TORRINGTON – On Tuesday, July 6, the Torrington City Council met for its first meeting for the month of July.
Mayor Randy Adams began the meeting by going over his mayoral information items. He started off by providing an update on the vaccination rates in the state and Goshen County and also provided an update to the number of current active cases.
“At this time, nearly 32% of the population has been vaccinated,” Adams said. “27.5% of our Goshen County residents have been vaccinated and there are currently eight active cases in the county.”
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The next information item was regarding the current fire threat in Torrington after an abnormally hot and dry June. Adams said Fire Department Chief Lance Petsch told him they are at preparedness level four out of five. Which is the second earliest they’ve gotten to that level.
“Please keep the trash cleaned up and flammable weeds and grasses trimmed,” Adams said.
Next Adams said the city appreciates that people are doing a better job of following the city rules when it comes to the various dumpsters. He also wanted to remind people that the baler site is open on Saturday’s from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Following Adams’s information items was another information item presented by LaDonna Feagler in reference to the Adam Walter Memorial Park Fundraiser.
Feagler wanted to let citizens know that there will be an upcoming concert with a country musician from Utah and funds raised there will go toward the memorial park. The plan is to hold the concert on Friday, Aug. 20, at Wiseman Field in Torrington.
The first two action items of the night were the unanimous approval for a special event permit and a catering permit for alcohol to be served for a Street Dance on Saturday, July 31, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event will be hosted by Tiffany Leslie with the Broncho Bar. The event will also shut down Main Street between 19th and 20th avenue.
“This year I will have Third Rail playing, it’s kind of a local band,” Leslie said. “We’re going to switch things up a little differently this year. The band will start at 7 p.m. and they will go to 11 p.m. and then I’m going to have my house DJ setup outside and play music that faces south to the business district instead of the residential area. That way that kind of helps with the noise complaints we had last year.”
There will be a beer garden located outside of the front door of the Broncho Bar and will have one entrance into the area with ID checks and wristbands will be required. All drinks will be in plastic cups to avoid broken glass.
The next two action items were the unanimous approval special event permit and catering permit for the Torrington Lions Club 100-year Bash. The council also unanimously approved waiving the special event permit fee due to the Lions being a non-profit organization.
The 100-year Bash will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Pioneer Park. There will be a beer garden operated by Open Barrel Brewing Company and ID checks will be conducted and wristbands given out. They cannot start serving any alcohol until 11 a.m.
“This year we want to make it not only a fundraiser, but kind of more of a celebration,” said Valerie Grant, Torrington Lions Club. “We’ve asked to have it down below around the fireman’s shelter because we also have the craft fair, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, horseshoe tournament, cornhole tournament, salsa contest, something for everybody.”
Following the approval of the Lions Club 100-year Bash, the council unanimously approved a special event permit for the 2021 Goshen County Fair Parade held on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Main Street.
The council also unanimously approved waiving the special event fee for the parade due to it being an annual event in the community.
After the special event permit for the fair, the council unanimously approved the ordinance on third reading relating to liquor regulations.
The next to action items were the unanimous approval of two different ordinances on third reading. The first related to airport hangar building sites leased to individuals-lease provisions and city owned airport hangar leases. The second related to lot assignment, airport ground lease, construction, maintenance, utilities, airport hangar lease, use of premises and monthly rental fees.
Following the third readings relating to various things regarding the airport, the council unanimously approved three separate ordinances on second reading relating to private fire systems and hydrants, definitions, and backflow prevention assemblies and definitions. There were no changes to any of these ordinances from first reading.
The next action item was the unanimous approval of the second reading of the ordinance relating to qualifications and supplementations to districts. There was one small change made in order to approve the ordinance. The change was removing “other than by domestic servants employed on the premises.”
Following the action item relating to qualifications and supplementations to districts, was the unanimous approval of awarding the bid of FY-22 Airport Fire Valve Installation. The bid was awarded to Fuel Management Solutions of Cheyenne, Wyoming in the amount of $64,056 and reserve $5,944 for contingency for a project total of $70,000.
The next Torrington City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. in city hall. The meeting is open to the public.