Estes Park Town held their regular board meeting on Tuesday evening and after the pledge of allegiance a moment of silence was observed for Marc Thor Olson, the pilot who was killed in a plane crash on November 16 while protecting Estes Park from the Kruger Rock fire.
Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) Superintendent Darla Sidles and other park officials joined the meeting virtually to provide the board with an overview of 2021 operations and the plan for 2022. This information can be found. in a separate article here: https: // www. .eptrail.com / 2021/11/23 / rmnp-will-employer-reservation-system-in-2022 /
Western Heritage Financial Report
Estes Park Western Heritage, Inc. assists the city in running the annual rooftop rodeo and is required to submit an annual financial report to City Council. Western Heritage Board Chairman Mark Purdy was on hand to present the report.
Purdy reported that from October 2020 to September 2021, Western Heritage totaled $ 101,196 in revenue, including $ 68,650 from cash sponsorships, $ 31,246 from Rooftop Rodeo revenue and $ 1,300 from events from Fund raising.
Expenses totaled $ 46,709, including $ 37,857 in rodeo-related expenses, including an $ 11,000 scoreboard and television. A final payment of $ 11,872 on a loan spent to improve the arena brought Western Heritage’s net operating income to $ 42,615.
“For each indicator we had one of the best weeks on the roof ever [in 2021]”Purdy said.” The door [revenue] was the biggest, I think, we have ever had.
He attributes the success to expense control, increased sponsorship and profitability of the show.
“People learned to drink because of COVID,” Purdy joked.
The city spent or invested around $ 20,000 on the 2021 Rooftop Rodeo which drew thousands of visitors to the city during the week.
Funding for Opioid Settlement
Passage of resolution 83-21 ensures that Estes Park will receive funds to help fight the opioid crisis in the state.
Nationwide settlements have been reached with the ‘Big 3’ opioid distributors (McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen) as well as opioid maker Johnson & Johnson, according to Deputy City Administrator Jason Damweber. state and local government claims that these companies have contributed. to the opioid epidemic.
Claims pending include those raised by local governments in a nationwide class action lawsuit. More information on these settlements can be found at https://nationalopioidsettlement.com/.
Last month, city staff were told that the Colorado Legal Department had reached an agreement with local Colorado governments to distribute opioid settlement and recovery funds to local counties and municipalities.
“To maximize settlement funds within Colorado, which will be used to help resolve and reduce the opioid crisis, it is important that all counties and municipalities in Colorado participate in these regulations and the distribution process by signing [the Memorandum of Understanding]”said Damweber.
Signing the MoU will help maximize the settlement funds distributed to the state and ultimately our region (County of Larimer) and give the city the opportunity to participate in the regional council and determine how the funds allocated to the region are spent.
Alternatively, the city could sign on and choose to redirect its allocation to the region, and regional council participants can make spending decisions on behalf of the region.
The city council voted unanimously to approve the signing of the memorandum of understanding with staff management to inform the state reduction council that the city wishes to redirect its share to the region.
“Which we believe is best suited to determining how best to spend the funds to address and reduce the opioid crisis,” Damweber said.
The state is divided into 19 regions. Larimer County (Region 2) ranks seventh in percentage of funds it will receive at 6.5211% of the state’s total allocation.
Based on the allocation of the allowances, Damweber and city staff estimate that the amount the city would be entitled to is approximately $ 18,000.
The resolutions were adopted unanimously.
Compensation for municipal officers
Ordinance 17-21 modifies article 2.20.010 of the Estes Park municipal code, the article which deals with the remuneration of the mayor, the mayor pro Tem and the trustees.
According to City Clerk Jackie Williamson, a comprehensive council compensation review has been carried out prior to each municipal election year, as requested by city council since 2012. The last review was completed in December 2019 and the council approved a Board salary increase for newly elected members in 2020.
At that time, the mayor received $ 12,000, the mayor pro-tem received $ 10,000, and administrators earned $ 9,000 per year. The directors elected in April 2020 received the new salaries.
Staff provided data collected from other municipalities on board compensation during the September 14 and October 12, 2021 study sessions and indicated that the current board salaries adopted in 2019 are are located halfway between other communities.
Ordinance 17-21 would have approved an increase of $ 3,000 for the mayor and pro-mayor and $ 2,000 for each trustee.
In previous meetings, city council members have suggested that an increase in compensation could broaden the future pool of candidates and ensure that any future increases in benefits are covered.
Despite this, Trustees Cindy Younglund, Marie Cenac and Barbara MacAlpine felt the increase was too large and Administrator Younglund proposed an amendment to the ordinance cutting the increases in half.
The motion was seconded by MacAlpine and carried unanimously.
The mayor is now compensated $ 13,500, the acting mayor $ 11,500 and each trustee $ 10,000 per year.
In 2019, staff determined that board members attend approximately 160 hours of meetings per year and some board members may have an additional liaison or meetings they attend, which would increase the average number of hours. In addition, these hours do not reflect the hours that a council member may spend preparing for each meeting or the hours spent meeting with electors.
No current member of city council will receive these increases unless re-elected for another term.