Monte Vista Newspaper | MV City Council recognizes three longtime employees

MONTE VISTA — The City of Monte Vista celebrated three longtime employees with a total of 40 years of employment at a March 3 city council meeting.

City worker Jesus Juarez was also recognized by his supervisor at the meeting, for 20 years of employment with the city. Juarez was said to be dependable and hardworking, always showing up for any job his supervisor needs. Juarez received a standing ovation from everyone at the Council meeting.

City Manager GiGi Dennis paid tribute to two of her employees who have worked for the city for 10 years.

“I am very proud to announce that two members of my team are celebrating 10 years of service. The first is Director of Public Works, Robert Vance,” said Dennis. “I have to say we have the best public works department in the San Luis Valley. I’m really proud of Robert and his team and really happy to work with him.”

Dennis also paid tribute to Anika Velasquez, director of Kids Connection.

“Anika provides a wonderful and safe haven for children of all ages here in Monte Vista,” Dennis said. “You just ran a wonderful program here and I’m really proud of you.”

Vance and Velasquez also received certificates of appreciation.

Vance also presented a certificate of service to one of his employees, Mario Duran. Duran was not present at the meeting, but Vance recognized Duran for one year of service at Monte Vista.

“He came to Public Works and is a real joy and an asset to Public Works, and we really appreciate having him on board,” Vance said.

Kids Connection recognized Madison Miller for one year of service with the City of Monte Vista as a youth leader. Miller received a certificate from Kids Connection.

Dennis gave Council an update on the candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission.

“There are three vacancies on the commission and we have four very good candidates,” she said.

Dennis said the Council could either vote for each of them at the meeting or call each of them and visit them individually. Dennis said all of the contestants were active in the community.

The Council said the candidates were qualified and the decision was going to be difficult. Dennis said they could vote for three people on the commission and the fourth be an alternate.

The Board voted unanimously to interview the candidates individually on March 15.

A representative from the Monte Vista Art Walk said they plan to continue having it on the third Friday of each month and will start again in May and run through September. The group’s rep was asking that part of downtown Adams Street be blocked off so artists could be seen more easily. In recent years, artists and vendors have taken to the sidewalk.

“We would really like to expand this thing this year, involve more of the community and more artists,” the Art Walk rep said.

The tentative hours for the art walk would be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the street to be blocked off by 3 p.m., to give artists and musicians time to settle in.

City manager Dennis said there are internal logistics to consider, such as the schedules of city employees.

Vance said recommended that the Art Walk speak with surrounding businesses and have them sign something that shows they understand what the event will entail and that the group might consider blocking less of Adams Street than was proposed. , as the surrounding businesses are still needed to operate and provide access to people.

Dennis said she would try to meet the Art Walk.

Dennis also said he received a resignation letter from Chelsea Martinez, who served as chair of the Vali 3 Theater board. “I have real concerns, we have a little asset downtown and yet we’re trying to make it work with volunteers,” Dennis said. “I don’t know if it really works as planned, with the enthusiasm So I would like to suggest that we have a working session on this, to see in which direction you want to go. The committee itself has been working for two years to get their 501 c3 and they haven’t completed that process yet. We cover the insurance for the building, and they had major errors in the emergency lighting and exit signs. Rob got an estimate and it’s going to be $3,800 I proposed to them that they pay half, and the City would pay half, so that we can take care of it for the Mountain Film Festival, that is later in April.

It was discussed that there is no other venue for the festival if the theater cannot be used.

Dennis indicated that a working session would be scheduled to talk more in depth about theatre. The working session was scheduled for March 15.

Dennis also said a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Monte Vista Trail was scheduled for March 31 at 11 a.m. The next council meeting will be on March 17.

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