objected "strenuously" to the water rates.

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Orchard City has no jurisdiction in burn complaint

The Orchard City Town Board, at its regular meeting on Sept. 13, heard complaints from residents of Horizons West mobile home park about smoke from burning piles of brush near the retirement community.

Deann Thomas, a resident of the park, and three of her neighbors told the town board of smoke and other problems they claim were caused by the burning of brush just north of their senior mobile home park on Running Deer Road.

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Repealing marijuana bans on hold until April election

The Orchard City Town Board acting at its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 13 voted to rescind its previous decision to proceed with repealing current bans on marijuana business in town.

The town board also voted to place three referred measures on the April 2018 ballot asking voters to decide on new revenue measures for town government.

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Ag burning complaint set for OC board meet
Ag burning complaint set for OC board meet

Deann Thomas, a retired physical therapist, says she will raise concerns with the Orchard City Town Board about an agricultural burn operation next to the senior mobile home park where she and elderly neighbors live.

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Orchard City now eyeing 3 tax questions on April ballot

Orchard City's Cannabis Revenue Committee announced last week that it is ready to drop a recommendation for immediate repeal of the town's ordinances which bans marijuana business. The committee had recommended the town repeal current bans on medical and commercial marijuana businesses before taking the question of sales tax from marijuana businesses to the voters. It has drawn notable public opposition.

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Orchard City audit shows solid town finances

The Orchard City Town Board received results of the town's 2016 financial audit at a special meeting on Aug. 31.

Total assets across all six of the town's budget funds increased by $500,000 last year, according to the report.

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Cannabis revenue committee has completed task

At the Orchard City Town Board meeting on Aug. 9, it was announced that the trustee Cannabis Revenue Committee has performed the task assigned to it by the full town board.

"We feel we have completed our work," announced Tom Huerkamp who along with Gynee Thomassen comprises the committee membership.

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Orchard City citizens speak out on water, marijuana, finance

Orchard City constituents turned out for the town board's Aug. 9 meeting with comments offered to their government on management of the water utility, on marijuana businesses, and on the town board's fiscal responsibility.

Dave Stueck offered comments on the town water utility.

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Potential fee revenue added to cannabis report

The Orchard City Town Board is scheduled to hear a further report from the Cannabis Revenue Committee -- trustees Tom Huerkamp and Gynee Thomassen -- on potential town revenue from licensing fees on marijuana business at its regular Aug. 9 meeting.

The draft report update is a one-page document dealing with "manufacturing, testing, and transport licenses."

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Two advocate for more 'user-friendly' local government

Orchard City Town Board members at their meeting on July 12 heard comments from constituents wanting changes in handling of town finances and a more "user friendly" government.

Doug Keller criticized town government for not being financially responsible with town money.

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Orchard City citizens speak out on pot plan

Area residents on July 12 pushed back against Orchard City's moves toward allowing marijuana businesses to operate in town. However, not all were opposed. Some spoke of personal benefits from medical marijuana.

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Orchard City moves forward with pot study recommendations

The Orchard City Town Board will move ahead with an expanded study of the types of marijuana businesses that could be allowed in town to provide government funding following town board action on July 12.

The town board's Cannabis Revenue Committee will also continue looking into six types of marijuana businesses, including retail shops, that could provide money to local government.

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Orchard City committee recommends ballot question, repeal of marijuana business ban

The Orchard City Town Board on July 12 will discuss, and possibly act on, a trustee committee report that lays out a road map for the eventuality of voter approval for marijuana businesses in town, including repeal of the town's current bans.

The first recommendation board's cannabis revenue committee is that "the town should start the process of repealing the ordinances of 2011 and 2013 prohibiting any type of licensed marijuana business."

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Pot debate continues in Orchard City

Orchard City Town Board members are expressing second thoughts about allowing marijuana businesses in town as a way to generate more tax revenue for town government.

Speaking at the town board's June 14 meeting, trustee Craig Fuller expressed his opposition to the town board taking unilateral action and allowing marijuana business because it would be against the express will of the people, and he offered an alternative plan.

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Core issues are paying for services, building reserve

The marijuana tax issue for Orchard City is not simply one of somehow raising $1.2 million to fund government needs. Indeed, the answer lies in first deciding how to use $1.2 million that is already been raised through newly enacted water rates.

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Tiny house project raises concerns from neighbor
Tiny house project raises concerns from neighbor

Orchard City's first "tiny house" development at 2100 and Iris roads is drawing concern from area neighbors who say they had no advance notice of the project.

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Water customers feel 'soaked' by billing date

Orchard City residents told trustees that it is the town's water customers themselves who have gotten soaked by higher water charges because new rates were implemented ahead of the promised schedule.

The revelation was one of several complaints presented to trustees at a second consecutive boisterous business meeting on May 10.

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Orchard City town council sees money in cannabis

In spite of strong opposition from town residents at a February public meeting, the Orchard City Town Board is moving forward with the idea of allowing marijuana business in the town.

Mayor Ken Volgamore announced at a work session last week that he will appoint two trustees, Gynee Thomassen and Tom Huerkamp, to research the issue further.

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Memorial trees planted in Orchard City park

The Friends and Flower Garden Club appreciates the generous donation of a Ukrainian maple tree and a juniper pine tree from John and Ron Romatzke of Arbor Acres Farm. These trees were planted in the Orchard City Town Park in memory of Bobbie De Leau and Zoe Weiss.

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Rowdy crowd weighs in on water rate hike

Orchard City's base water charges for residential water customers with three-quarter-inch taps were revised for the second time in a month at the town board's April 12 meeting. The latest rates corrected a math problem with the rates adopted last month.

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Resident not sold on rate hike

The Orchard City Town Board is being challenged on the method and reasoning that it used for establishing new water rates. The new rates take effect May 1 and will show up in rate payers' June billing.

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Math mistake sinks water rate hike in Orchard City

Even before Orchard City's new water rates take effect as scheduled on May 1 they are already being changed. An accounting error made in calculating the new water charges is said to be responsible.

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Early CHS grad honored by town
Early CHS grad honored by town

A Cedaredge High School senior who graduated early to pursue her nursing career plans is Orchard City's student of the month for March.

Mikaylah Saenz graduated early last semester from CHS with a 3.8 grade point average.

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Seniors remind trustees of impact they face with new water rates

Two constituents came forward at the Orchard City Town Board meeting on March 8 to question trustees about the water rate increase.

Jan Gage, a former trustee, expressed concern for senior citizens in town on fixed incomes who would be hurt financially by the doubling of water rates.

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Rate hike takes effect May 1 in Orchard City

Following action by the Orchard City Town Board on March 8, customers of the town's domestic water system will see steep increases in both base charges and user fees beginning May 1.

The move came on a split 5-1 vote.

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Orchard City opts out of cemetery biz

The Town of Orchard City will not be going into the cemetery business.

By a vote of 4-0 on March 8, town board members rejected the idea of participating in some manner with management and operations of the Cory Cemetery.

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Water rates could double for Orchard City residents

The Orchard City Town Board at its Wednesday, March 8, meeting will act on a proposal which, if adopted, would double residential water rates.

For example, based on preliminary figures provided to the Delta County Independent, the monthly base charge in-town would rise from $13 to $25, and the use rate for the first 20,000 gallons would rise from $0.99 per thousand gallons to $1.89 per thousand gallons.

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Orchard City to consider running Cory Cemetery

Orchard City Mayor Ken Volgamore has promised a discussion and possible vote March 8 on whether the town board wants to get involved in management of the Cory Cemetery.

The future status of Cory Cemetery management has been uncertain since its board of directors resigned six years ago.

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Timeline details marijuana votes and regulations

Editor's note: With a majority of Orchard City trustees expressing interest in marijuana business as a way of raising town government revenue, and with a majority of town residents likely opposed to the idea, thanks to Orchard City resident Matt Soper for compiling a history of the marijuana issue in Orchard City and Delta County. (Sources and references are available.)

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Delta High senior earns OC honor
Delta High senior earns OC honor

The Orchard City student of the month for February is Cristina Caballero, a senior at Delta High School.

Cristina has a 4.13 grade point average and has completed advanced coursework in language and composition, statistics, calculus, physics and environmental science.

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Town puts hold on La Habra II permits, taps

The Orchard City Town Board meeting on Feb. 8 adopted an emergency ordinance placing a moratorium on issuance of building permits or water taps for parcels located in the 17-lot LaHabra II subdivision.

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Orchard City continues search for revenue ideas

Orchard City Mayor Ken Volgamore and some of the town board members expressed disappointment that a room full of constituents left immediately following the previous week's community meeting on government revenue and marijuana.

"It was very interesting," Volgamore said during the town board's regular meeting on Feb. 8, "that after we went over the three items, especially the marijuana, that all but four [of the 70 people] got up and left.

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Orchard City residents speak on pot, finances

Residents of Orchard City filled town hall to standing room to tell town board members their views on increasing government revenues and allowing marijuana business to operate there.

A trend of declining revenues the town is experiencing is contributing to depleted cash reserves in town budget funds including the water fund and roads fund, a trustee report has concluded.

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Town finances not in critical condition

A critical view of Orchard City finances -- a view which has led to proposal of marijuana business and sales tax for the town -- is a view which may seem more alarming than is justified.

There was broad agreement at last week's town meeting that water rates need be raised.

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Orchard City board could okay pot without a vote

During the Orchard City town meeting on marijuana and town revenues last week, Mayor Ken Volgamore noted that the town board has the ability to allow marijuana business in the town without putting the issue to a vote of the electorate. However, the mayor did not endorse doing so.

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Speeding complaints prompt new signage

A citizen complaint about speeding traffic on 2150 Road will result in additional signage on the long stretch of straight and narrow Orchard City roadway.

Trustees decided to place an additional 35 m.p.h. speed sign on the road and also to place signage warning of slow moving farm equipment.

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Few expected to qualify for Jump Start stimulus

Orchard City and Cedaredge have opted to participate in the state's Rural Jump Start economic stimulus program. But officials believe the pool of new businesses that will qualify for the tax incentives being offered is small.

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Governor appoints Soper to judicial commission
Governor appoints Soper to judicial commission

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed Orchard City native Matthew Soper to be a non-attorney and Republican member of the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission representing Delta County. Soper replaces Commissioner Bill Raley of Delta.

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Orchard City puts 'teeth' into its building code

The Orchard City Town board adopted an ordinance at its Jan. 11 meeting designed "to put teeth" into its building codes by assessing big fines for violations.

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Fuller receives student honor
Fuller receives student honor

Isaac Fuller, a home schooled high school senior who intends to pursue Biblical studies following graduation has been named Orchard City's student of the month for January.

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Marijuana taxes eyed as possible solution

The idea of Orchard City turning to marijuana as a town government tax source first came up at the end of a budget work session last September. Mayor Ken Volgamore took a straw poll of trustees on the marijuana-as-revenue issue. No decisions were made at that time.

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Mayor seeks citizens' input

Mayor Ken Volgamore has scheduled a town board work session discussion about the issues of declining town revenues, dwindling cash reserves in town budget funds, and ideas for addressing the two problems, ideas that include allowing marijuana businesses to operate in Orchard City as a means of generating tax revenue.

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Orchard City searches for ways to fund budget

The Orchard City trustees, at their Jan. 4 work session, opened a dialog on the problem of declining town revenues, dwindling cash reserves, and on possible ways to reverse the trends.

Among the ideas suggested was whether to allow marijuana businesses to operate in town and so provide more tax revenue for local government.

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Orchard City looking for new revenue sources

Orchard City trustees are considering a town sales tax and other possible money raising ideas. Discussion of various ideas will begin at the town board's first work session of the year: Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. according to town hall.

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Water fund is biggest budget item
Water fund is biggest budget item

Orchard City's water fund is the largest of the town's budget funds.

For 2017, an amount of just over $1 million in expenditures has been budgeted for the fund's operations and maintenance programs.

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Orchard City deals with water service issues

The Orchard City Town Board has dealt with several one-of-a-kind customer service issues recently.

The problems the town has encountered with meeting water customer requests have different causes. One involves the 17-lot La Habra II subdivision; a failed development proposal that dates back to the 1970s.

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Free use of town park a point of community pride
Free use of town park a point of community pride

Orchard City's free use town park is a point of pride for the community. It receives many compliments by users who visit from around the region and across the state.

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Orchard City honors Delta High School senior
Orchard City honors Delta High School senior

Orchard City's student of the month for December is Madiea Lyons, a senior at Delta High School.

She was presented with the honor during the town board's regular Dec. 14 meeting.

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Water loss continues to vex Orchard City

Orchard City trustees discussed an aberration in results of the monthly water audit report during their Dec. 14 regular meeting.

A report from the trustee water committee noted that the audit report is showing "significant water loss" and indicating "huge discrepancies." The aberrant readings are occurring below the storage tanks at the town water plant, the committee reported.

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HopeWest delivers services to Orchard City residents

People in the Town of Orchard City receive much benefit from the services provided by HopeWest, trustees were told at their Dec. 14 regular meeting.

Nancy Hovde of Cedaredge and representing HopeWest paid a courtesy call on the town board to deliver a thanks for helping promote and supporting Hospice and Palliative Care Month during November.

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Orchard City holds executive session about personnel

Orchard City trustees called a special meeting on Nov. 30 for the purpose of holding an executive session to discuss a "personnel matter." The motion did not provide any further specificity regarding the topic. The closed-door meeting lasted for a full hour.

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Nortnik honored

The Orchard City Town Board has chosen Delta High School senior Emily Nortnik as its student of the month.

Emily has been a three-sport athlete throughout middle and high school.

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Organizations, individuals recognized
Organizations, individuals recognized

Local governments in Surface Creek Valley have issued several proclamations recently noting contributions made to the community by organizations and individuals.

• Both Orchard City and Cedaredge adopted proclamations honoring HopeWest in observance of Hospice and Palliative Care Month during November.

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Trustees seek fix to cracked pavement on Austin Road
Trustees seek fix to cracked pavement on Austin Road

What to do about the failure of pavement on Austin Road, rebuilt just 10 years ago, will be discussed by the Orchard City Town Board at its regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

The Orchard City Town Board is faced with a decision on how to remedy the pavement failure occurring on Austin Road.

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Orchard City deals with variety of items
Orchard City deals with variety of items

The Orchard City Town Board dealt with several items of business during its regular meeting on Oct. 13. Among those items were the following:

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Ambulance tax increase gets town's support

The Orchard City Town Board, which is considering its own sales tax proposal for the town, last week gave a thumbs up to the Delta County Ambulance District's bid for a 2.25 mill tax increase on the November ballot.

Following a presentation at the board's Oct. 12 meeting, trustees voted to give political support to the ambulance district's proposal for the tax hike from 2.5 to 5.75 mills.

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Orchard City considers $1.9 million budget

Orchard City trustees got their first glimpse of the town's proposed 2017 budget document at their regular meeting Oct. 12.

The budget proposal delivered to trustees calls for a total $1.93 million in planned spending for next year.

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Orchard City board honors two students

Sisters Megan and Brooke Toothaker were honored as Orchard City's students of the month by the town trustees at their Oct. 12 meeting.

The presentations were made by Mayor Ken Volgamore.

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Orchard City holds budget work session

Orchard City trustees held their first work session for the 2017 budget on Sept. 21. In addition to reviewing department spending proposals, trustees discussed donations the town may make next year.

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Orchard City approves plan, talks road issues

The Orchard City Town Board adopted a newly revised version of the town's Master Plan at its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 14.

Adoption was preceded by a public hearing at which no public comment was offered.

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Orchard City packing shed back in operation
Orchard City packing shed back in operation

Williams Orchards has acquired the former Hi-Quality fruit packing facility on Fruitgrowers Road in a lease/purchase deal.

Connie Williams told the DCI that the company is already using the facility for fruit packing and processing.

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Permit issue prompts policy review

The Orchard City trustees gathering at its monthly work session on Sept. 7 discussed a thorny issue involving enforcement of its building permit regulations.

During a staff and trustee discussion, it was stated that construction had been started on a commercial building in town without the owner first obtaining a town building permit costing $250.

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Orchard City master plan retains 'live and let live'
Orchard City master plan retains 'live and let live'

Though the Orchard City Master Plan is set to be reissued in a new and updated version, the community's old-fashioned values of "live and let live" expressed in the original 2005 plan are restated in the proposed 2016 revision.

"Orchard City has adopted a land use philosophy of 'live and let live' that does not include zoning regulations," states part of the community's vision plan.

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Orchard City hosts annual town picnic

The Town of Orchard City hosted its 13th annual picnic last Saturday, a community tradition begun in 2004 by then town mayor Tom Huerkamp.

At that first town picnic held in the town shops, elected officials and staff contributed fresh produce from their own home gardens and kids got rides on the fire truck.

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Orchard City looks again at small hydropower

The much-studied and eventually abandoned idea for a small hydropower generator driven by Orchard City's water plant inflows came up for discussion again by trustees on Aug. 10.

The agenda topic was prompted by a trustee invitation to Jim Heneghan, renewable energy engineer for DMEA.

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Orchard City joins county's hazard planning
Orchard City joins county's hazard planning

The Orchard City Town Board agreed at its July 13 meeting to participate in developing a hazard mitigation plan for the county.

The request to participate was made by county emergency manager Jeff Wright. He told the trustees that the deadline for participation was that same evening.

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Orchard City audit shows improvement

The severe economic consequences widely expected in Delta County since decline of the coal industry began with layoffs at Oxbow in 2013 have yet to materialize, as far as Orchard City finances are concerned.

"Overall, the town is better off financially in 2015 than you were in 2014," auditor Pete Blair told trustees on July 13.

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Orchard City won't host meeting to promote DMEA plan

The Orchard City trustees at their regular monthly meeting on July 13 declined an offer to host a community event promoting DMEA's broadband business project. However, explained Mayor Ken Volgamore, there is no problem if private individuals want to rent the community room and stage a promotion on their own.

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Tollefson named trustee
Tollefson named trustee

The Orchard City Town Board has appointed Gary Tollefson, a 38-year resident of the community, to fill a trustee vacancy.

Tollefson was a U.S. Forest Service employee for 23 years before retiring, he said during his interview on May 11.

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Women's club has fun while doing good
Women's club has fun while doing good

The 35-members of the Orchard City Women's Club held their annual fundraiser auction for local charity last Friday -- an occasion for doing good while having fun and enjoying friendship.

Members of the 94-year-old local service organization dispensed with all appearance of pondering seriousness that sometimes accompanies the financial support of social causes in the community.

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Orchard City begins task of filling open seat

The Orchard City Town Board will hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. prior to its regular May 11 monthly meeting to interview applicants for the open trustee position.

Mayor Ken Volgamore was elected last month with two years yet remaining on his trustee term.

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New board seated in Orchard City
New board seated in Orchard City

The Orchard City Town Board met in special session April 20 for a changing of the guard as newly elected trustees and mayor accepted their oaths of office and assumed their positions on the town board.

Mayor Ken Volgamore's election by voters to mayor halfway through his four-year trustee term has left one more vacancy on the town board.

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Orchard City trustees focus on youth sports

Giving final approval to the annual agreement with Field of Dreams for organized youth sports use at Orchard City Town Park was the major business item on the agenda for town trustees on April 13.

The town board's business item gave occasion for the trustees and the youth sports organization's president to exchange appreciation for each other's efforts on behalf of the area's youth sports.

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Carr is student of the month
Carr is student of the month

Tori Carr has been named Orchard City's student of the month for April.

Tori's resume includes numerous accomplishments and achievements during her career at Delta High School.

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Volgamore elected mayor, creates board vacancy
Volgamore elected mayor, creates board vacancy

Ken Volgamore has been elected to a four-year term as Orchard City mayor in the April 5 municipal elections.

Volgamore has served half of a four-year term as trustee he was elected to in 2014.

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Orchard City trustees will meet April 13

The current Orchard City Town Board will have one more full business meeting together on April. 13.

Then, on the following Wednesday, April 20, the trustees will convene in an official special meeting to seat the new mayor and trustees.

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Voters approve question

Even though the Town of Orchard City at present has no plans nor expressed interest for entering the telecommunications business, the town's voters have given their government permission to do so virtually without restriction so long as any such venture in the future is done "without charge to members of the public."

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Four elected to Orchard City board

Incumbent town trustee Craig Fuller was the high vote getter among the four candidates for Orchard City Town Board, getting 592 votes out of a total 2,056 cast for trustee candidates in the April 5 municipal election, according to unofficial election results.

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Unofficial municipal election results

The ballots have been tallied, and the following are the results of the voting in each of the county's municipalities, according to the Delta County Clerks Office:

Hotchkiss voters turned down ballot measures that would have authorized retail or medical marijuana facilities in the community. The medical marijuana measure was rejected with 156 against and 133 in favor; the retail marijuana measure was defeated with 161 against and 129 in favor. A third measure, adding a 2 percent sales tax to marijuana sales, was a moot issue since neither measure authorizing sales was passed.

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Orchard City honors Abbigail Nicholson
Orchard City honors Abbigail Nicholson

The Orchard City student of the month for March is Abbigail Nicholson.

She was presented with her honor by Mayor Don Suppes during the town board's March 9 meeting.

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Orchard City sets special meeting after official tally

Orchard City's new town board will not take up its official position until a special meeting scheduled for April 20.

According to Town Administrator Melissa Oelke, there is a 10-day gap between the April 5 election and the April 15 official determination (canvass) of the election results.

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Mike Morgan earns coaching honors
Mike Morgan earns coaching honors

Mike Morgan, a team sports coach at Cedaredge High School, has been named assistant coach of the year by the Colorado High School Coaches Association, the DCI has learned.

Morgan, who is the public works director for the Town of Orchard City, was congratulated on his recognition by members of the town board at their regular monthly meeting on March 9.

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Orchard City backs DMEA in hydropower scuffle

The Orchard City Town Board has agreed to lend the town's support for development of local renewable hydroelectric power generation.

Following a presentation to the trustees during their meeting on March 9, the town staff will draft a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opposing a proposal by Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

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Six interested in Orchard City board

The mayoral contest in Orchard City for this year's municipal election has incumbent trustee Ken Volgamore going up against former trustee Jan Gage.

Gage is a former trustee who also served as mayor pro-tem.

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Ribbens earns student honor
Ribbens earns student honor

Orchard City's student of the month for February is Kerry Ribbens, a senior at Cedaredge High School.

His award was presented during the regular monthly meeting of the Cedaredge Town Board on Feb. 10.

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Opt-out vote set for Orchard City ballot

Orchard City voters will have a chance to decide whether their town government may "opt out" from the statutory prohibitions of Senate Bill 152 and thereby use public resources to support a local telecommunications "broadband" business.

An opt-out measure similar to the ones adopted by voters in five other local municipalities, and also by county voters, was approved by the town board in January.

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Races set in Orchard City, Cedaredge

There will be mayoral races in both Cedaredge and Orchard City in the April 5 municipal elections.

At the Jan. 25 deadline, in Cedaredge there are two candidates.

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CML head visits with Orchard City trustees

The Orchard City Town Board and the top administrative official from Colorado Municipal League met in public on Jan. 13 in a bid to mend fences.

A disagreement with how the CML is using annual member dues had led the trustees to consider withdrawing from the organization which provides educational resources to and lobbies for the municipalities of Colorado.

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CHS senior is honored student
CHS senior is honored student

Orchard City's student of the month for January is Brittany Chlarson, a senior at Cedaredge High School.

Brittany has attained a 4.02 grade-point average.

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New waterline set for Del Ray

The Orchard City water capital construction fund will be the source of $300,000 for replacement of waterlines in the Del Ray subdivision. Money paid into the fund by water users' $5 monthly capital construction fee will raise $128,544 on the revenue side.

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Freeman named Orchard City's student of the month
Freeman named Orchard City's student of the month

The Orchard City student of the month for December is Cedaredge High School senior Danielle Freeman, known to friends and family as Nellie.

She has compiled an impressive resume of activities and accomplishments during her career at CHS.

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Orchard City anticipates lower tax revenues

Orchard City's long-term financial outlook as described in the 2016 budget cites examples of declining revenues in some key areas.

However, balanced against that, the town's cash position and available funds and fund balances in budget accounts show a healthy underlying financial picture.

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Orchard City plots its own way to broadband

The Town of Orchard City has taken a different approach from other county municipalities on the broadband issue.

That doesn't mean the town won't be participating in the Region 10 broadband network project.

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OC has five board openings

In April's municipal election at Orchard City, there will be four trustee seats up for election -- three with four-year terms and one with a two-year term -- along with the mayoral seat.

Orchard City town clerk Melissa Oelke announced at the trustees' Dec. 9 meeting that candidate petition packets for the upcoming April elections will be available right after the first of the year.

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Water crew responds to Orchard City break

Orchard City's troubled West Main water transmission line encountered another failure over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to a report from the trustee water committee.

One of the fused couplings which has experienced previous failures on the HDPE polymer line failed over that weekend.

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Bulky gear vexes Orchard City staff

The Orchard City Town Board may be close to deciding what to do with a new piece of equipment the town bought earlier this year that isn't performing as promised.

The town purchased the $6,900 road shouldering side dresser with expectations that it would cut in half the number of man-hours need for the labor-intensive task of maintaining road shoulders.

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Council endorses gravel haul route

The Orchard City trustees have agreed to send a letter to the Colorado Department of Transportation, endorsing the county's plans for a gravel truck haul route that eventually will run from the North Road pit to Highway 65 at Eckert.

The county is being required by CDOT to apply for an access permit for its 18-wheel, belly-dump, semi-tractor trailer gravel trucks to use the North Road-SH65 intersection as the primary haul route.

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Orchard City considers budget of $1.91 million

The Orchard City Town Board received copies of the town's proposed 2016 budget of $1.91 million during its meeting on Oct. 14.

The budget's $1.91 total expenditure figure includes spending on the following individual items from the various budget funds.

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Amber Jenkins is honored student
Amber Jenkins is honored student

Amber Jenkins has been named Orchard City's student of the month for October.

During presentation of the honor at the trustee's Oct. 14 meeting, Mayor Don Suppes noted that Amber, a senior at Cedaredge High School, has a 4.05 grade point average and is a member of National Honor Society.

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Centennial wall needs to be rebuilt
Centennial wall needs to be rebuilt

Orchard City's Centennial honor wall is going to have to be rebuilt.

The structure is crumbling from a lack of adequate foundation support. Adobe soils the structure is built on are likely contributing to the problem also.

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DMEA seeks town's support for ISP proposal

Delta Montrose Electric Association is asking local governments in Delta County for assistance in making plans for a possible decision to enter the "last mile" Internet service provider business.

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Orchard City will not ask 'opt-out' question in November

The Orchard City Town Board has hit the brakes and taken a "slow down, wait and see" approach to the coordinated push to place a broadband "opt-out" measure on local November ballots.

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Water reports show progress on system

Orchard City continues to make strides in its program of minimizing leaks that cause lost water and lost money from its sprawling domestic water utility.

Evidence of success in its efforts came from two reports presented to town trustees at their Aug. 12 meeting.

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Orchard City seeks answers on opt-out question

The Orchard City Town Board is hoping to get some questions answered soon about the Region 10 broadband fiberoptic cable network project. At the trustees' Aug. 12 meeting, concerns about potential pitfalls of the project were aired when supporters advised the board on allowing the town to enter the Internet service provider business.

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Orchard City celebrates its community
Orchard City celebrates its community

With Delta County's events calendar abounding in fruit festivals, brews and wine festivals, music festivals and summer days festivals, Orchard City's annual town picnic could just as well be called the Friends and Family Fun Festival.

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Viewpoints differ on homeowners' view
Viewpoints differ on homeowners' view

Orchard City resident R. Allen Scheetz and the town's trustees took tentative steps toward resolving a conflict during the town board's meeting on Aug. 12.

The trustee/Scheetz discussion was businesslike and at times pointed.

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Orchard City told new flood rules are needed

Orchard City's town government has been advised by a state water official that it has to revise a 2010 ordinance dealing with construction in floodplains, but town officials have questions.

Orchard City Trustees wondered whether other municipalities in the area had received the same instructions on changing their local floodplain ordinances.

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OCID board ups allocation

The Orchard City Irrigation District (OCID) board, meeting last week, increased its water share allocation to 130 percent. The previous allocation was 80 percent.

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Orchard City receives positive audit report

Orchard City trustees during a special meeting on July 22 heard a positive report from an audit of its finances for the year ending 2014.

As the town's auditor had done previously reporting to another Surface Creek Valley town, Cedaredge, on its financial report for 2014, auditor Pete Blair pronounced Orchard City "better off financially in 2014 than you were in 2013."

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Orchard City will meet with water companies

There will be an important water meeting taking place on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Orchard City Town Hall.

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