During its’ special meeting on March 18, the Buena Vista Board of trustees approved a special meeting policy, allowing them to conduct meetings remotely in non-emergency and emergency situations.

The new policy would allow trustees to handle quasi-judicial mattes during emergencies, but this is not expected to be an issue. The town has less concern over public participation in quasi-judicial matters in this format, since its policies were changed some months ago to allow for the Planning Dept. and the Planning Commission to handle many of the land use issues which formerly came to the trustees.

Trustees confirmed than any votes taken in this emergency format will be roll-call votes, and that using a video conference setup will allow them to see people’s comments and concerns.

With input from Town Administrator Phillip Puckett, Trustees agreed to an extension of their initial emergency disaster declaration to April 15, matching the Chaffee County disaster declaration.

“This puts us on county and state radar as having declared a local emergency, so we can track our time and expenses to re-coup costs,” said Puckett. He indicated that he has already been working with the Chaffee County Office of Emergency Management to track developments. “It’s in the best interests of the board of trustees to extend this document ( the (original Buena Vista declaration was for 48 hours). If the county public health orders go further – say extending to something like closing …city parks, then we are covered.”

The extension of the Buena Vista Trustees disaster Declaration is one day past the Trustee’s April 14 meeting, giving them time to adjust the declaration if needed.