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Ranchland Farm News (Newspaper) - January 12, 2015, Colorado Springs, Colorado Miami Yoder students dedicate Flag see Page 8 or. A to week four of sports Ltd a see page28 i 500 per copy a a volume no. 107 Issue no. 52 email 2550 07-10-06 5-digit 80901 pikes Peak Library Nrc-ndt3p 52s special collections h�107 a �?~b90�> to Box 2999 h Colorado Springs co 80901-2999 v. _ Ife i Over tag the planes Peak Plains Region since 1901 4m to 4, uses 455-020 Assn 0745 4279 thursday january 12, 2006 fax 719-541-2289 smile of the Weekin a smiling Massingall of classes hoary Clary ranch land news the ranch land news is now available at Indian Rex indoor Flea Market in Peyton and Agate Mutual Telephone Coop Assoc in Agate. Eastern Plains coalition the Eastern Plains coalition will have meetings at 7 ., Jan. 11 at Woodmen Hills school 7 ., Jan. 19, at Ellicott High school and 7 Jan. 25, at Calhan High school. Little league baseball registrations High Plains Little league in Falcon will be having registration from 9 a.m.-3 Jan. 14 and 21 at Woodmen Hills rec Center West. For More information Contact wow. or 494-1799. Calhan girl scouts the Calhan girl scouts will be meeting on the second and fourth thursday of each month from 5 30-6 30 At the Calhan school. We Are still taking registrations. If you have questions or need additional information please Contact Judy Skrzypek at 719 347-2050 or at blast from the past classifieds Community scope editorials Falcon focus letters to the editor Little bits obituaries Public notices school menus school news service directory sports correspondents Calhan a a Good Sam a a Edison 12 Hanover 15 Ellicott 11 Yoder a a Rush 12 Ramah a a 17 26-29 2 2 a a 3-5 15 13 22-25 13 16 30-31 18-21 tempers flare at Fca Board meeting by Jenni Renzelman tempers flared at a meeting of Frontier charter Academy a Fca Board of directors last week As the discussion of the schools future took the spotlight. The specially scheduled meeting Jan. 4 was attended by several parents Many of whom had been upset to learn that the position of current Fca director Bruce Delaney had been advertised As a vacancy on the web site of the league of charter schools and resumes were being sought. Among those upset to hear that the Board was seeking to fill Delaney a position was Delaney himself who reportedly heard about the listing from one of the students at Fca. A a vacancy was posted for or. Delaney a Job but there was no notice Given to any parents staff or the director himself a reported Calhan superintendent Bob Selle. A was far As i know there was not an official motion or action taken by the Board Calhan trustees fire officer by Jenni Renzelman at their regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 9, voted unanimously to terminate officer James Albee a position with the towns police department but did not discuss plans to fill his vacancy. Albee is currently facing Domestic violence related charges after he was arrested dec. 4 in Peyton by deputies with the Elpaso county sheriffs office. Also on the subject of employment issues at the town trustees Calhan a Board of trustees announced and accepted the resignation of the town clerk Toni Gibbons. Mayor Gary Reimers commended Gibbons and the extensive work she completed while under the towns employ. A it was quite an accomplishment and we really appreciate it a he commented. The Board did not announce plans to fill the vacancy. An executive session was held to discuss the proposal offered to the town by the chamber of Commerce regarding an ongoing dispute Over Railroad property ownership. Though a District court judge has twice ruled in the towns favor representatives of the chamber of Commerce Are intent on pushing the Case to the state court of appeals unless the town Grants the chamber one parcel on which to construct a building. Trustees rejected the proposal. Moving on to items of their Agenda trustees heard from big Sandy telecoms representative Dennis Mcknight who requested an easement agreement from the town. Currently big Sandy telecoms owned by fair Point communications has satellite equipment located beneath the towns water Tower As Well As an Antenna system perched on top of the Tower. The water Tower has been a location for big Sandy equipment for close to 20 years based on a permit agreement Between the town and the company. Because big Sandy has recently been working to upgrade systems and equipment Mcknight told the Board that his company would like an official easement agreement with the town to protect the investment. A we just want Assurance that we Are not going to get kicked off tomorrow after we be just finished All the improvements a Mcknight explained. In discussing a permanent agreement with big Sandy trustee Blair Barding said that the water Tower and the possibility of its being listed As a historical site has been a subject of recent discussion by the towns historical society. Should the water Tower be listed As a historical site restoration efforts would require big Sandy a Cable equipment to be re located. A i think we need to have the leeway to do that if it comes up a Barding commented regarding the easement agreement. According to Mcknight big Sandy will be converting to digital or High density compatible by 2009 in accordance with Federal Law which Means equipment May not be an Issue by that Point. Regardless. Reimers requested that Mcknight return at a later Date with an amendment to the easement agreement that would allow Lee Way for the town and the possible status of the water Tower should it be named As a historical site. In other matters of business the Board heard from Calhan resident and business owner Lola Bergsten regarding her plans to build an assisted living Center in Calhan. Currently Bergsten owns a lot on 8th St. North of Hwy. 24upon which four rental properties Are located. Her plans include removing the four Mobile Homes and constructing a building which will serve As an assisted living Center with a total of 22 units. Discussion of Bergsten a plans has been on going with the town but has been held up by questions of the towns water sewer capacities. A at this Point i am at a Complete standstill unless i can get something from the town so i can move Forward with financing a Bergsten said. A i am Here to request a letter of approval for the the property in question currently has five three Quarter Inch water taps located on it four of which Are in use. Plans for the facility will be similar in size and capacity to a Center in Limon Carlaus Cluster care which runs at about 5.35 in terms of household water use. A i can to see it being much More demand than there is right now a Public works director Ryan Miller said. A the bigger Issue will be sewer we Are at please see Calhan Page 10 to approve the As an a at will employer the charter school is not held to the same employment procedures As a Public school Selle said though action on behalf of the Board is required before dismissal. A somebody jumped the gun on this a Little bit i think a Selle commented. A i think the situation came out of confusion More than anything i done to think everybody knew exactly what was going on behalf of the directors Board president Gary Reimers said that the advertisement of Delaney a position was not a precursor of plans to replace him but was a response to a comment Delaney allegedly made to a Board member about resigning from his position at the end of the school year. A there was no Clandestine motive it was not an indication of him being fired a Reimers stated. A we just responded out of necessity. That is really the Crux of the despite the reason for the posted vacancy several parents expressed their outrage of the situation and have threatened to pursue a recall of Board members. Should recall be attempted petitions supporting the action would have to be submitted to the Fca election committee and a special election would have to be held Selle explained. In the meantime pc a a Board of directors scheduled a special meeting Jan. 7 where they completed an up to Date evaluation on Delaney. The matter was expected to be discussed further at their regularly scheduled meeting on tuesday dec. To. Upon the advice of his attorney Delaney declined to comment on the situation. Susan Lister ranch land news Ben Hendricks left a farm Bill technician with the double Al soil conservation District answers resident Sam Johnson a questions at a workshop on Jan. 5. Commissioner objects to a Golden parachutes by John Elpaso county commissioner Douglas Bruce called employment contracts for the county administrator county attorney and director of human services a Golden parachutes at the Jan. 5 meeting. A the Board has granted a perpetual Golden Parachute a Bruce said a i think you Are misleading the Public a said commissioner Jim Bensberg. Bruce said the contracts provide for six months pay with no Money set aside. A we do not have such a fund a Bruce said. Bruce called the contracts a a terrible precedent for the county. County attorney Bill Louis admitted that one provision was not Well written. Although the contract stated that the a initial terms was from Jan i to dec. 31, 2006, and stated that the employee serves a at the will of the boards a different clause stated that the employees employment might end a with the expiration of this agreement on december 31, 2007". The inclusion of the 2007 Date makes the contract a Multi year contract Bruce said. Bruce also criticized provisions of termination with cause which granted six months pay. The contract with county administrator Terry Harris is for $142,470. A we were on the verge of not having any Golden parachutes a Bruce said. A these Are not Golden parachutes a commissioner Sallie Clark said. A appointees live in a political atmosphere. It is fair they have a Clark said salaries for the county administrator and the county attorney were both below state averages. A the Board has the ability to terminate a said commissioner Wayne Williams. Williams called the agreement a a Good contract even though he disagreed with some provisions. A the largest paid circulation weekly in Elpaso and Elbert counties a

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