ADMINISTRATOR’S MONTHLY UPDATE
for the TOWN BOARD OF TRUSTEES and the MANCOS COMMUNITY
This Monthly Update is a supplemental report for inclusion in the Town Board of Trustees agenda packet, distributing to the community, and for posting on the Town website. It is for informational purposes. Items herein may or may not warrant Board of Trustees discussion, and do not require action unless noted on the meeting agenda.
PUBLIC WORKS CROSS TRAINING AND LICENSURE
In an effort to cross-train staff between the two divisions of the Public Works Department and to incentivize staff to obtain operator licenses required by the state, the town has created a policy to encourage staff in the Maintenance Division and the Water and Wastewater Management Division to be licensed. Beginning in 2016, all new hires within Public Works will need to already have or be willing to obtain certain levels of licensure. With each license obtained, the town will increase the hourly rate of pay for the employee and will pay for the classes and the testing. Licenses include Water and Wastewater Management and Water Distribution and Wastewater Collections. The goal is to have all Public Works employees, except for entry level employees, licensed at the base level in addition to holding a Commercial Driving License (CDL).
This month, the Town Board of Trustees will consider adopting an Emergency Declaration Ordinance and new Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for the town of Mancos. During the event of an emergency, the Mayor or other designated official can declare a state of local emergency, which would invoke the EOP and provide guidelines for which elected officials and staff can procure necessary supplies and make decisions to address the disaster. The proposed EOP is similar to the adopted Montezuma County EOP, and sets out the roles and responsibilities for all responders and partner agencies. Paul Hollar, the Montezuma County Emergency Manager, has been an integral partner in preparing these documents and helping the town to move forward with Emergency Management.
2016 MANCOS DAYS PLANNING BEGINS
Preparations for the 57th annual Mancos Days celebration (July 29th-31st) are well underway. A volunteer committee is meeting to discuss events. In addition to the ever-popular parade, softball tournament, adult and kids games (pie-eating contest, tug of war, and arm wrestling), music and entertainers will be performing all weekend on the Main Stage in Boyle Park. A classic car show, volleyball tournament, horseshoe tournament, Duck Race, honoring of the Mancos Days Queen, and the fishing derby are all on the schedule. This year’s theme is “Desperados and Fancy Ladies.” Like last year, the committee will be sending out sponsorship requests to area businesses and families. The next committee meeting will be on February 24th at 5:30 pm. Please spread the word if you know someone who would like to participate in planning for or volunteering during Mancos Days.
SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT
In order to better facilitate plowing and removal of the huge amount of snow the town has received this year, the town has purchased the following equipment: an additional snow plow for F-150 truck, a push shovel for clearing sidewalks, and a four wheeler with a plow attached. A temporary employee has been hired in the Public Works department to assist in plowing and the town is considering hiring contractors to help remove snow, as necessary.