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The second time was the charm for a measure allowing businesses to sell retail marijuana in Buena Vista, as unofficial results from Nov. 3’s election show that ballot question 2B was approved by BV voters.

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At the Oct. 27 meeting of the Buena Vista board of trustees, the board is scheduled to discuss a lease agreement for the Texaco building at the corner of East Main and Highway 24, as well as code changes that would allow the town’s code enforcement officer to issue fines for certain violations.

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Last Thursday, policymakers gathered in Thonhoff Park in Salida for the signing of an Intergovernmental Agreement officially forming the Chaffee Housing Authority, a new organization that will change the way Chaffee County addresses its lack of affordable housing.

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Members of the Central Colorado Unmanned Aerial Systems Club and the Buena Vista Recreation Department broke ground Oct. 8 for the Buena Vista Drone Flying Park, which, when complete, will offer multiple ways for drone pilots to hone their flying skills.

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Buena Vista was named as one of the 46 municipalities in Colorado to be awarded grants through the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Revitalizing Main Streets program.

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Sales tax returns are in for July, the highest-earning month of the year in Buena Vista, with receipts rising 8.85% over the same month in 2019.

In a brief specially called meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Buena Vista Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a change of contract to Dibble Engineering that will extend seal coat work along Taxiway A of the Central Colorado Regional Airport.

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The rules in the town of Buena Vista regarding recreational vehicles (RVs) and camping on private property changed in March after discussion between Town Staff and the Board of Trustees regarding how the Town wants to approach the use of RVs and camping.

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Sales tax returns for June were up by 8.52% over that month last year, according to the latest report from town treasurer Michelle Stoke.

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Earlier this month, the Buena Vista board of trustees approved plans for a drone park on a section of the Rodeo Grounds property.

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When the board of trustees next meets Aug. 25, it will hold public hearings for the annexation of the Sange de Cristo Electric Association property into Buena Vista town limits, and will vote on whether to approve two questions for the November general election ballot related to allowing retail cannabis sales in BV.

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A yard sign in a residential zone (R1, R1OT, R2, R2OT, MU-1, MU-2) can be no larger than six (6) square feet in size, cannot be up for more than 90 days, must be located on private property (no city parks, no public rights-of-way, etc.), and can only be posted with the property owner’s permission.

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A yard sign in a residential zone (R1, R1OT, R2, R2OT, MU-1, MU-2) can be no larger than six (6) square feet in size, cannot be up for more than 90 days, must be located on private property (no city parks, no public rights-of-way, etc.), and can only be posted with the property owner’s permission.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees enthusiastically gave the go-ahead to the BV Rec department’s pursuit of a Great Outdoors Colorado grant that would assist in funding the creation of a multi-generational facility at the River Park including long-awaited pickleball courts, ADS-accessible trails and additional singletrack opportunities.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees will be back to an all-virtual meeting format through Zoom when they next meet July 28.

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At its virtual meeting July 15, the Buena Vista Planning and Zoning commission will hold a public hearing on the major site plan for South Court Social, a proposed 3-story mixed-use development at Court and East Main streets.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees have been concerned about what the economy in a town with a business community built around outdoor recreation would look like during a period of Stay at Home mandates.

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Here are three things to take away from the June 9 meeting of the Buena Vista board of trustees:

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In the early months of 2020, before the COVID-19 was re-classified as a world pandemic and widespread quarantine measures began to be put into place, sales tax receipts continued the upward trend seen in Buena Vista throughout 2018 and 2019, with a particularly massive spike in February.

The Buena Vista board of trustees will take up discussion of short term rentals at their next meeting May 26, as well as newly-announced state regulations that would allow businesses to temporarily extend the premise of their liquor license to facilitate social distancing once restaurants and bars are permitted to reopen.

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The Buena Vista trustees heard public comment and discussed allowing recreational marijuana sales in Buena Vista, ultimately deciding to table the discussion for a later date – possibly a work session ahead of a future meeting.

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Households that have received a 2020 Census invitation in the mail and have yet to respond should expect a paper questionnaire in the mail by April 30, according to a news release from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health director and incident commander for COVID-19, explained what a phased approach to lifting restrictions and reaching recovery from COVID-19 could look like Wednesday in her daily Facebook Live update.

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Here are three things to take away from the Apr. 14 meeting of the Buena Vista board of trustees:

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As the COVID-19 quarantine continues, residents of Buena Vista continue to hold on to hope and community values – and encourage them.

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The Chaffee County Clerk’s Office remains closed, but many of its functions can be completed online, by telephone or through the mail, County Clerk Lori Mitchell said.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees voted Wednesday to extend a local disaster emergency declaration until April 15 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wednesday afternoon meeting was called following town administrator Phillip Puckett's executive action Tuesday making the declaration. Per town code, Puckett's executive action was limited to 48 hours. 

The board also set its official policy regarding virtual meetings, held through a video conference application called Zoom, expecting that Wednesday's meeting would not be the last held remotely.

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Richard Lipton claimed in his lawsuit that the town government violated his constitutional right of free speech by arresting him for extending his middle finger toward police officers and toward the town in general as he passed through.

On Saturday, Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chaffee County will be hosting a Decker Fire Recovery Community Fair at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds, 10165 CR 120, Salida. This free preparedness fair is open to the entire county and surrounding area regardless of whether the Decker Fire had …

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Sales tax returns for the town of Buena Vista were remitted from the state for the month of December, giving a complete picture of the town’s sales tax activity growth in 2019.

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Spring must be right around the corner, because the agenda next week’s meeting of the Buena Vista Board of Trustees is filled with housekeeping items related to cleaning up town codes.