Daily Archives: January 4, 2016

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 (patcyp@gmail.com) or Adrienne De Forrest (adriennedeforrest@gmail.com)

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 (amiemollyweinberg@gmail.com) (303) 459-0144

Ward Zero Waste

This subcommittee is working to recycling and landfill diversion opportunities.

Contact : Emy Maloutas (wardzerowaste@gmail.com) (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 wardzerowaste@gmail.com 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