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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

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


Brainard Lake Road Improvements

The Town of Ward is in discussions with Boulder County about the impact of the County’s road improvements on town property that borders the road.

The following maps indicate the extent of the impact. The impact is not inconsequential but is more inclined to resilience on our property than on county property. Additionally the county has committed to compensate us by helping us to repair infrastructure that might otherwise be out of our possibility, like replacing a stretch of 100 year old water pipe and repairing some of our roads. Their plans do include revegetation and we do have input into the design process, and into the revegetation process.

One concern that has been raised is the multitude of trucks going through town and likely exceeding our speed limit, endangering our citizens, our children and our pets.  This will probably be the most obnoxious and dangerous impact. I’d like to propose that we reconsider a town magistrate – part time, perhaps local – who could adjudicate minor traffic and local offenses and give us some measure of control of the speeding traffic (including bicycles!). If the haulers know there is enforcement in town, they’ll be less likely to take advantage of us.

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The Post Office fight moves to a new level

They released the proposal (it’s on display at the post office) to close our post office, however there are numerous grounds on which to contest it. I’ll be posting more info soon.

There are comment forms available at the post office.

Please call Udall, Bennet, and Polis and insist that they prevail on the PO to reverse their decision. Do not delay. Do not be intimidated. They work for you.

Here is their contact information:

Bennet, Michael F. – (D – CO)             Class III
(202) 224-5852
Denver Metro Regional Office
2300 15th St., Suite 450
Denver, Colorado 80202
Phone: 303-455-7600
Toll-free: 866-455-9866
Fax: 303-455-8851

Udall, Mark – (D – CO)             Class II
(202) 224-5941
F: 202-224-6471
Denver Office
999 Eighteenth Street
Suite N1525
Denver, CO 80202
P: 303-650-7820
Web Form:

Polis, Jared, Colorado-2nd, Democrat
501 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0602
p. 202.225.2161
f. 202.226.7840
Boulder Office
4770 Baseline Rd, #220
Boulder, CO 80303
p. 303.484.9596
f. 303.568.9007

A Resolution in Support of Restoring Governing Power to We the People as Guaranteed in Our U.S. Constitution

Whereas, We, the Town of Ward, a Colorado Home-Rule Municipality, have suffered the ill effects of a recession caused by corporate and individual greed; and

Whereas, Ward is a community that applauds self-sufficiency; and

Whereas, Ward is a town that recognizes the need for community interdependence, locally and globally; and

Whereas, there are thousands of like-minded citizens putting their safety, freedom and lives on the line in New York, Denver and Los Angeles – joining movements in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Tunisia – to return control of their countries to the 99% of the population who are not members of the plutocracy; and

Whereas, currently, the 1% plutocracy poisons the food supply through negligence and greed, and undermines the farming system through monopolization, threatening our health, the health of our children and the health of our environment, these concerns being especially important in a community that is climatically unsuited to self-supporting local agriculture; and

Whereas, currently, the 1% plutocracy sells our privacy as a commodity; and

Whereas, currently, the 1% plutocracy determines economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce; and

Whereas, currently, the 1% plutocracy blocks alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil; and

Whereas, currently, the 1% plutocracy covers up oil spills, accidents, and other environmental hazards in pursuit of profit; and

Whereas, currently, the 1% plutocracy keeps people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media, especially as regards the virtual media blackout on the protests and demonstrations in New York and a number of other American cities; and

Whereas, the people of Ward consider themselves to be citizens of the United States, a democratic republic, and as such firmly support the First Amendment right to free speech, peaceable assembly, and to redress grievances with our government;


Therefore, we the Town Council and General Assembly of the Town of Ward in attendance at the October 3, 2011 Town meeting, desire to express our support and stand in solidarity with the heroic citizens struggling to redress the grievances ensuing from the corporate takeover of our government and the resulting severe wealth imbalance in our country.


This resolution was passed unanimously by the town council and attending general assembly (a fine example of a working direct, democracy), on October 3, 2011.

A ballot initiative that affects Ward and surroundings

This is a Boulder County ballot initiative that proposes to create a Mountain Forest Improvement District as a recommendation of the Citizen Advisory Team concerning the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This would be the entity that would “plan and implement forest improvement projects in wild land-urban interface areas, including projects to reduce hazardous fuels and protect communities.”

This would definitely affect Ward. Please download the text of the resolution and plan to vote on November 1, 2011.

The mountain leaders group will be finding out more and I’ll update this post when more info becomes available.