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On Monday, July 24, the Poncha Springs Board of Trustees (BoT) will hold their monthly meeting at Poncha Springs Town Hall located at 333 Burnett Ave. The meeting is open to the public and will commence at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can either participate in person or join the online Zoom session, linked here.

Poncha Springs Town Hall sign (Photo by Jan Wondra)

The four currently-sitting board members will vote on candidates to fill a vacancy on the BoT. Poncha Springs has been operating with a vacant seat since their May meeting, when Trustee Dean Edwards tendered his resignation, which was officially accepted at the June BoT meeting.

Mayor Ben Scanga and Trustee J.D. Longwell, who serve on the Poncha Springs Personnel Committee, have been reviewing letters of interest for the position since July 14. They will present their recommendations at today’s meeting.

Among the topics to be discussed during the meeting is the redesign of a section of U.S. 50 that passes through Poncha Springs and its intersection with Tailwind St. at the east end of town. Residents participated in a survey, which closed on June 29, to vote on their preferred changes to the highway. The BoT will now consider the winning options.

Several presentations will be made during the meeting. Jake Rishavy from the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will lead a discussion on economic development, covering preferred types of businesses for the Chaffee County community, as well as incentive and marketing strategies.

Mark Hammer, Vice President of the nonprofit Ice Rink for Chaffee County, will give a presentation on a proposed outdoor ice-skating rink in the county.

The board will also discuss a boundary line readjustment for 125 and 135 Chipeta Ave; two parcels of land at the intersection of Chipeta Ave and U.S. Highway 285.

The full agenda for the meeting can be found here.