Las Animas City Council approved on second reading last week an ordinance establishing a Certified Local Government, which are counties or municipalities that have been endorsed by the State Historic Preservation Office (History Colorado) and the National Park Service to participate in the national preservation program.

Mayor Jim Collins appointed Nancy Gerlock as head of the Las Animas Historic Preservation Board. She will meet with Collins in January to develop the Historic Preservation Board and begin the certification requirements for History Colorado.

The second reading of Ordinance No. 715, which appropriates sums of money to defray expenses and liabilities for the City’s fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, was approved. Resolutions were also approved for the 2019 budget, levying general property taxes with no increase.

Resolutions were adopted for weed abatements totaling $913 to certify assessment rolls to the Bent County Treasurer for collection.

In other news:

Las Animas City Clerk Charmaine Tripp announced at the Dec. 11 City Council meeting that Colorado’s liquor enforcement division has done away with 3.2 percent beer licenses effective the end of the year and replaced it with a fermented malt beverage license. As a result, starting Jan. 1, convenience stores will be able to sell full-strength beer.
Light and Power Board Superintendent Ron Clodfelter reported that the Las Animas system-wide monthly load in November 2017 was 1,869,298 KWH and in November 2018, the load was 1,619,514 KWH, or approximately 13.4 percent lower. However, for year-to-date comparison, the load is approximately 2.4 percent higher in 2018 than in 2017.
Ken Wagner, director of Public Works, reported crews flushed fire hydrants throughout the city in November, the five-year sewer system inspection has been completed, and Jess Solzes finished the annual sewer main cleaning in November. One-third of the city’s sewer mains are cleaned each year.
City crews replaced approximately 360 feet of six-inch clay sewer main with eight-inch PVC pipe between Moore and Garfield Avenues and Seventh and Eighth Streets, and also replaced four taps in the area. The crews cleaned all alleys in town during November and finished cleaning the storm drain manholes.
Jerry Knudsen, the city’s landfill engineer, submitted a construction plan for cell two of the landfill, which the state has approved. Mark Molen is working on upgrading the storm water management plan to include Cell 2 and is also working on an annual monitoring plan for both landfills.
The paperwork to condemn the house at 711 Moore Avenue has been filed and the structure is scheduled to be demolished.
Collins reported that a mayor’s boot camp will be held in January and the cost is in the training budget. He remarked there is no reason for him to go as he is in his third year as mayor and suggested that Mayor Pro-Tem Frank Schmeiser attend in Collin’s place.

City council meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. Meetings are open to the public.