Monthly Archives: January 2016

Agenda – Town Meeting – February 1, 2016

Town Meeting
February 1,2016


  1.  How the upcoming road closures might affect local business’, and what we can do to help alleviate potential impact on them.
  2.  Sustainability
  3.  Possibility of hosting a celebration for the recent successful acquisition of our water rights.   

Minutes – Town Meeting – January 2016

Record of Proceedings
Town Meeting
January 4. 2016

In Attendance– Mayor/ Karelle Scharff, Clerk/ Kristen Cornwall, Bookkeeper/ Carol Elmore, Council/ Christina & Sequoia Zahn, General Assembly/ Cynthia Bakke, Paul Kolovos, & Clarissa Arana.

At this time Kristen read the minutes from the December meeting.  Christina pointed out that Kristen did not name the task force members appointed by the Mayor to oversee removal of junk and abandoned vehicles pursuant to Ordinance 142.  These task force members are Chris Pelletier, Amy Hardy, & Bobbi Ann Goodnow.  With those omissions addressed, Christina motioned to accept minutes, Cynthia Bakke seconds.  All were in favor.

Department Reports

Mayor– Karelle reported that she is adding more and more content to our Town of Ward website, and Kristen will be beginning to post minutes etc. there as well.  Please check it out at

Karelle also asked Kristen to extend an invitation to our County Commissioners to join us for dinner & drinks in June.

Bookkeeper– Carol handed out the finalized budget, as well as a super informative hand-out with definitions pertaining to the budget.  Carol reported that we have $25,880.23 in checking and $103,675.01 in savings.

Emy on Sustainability–  Emy asked Bill Gilbert to put together a list of municipalities that allow “community septics.”  “Community septics” allow more than one home to share their fields/septics.

As there was no agenda for this meeting, it was a meeting of reminders on upcoming events…


  • Saturday, January 9 from 10-1 at the Nederland Community Center is the  “How to Prepare for Everything Workshop.”  Please RSVP to
  • Wednesday, January 13 from 6-8 p.m. also at the Nederland Community Center is a DOLA sponsored meeting being hosted by Cynthia Bakke.  This is not a public meeting, but a meeting for elected officials only.  Pizza will be provided.  Please RSVP to
  • Sunday, January 17 from 1-3 & Wednesday, January 20 from 6-8 at the church, Emy will be hosting “Planning for Sustainability”  meetings.
  • Cynthia Bakke encouraged us all to get together to view the show “High Profits” which shows Breckinridge and the highs/lows they have experienced with legal marijuana and dispensaries.  Perhaps a potluck and viewing marathon at the church?

Meeting adjourned @ 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristen Cornwall

Lefthand Canyon construction update – Short delays at James Canyon on Tuesday 01/22/2016

Boulder County Transportation wants us to know that the contractor will need to use flaggers next Tuesday, Jan. 26 to move traffic at the new bridge construction site just west of the intersection with James Canyon. This will result in travel delays (up to five minutes) as only one lane will be open. They’ll do their best to move people through the zone quickly, but we wanted to make sure you were aware. Other than that, every other travel restriction will remain the same. On other days next week, there may be short (1 minute) delays at the intersection as equipment is moved through the work zone, but they’ll do their best to avoid this if possible. I apologize for any inconvenience. Throughout the work zone, construction remains on schedule and crews are optimistic that it will stay that way.

Road closures

By now, many folks in the Ward community have learned that starting in May 2016, we will be impacted by 6 months of road repairs on Left Hand Canyon from the Jamestown bridge at the confluence of James and Lefthand Creeks to Lickskillet, at the 10 mile marker.

There will be times when the road is shut down altogether – potentially for several days at a time – from the Jamestown bridge up to Lickskillet. This extent of closure will cut off access to Lee Hill and Old Stage, so we will have to find other ways to get to town. Other times there may be 1 – 3 hour delays. You can find current information at Please rely on that site for the most up-to-date info, as this site update its info from there.

Some of the time, the road is likely to be inaccessible from 8AM to 4PM, with delays from 7AM-8AM and from 4PM-5PM. At least, that’s how they’re currently handling the road repairs below the Jamestown bridge. says that may be different but we will know better as the time approaches.

I would suggest visiting that construction project in its off hours (after 5, before 7AM or on weekends) to see the extent of what they’re doing. This is NOT your daddy’s simple repaving!

Not only will this affect our travel to and from Boulder, it’s going to impact our local businesses that depend on that through-traffic for their revenue, their ability to continue to employ some of our town residents and it will have repercussions on our town budget that depends on sales tax revenue for 40% of our general fund income. And it will have an effect on postal deliveries, the trash roll-off, and propane deliveries and I’m sure there’s other ramifications we just haven’t thought of yet.

But WAIT, there’s more!

Starting in late September of 2016 (yes, it overlaps), there will be extensive repairs and repaving on the Brainard Lake Road, that is projected to last until May 2017. While this won’t affect our ability to get to Boulder, it will still impact our local businesses.

At the February town meeting (February 1, 7PM) we’ve invited some folks from Boulder County transportation as well as the business owners and other folks to come and talk about how we can ensure that we minimize this disruption. We’re starting to put together a plan to help our community better deal with this and if you would like to help, let’s put our heads together. Come to the February 1 town meeting.

Sustain Ward

We’ve now had our first two sustainability meetings – both of them rousing successes, with great attendance and an abundance of compelling ideas. We covered numerous topics such as: community gardening, food storage, food pantry, energy, community readiness, eldercare, community radio (both broadcast and amateur radio, aka ham radio), zero waste, septic and wastewater, town trails, jobs and economics and youth programs. We’ll be posting more specifics about the ideas as we compile the information.

Just because you haven’t participated in these first 2 meetings doesn’t exclude you from jumping in now. Our next meeting to prioritize these ideas and start to put together our short and long term plans will be on January 30, from 2-4. The more people participate in this, the better represented the whole community will be, and this is important.

We would encourage you to offer your comments, even if attending meetings is not possible. You can respond here or on the Ward QT. All ideas, expressed with politeness, are welcome.

Town of Ward – Community Sustainability Project

What – Let’s create a sustainability plan that reflects Ward community values and helps us navigate the future.

Key Steps in Sustainability Planning Process

  • Clarify town vision
  • Determine what we want to sustain
  • Build collaboration
  • Document our desired sustainability strategies and methods
  • Develop action steps and priorities
  • Document and communicate successes

Why –Creating a written sustainability plan will provide a road map not just for us, but also other governmental and regulatory agencies that regulate resources that impact the planet and our lives. Furthermore, the community engagement process in and of itself will be an excellent way to share ideas and build collaboration.

Who – Everyone in Town is encouraged to participate in all of the following ways;

Community Workshops

will be held for idea sharing and input collection on key topics and community initiatives. Workshop time will be used to brainstorm key topics and will include learning sessions presented by community members who have knowledge and skills to share.

Jan. 17 (Sunday) – Vision and Brainstorm

Jan. 20 (Wednesday) – Vision and Brainstorm

Feb– Review – Key Topics and Recommendations

March – Review – Draft Sustainability Plan

April – Review – Final Sustainability Plan

May– Greenhouse site prep and construction begins (weather dependant)


for the following key topics have been formed and are open to all.

Sustainable Septic and Wastewater

This subcommittee is working to address issues around permitting, cost and identifying appropriate strategies for our mountain community that are appropriate for rural dwellings. Of the 107 structures in town only 46 have approved septic permits.

Contacts : Pat Cypher ( or Adrienne De Forrest (

Ward Food Pantry

This subcommittee is working to address hunger issues in our community through food distribution. A new lock system has been installed at the Food Box next to Ward town hall to prevent vandalism and waste.

Contact : Amie Weinberg ( (303) 459-0144

Ward Zero Waste

This subcommittee is working to recycling and landfill diversion opportunities.

Contact : Emy Maloutas ( (303) 459-1013

Interviews with Indian Peaks Fire Dept members, elected town representatives, water board, library board and interested individuals are being scheduled.

If you are interested in PARTICIPATING, being interviewed, hosting a workshop breakout group in Jan on a topic related to sustainability or have general questions please contact: Emy Maloutas at or (303) 459-1013.

Surveys will be available in the post office entry. Surveys can be dropped off at the town hall drop box

Minutes -Town Meeting-December 2015

Record of Proceedings

Regular Town Meeting

December 7, 2015


In Attendance– Mayor/ Karelle Scharff, Clerk/ Kristen Cornwall, Bookkeeper/ Carol Elmore, Christina Zahn, Sequoia Zahn, Bobbi Ann Goodnow, Amy Hardy, Adrianna Galue, Andy Martinek/ Council, Cynthia Bakke, Crystal Del Rios, Katrina Pattridge, Will Dator, Chris Pelletier, Matt McGavock and Raymond McAllister.

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m.  At this time Kristen read the minutes from the previous meeting.  Amy Hardy did not like the wording around the impact the road improvements might have on the aspen grove between her home and the highway.  Amy wanted all to know that it is BoCo’s intention to get back to us with some ideas on how to preserve/ fix the road and what impact that may have on the trees.  With the changes, Christina motioned to accept the minutes.  Bobbi Ann seconds.  7 in favor.  4 abstained.

Department Reports

Recycling/ Sustainability– We received our $15 k from the Sustainability Grant, therefore it is now imperative that we begin planning how to match the funding with our efforts.  There will be several meetings in January to get a good start on this project.  Also there are other grant opportunities coming up that will also be discussed.

Clerk–  Kristen reported that Cirsa pointed out several areas of concern during the November Loss/ Control Meeting with Cirsa.  The electricity between the radio station and the Town Hall, as well as the failing glass ceiling in library entrance were major concerns and will cause our rates to go up if not fixed.

 Also, please note that the unsightly campers that were on the Peak to Peak near Tucker’s are GONE!  Chris Pelletier, Jesse Farmer and Tucker Pattridge loaded them into a dumpster that Ward paid for.

 Kristen pointed out the great job that Brodi Hawk has been doing shoveling.  Keep up the good work, Brods!


Budget–  A few final changes were made such as adding funds to the Abandoned Vehicle Fund, in the amount of $400.  Also, a new line item was added for yearly funding for the Kid’s Christmas Party/ Pageant/ Talent Show, in the amount of $100.  Christina motioned to accept the budget.  Bobbi Ann seconds.  12 in favor. 1 abstained.  

Reading of Marijuana/ Bicycle Ordinance– After much more discussion about inspections of electricity and how to keep grows organic, Christina Zahn motioned to extend our moratorium on licensing “legal grows” until December 2016.  Amy Hardy seconds.  12 in favor.  1 abstained.

 At this time, Andy motioned to have the “single-file ordinance” voted on at our regular April election.  Christina seconds.  All were in favor.

New Business

Katrina & Crystal–  These ladies were present to ask for help funding the Kid’s Christmas Party.  This was a no-brainer.  All were in favor of a yearly $100 donation to this fabulous celebration!  A new line was added to the budget for the future!  You ladies ROCK!

Meeting Adjourned @ 9 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristen Cornwall