City to Hire a Grants Writer | Norwood substation

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Norwood staff and administrators discussed the city’s decision to hire a grants writer. City clerk Amanda Pierce told those in attendance at last week’s monthly board meeting that the position had been posted. Pierce said the position was posted on websites and in newspapers as well.

New director of public works Randy Harris told administrators the city has been pretty quiet lately. He said his crew is getting ready for winter. The Norwood Town Park wading pool has already been ‘put to bed’. And the crew is wintering the rest of town now.

He said public works had also carried out work on culverts on local streets.

Harris said his new job with the city involved an apprenticeship, but “it’s going as smoothly as it gets.”

Town Marshal Kattie Neesham said she would post an ad for a deputy in December and plan to hire for the post after the first of the year.

Administrator Candy Meehan shared in a board member’s comment that the community has offered positive feedback regarding Neesham’s work at Norwood.

City administrator Patti Grafmyer shared in her report that John Mansfield is still working on the short-term rental issue. She said Mansfield had spoken to Henry Hemphill, the town planner, and that “good conversations” including Meehan were underway. Mansfield will now undergo surgery, but remains committed to supporting Norwood in finding a possible cap to limit the number of VRBO or AirBnB rentals within city limits.

Gramfyer worked on the city’s budget, which she does every fall in preparation for the New Year. She has a project in order and gave administrators a brief summary of what was in the new budget. She said a 2.5% cost of living increase had been initiated for city staff.

From now on, the board will have a working session to finalize the budget, as it does every year in November before its approval in December.

Grafmyer said he advised the board to consider purchasing a 2011 one-ton Chevrolet truck from the Telluride Fire Department. Telluride Fire donates the truck to the Town of Norwood, which could be shared with the Norwood Water Commission.

Grafmyer said the truck is in “excellent condition” and has only driven 100,000 miles. The department offered to sell to Norwood for $ 14,500.

“It’s a smoking business,” Grafmyer said. “One for sale a year newer costs $ 29,500… Telluride Fire was offered a trade-in for $ 25,000.”

Grafmyer said the water commission was on board to make the purchase. The trustees agreed.

Additionally, the city will budget for website upgrades. Other sums are reserved for the marshal’s department for training and uniforms.

Administrator Shawn Fallon reported and said Noel Night is December 3rd. He added that the Norwood Chamber of Commerce sponsors a monthly musical series, which will be free to the public.

And, the Norwood Ice Rink goes up on November 19. Volunteers are needed to help with the skid loader and more. Pierce told Fallon that it was possible for high school students to receive service hours for helping. She suggested that he contact guidance counselor Rick Williams, so that he could communicate with the students about volunteer hours at the rink.


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