Cleaning up cemetery (language)

Blackston asks for less harsh words  regarding maintenance


Councilwoman Valerie Blackston wants to tone down some of the words when it comes to cleaning up Hillside Cemetery each year.

“Our verbiage doesn’t need to call out sightly and unsightly items,” she said during a Fort Lupton City Council town hall forum on April 26. “That’s not fair to the public works guys to make that determination.”

Most of what winds up at the cemetery is bouquets of flowers.

“It’s unfortunate that people show up just once a year,” she said. “If we can make it an all-or-nothing proposal and make it easier for everyone involved, I’m all for it.”

Council didn’t make a decision during the April 26 town hall because of the meeting’s format. If it could have, it wouldn’t have taken effect for this year. Mayor Zo Stieber suggested phasing in the new words over the next year.

“In a rush, things get broken,” Blackston said. “People spend hundreds of dollars on flowers, and they go into the trash. That’s even worse.”

Public Works Director Roy Vestal suggested language that encouraged people to “take what you want” before clean-up day.

Police radios

Police Chief John Fryar asked Council for $22,000 in supplemental funds for four new police radios.

“There’s a chance I can make it work in the budget. I don’t have the right numbers to do it,” Fryar said. I’ll try to offset that as much as I can.”

At a town hall last month, Fryar told Council he wasn’t sure if the radios were part of an agreement with BearCom, which provides wireless voice and data communications equipment.

Fort Lupton Police John Fryar said he was “delirious” with the work of Enterprise Car Rental to fix his police vehicles. 

One last marijuana business

Council set for the fourth applicant for marijuana licenses, Centaurus Farms. It applied for both a medical and retail marijuana license. Those hearings are set for Tuesday, May 3.

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