The Granby board of directors modifies the municipal code

The wind blows through the aspens outside the town hall in Granby. The directors meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
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Granby’s board of directors made changes to the city’s municipal code in three areas at its August 23 meeting. The board also met as the Liquor Licensing Authority and Grand Elk General Improvement District Council prior to their regular meeting.

The code changes additional prohibitions against dumping waste or hazardous materials and persons under 21 possessing or consuming alcohol and clarifies building permit requirements. The Granby Police Chief and Code Enforcement Officer suggested the revisions.

City Attorney Nathan Krob said the first change offers more specific environmental protections than the previously included code. Any discharge or deposit of waste or hazardous materials onto or into the ground, water or air will violate the code and could result in monetary penalties and a cease and desist from the city.

Krob said the liquor ordinance already exists in Colorado state law, but including it in the city code makes it a municipal violation. The change allows the city’s municipal judge to subject violators to fines, alcohol education classes and community service.

The latest update separated part of the code into two sections – one to declare that not having a building permit is a violation of city code and another to define the penalties for building without a permit.

“There was a kind of disconnect,” Krob said. “There was a section which provided that not having a license was a violation and also provided the penalty for it. It just separates the two to make it clear that not having a permanent is a violation in itself.

Other business:

  • The council, acting as the city’s liquor licensing authority, approved a resolution that will allow the authority to access Colorado Bureau of Investigation databases to conduct background checks for license applications. of alcohol. The authority previously accessed the database through Granby police, but the office asked the city to change its process.
  • The trustees, acting as the Grand Elk General Improvement Board, approved a request from developers in the neighborhood to allow them to stage construction equipment on lots owned by the improvement district.
  • Granby local Danielle Grosslova told council she was denied records from a public arts committee meeting and said she believed it violated Colorado’s sun law.
  • Shaffer sworn in to Andrew Sidener as a sergeant in the Granby Police Department. Sidener has been with the department since 2017 and was previously a patrol officer.
  • The council discussed ways to further regulate short-term rentals, including limiting the number of nights per month landlords can rent them out and limiting their locations through zoning.
  • Trustees have approved $450,000 for Granby Water to build a steel warehouse and workshop in the south service area.
  • The council authorized the mayor to submit an application to the Colorado River Water Conservation District to lease 15 acre-feet of Wolford Reservoir for Sun River Run Ranch RV, LLC or Sun Communities.
  • The directors approved the accounts payable for August 23 and the minutes for July 26 and August 9.
  • Administrator Jeffrey Sneddon summarized the last economic development meeting during the committee update.
  • Trustee Rebecca Quesada said the housing committee is working on deed restrictions and gave statistics on the current real estate market in Granby during this committee update.
  • In the public safety update, administrator Chris Michalowski mentioned Morris the cat Ace Hardware and the return of children to school zones as they return to school.
  • In the recreation update, administrator Nick Raible said 103 children have signed up for the city’s recreational soccer program.

Melissa C. Keyes