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October 2021 town sales tax revenues were reported by Buena Vista treasurer Michelle Stoke at the Jan. 11 board of trustees meeting.

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The National Wildfire Coordinating Group notified the town of Buena Vista Nov. 30, that the town’s wildland program no longer meets the group’s requirements, according to a press release from the town.

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Nomination petition packets for this year’s municipal elections became available at town hall on Jan. 4. Those wishing to run for office must obtain the packet and signatures from at least 10 in-town residents by Jan. 24.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees had their final meeting of the year Tuesday night, Dec. 14.

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This year marks the second annual Adopt A Tree event. Businesses, families and organizations were invited to sponsor and decorate 36 trees in the planters along East Main Street.

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The third quarter financial report was delivered to the Buena Vista board of trustees at their regular meeting on Nov. 23 by town treasurer Michelle Stoke. 

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September tax revenues for the town of Buena Vista were revealed at the Nov. 23 board of trustees meeting when town treasurer Michelle Stoke reported another strong month.

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Building permit data from the past 5 years in both Buena Vista and Chaffee County indicate strong growth in single family dwelling permits issued. Multi-family dwellings have not shown growth as strong or consistent in town and are not as closely tracked or reported by the county.

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Buena Vista’s moratorium on short term rental license applications has expired, allowing applicants to submit for licenses or renewals since Monday, Nov. 8.

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The town of Buena Vista has established a new website to increase community engagement. My-BV.com launched Nov. 1 with five project pages as well as a forum for community members to connect and offer ideas for future project pages.

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Thus far, 2021 has been a banner year for Buena Vista sales tax revenues. Town treasurer Michelle Stoke’s Oct. 21 report to the board of trustees showed August year-to-date revenues of $3,306,341, an increase of 26.37% from August 2020’s year-to-date total of $2,616,352.

This is nearly double the average annual growth from 2017 to 2020, which was 13.72%.

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A public hearing on an application for a retail marijuana license, the second of two allowed within town limits, will be held on Nov. 9 at the Buena Vista board of trustees meeting in the Community Center at 715 West Main Street.

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The topic of housing and development once again featured prominently at the Buena Vista board of trustees meeting Oct. 26. The board decided to move forward with the plans to develop two lots at Carbonate Street for more multi-family housing.

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August’s sales tax revenues for the town of Buena Vista were revealed at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting. The tide has finally ebbed, with revenues falling by 7.74% from July’s all-time high.

The latest town tax revenue data was reported in the Sept. 28 board of trustees meeting.

Town treasurer Michelle Stoke revealed that, as predicted, revenues for the month of July topped those of June and set a new record all-time high.

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Wildfire mitigation and master water plans were major topics at Oct. 12’s Buena Vista board of trustees meeting. The first in a series of public hearings on next year’s budget was held.

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The Buena Vista Planning and Zoning Commission met Oct. 6 to hold public hearings on the town planning department’s four new strategies to improve housing affordability.

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Wildfire mitigation and master water plans were major topics at Oct. 12’s Buena Vista board of trustees meeting. The first in a series of public hearings on next year’s budget was held.

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The Buena Vista Planning and Zoning Commission met Oct. 6 to hold public hearings on the town planning department’s four new strategies to improve housing affordability.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees passed a resolution to adopt updated ordinances regulating short-term rentals toward the end of their regular meeting on Sept. 28.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees held a work session to continue discussion of proposed short-term rental policies Tuesday night.

The session was followed by their regular meeting, in which they discussed the town’s draft master water plan, current openings on advisory board and the Chaffee Housing Authority, the trustee handbook and housing affordability grants.

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Buena Vistans have waited more than 25 years to realize their vision of a trail bridge over Cottonwood Creek upstream from the intersection of Marquette and Arizona streets.

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Town treasurer Michelle Stoke’s quarterly financial report on Aug. 24 came near the end of a long meeting. “Sales taxes: Doing good; balance sheet balances; the projected fund balances is good. Do you want me to go into more detail?” she asked. Good was something of an understatement.

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An investigation by The Times shows that local government offices in Chaffee County are not consistent in whether to commit Zoom chats to the public record.

Experts in Colorado’s sunshine laws and records retention policies agree that Zoom chats should included in public records. But virtual and hybrid-virtual meetings are fairly new and not formally or explicitly mentioned in law and policy.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees appointed Gina Lucrezi to fill the vacancy created when former board member Amy Eckstein resigned on July 14.

Lucrezi was chosen by unanimous vote on Aug. 24 from a field of three interested persons. Lucrezi said she believes in the importance of community and is very connected with BV.

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Buena Vista’s board of trustees met for 5 1/2 hours Aug. 24 to work through a jam-packed agenda and 183-page packet.

The session kicked off with a work session for trustee candidate presentations. These were followed by a straw poll to help guide and inform the board’s motions in the regular session.

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The town of Buena Vista recently created and is poised to fill the position of planning director.

Effective Sept. 1, Joseph Teipel, the former executive director of the Chaffee County Community Foundation, will step into the role.

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A report from a historical survey of 30 residential properties in Buena Vista was presented July 29 at the Community Center.

The Historical Preservation Commission authorized the survey, which identified eight properties of potential historic interest.

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Police station funding and the Envision Chaffee County recreation management plan weren’t all that the board of trustees discussed Tuesday evening. Here are five more things to know.

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Town treasurer Michelle Stoke presented a budget report including April’s town tax numbers at the June 22 Buena Vista trustees meeting.

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Here are three things to note from the June 7 Buena Vista board of trustees meeting:

1 Trustee discussion was dominated by discussion surrounding issues of housing.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees will hold a 6 p.m. work session will take place to discuss short-term rentals (STR) and review related issues of policy and licensing prior to its next regular meeting on June 7. No board decisions will be made during the work session.

Sales tax returns for March 2021 were 42.46% higher than in the same month last year, according to town treasurer Michelle Stoke.

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The board is scheduled to discuss code enforcement changes to the town’s policy on flags and signs, hear an update from Envision Chaffee County on its recreation plan and discuss a floodplain mapping memorandum of understanding with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Buena Vista board of trustees next meeting May 25.

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This Friday, the town of Buena Vista and its Historical Preservation Commission will memorialize the first locally landmarked historic structure in BV with the presentation of a plaque to Nancy Locke, the owner of the home at 314 East Cedar St.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees approved an intergovernmental agreement between the town and Chaffee County Fire Protection District, which if approved by the CCFPD board at its meeting Wednesday evening, would make Chaffee Fire “the exclusive jurisdiction having authority to interpret and enforce the fire code adopted by the town within the town’s boundaries.”

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Aside from the board’s approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the Chaffee Fire Protection District, here’s what you missed from the May 10 meeting of the Buena Vista board of trustees:

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The Buena Vista board of trustees will have their next regular meeting on Monday, May 10, rather than their usual second Tuesday of the month, when they are scheduled to discuss a potential new fire authority and a Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation grant proposal.

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Here’s what you missed from the April 28 meeting of the Buena Vista board of trustees:

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At the next meeting of the Buena Vista board of trustees, the board will get updates on a GOCO grant proposal to fund the building of new pickleball courts, discuss the public improvement agreement for phase 2 of the Farm and get an update on the first quarter financial report from treasurer Michelle Stoke.

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Angel of Shavano Recycling completed its final day of service for Chaffee County’s recycling on April 8. The closure of the business reaches across the county’s municipalities and surrounding towns.

Regarding a long-term solution, Chaffee County Public Affairs Officer Beth Helmke said, “At this time, the county (government) does not have a specific countywide service plan established, and thus no timeline.”

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Buena Vista code enforcement officer Grant Bryans submitted a report on short-term rental activity in the first quarter of 2021 to the town board of trustees Tuesday, finding that 118 total licenses for STRs were issued in town.

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When the Buena Vista board of trustees meet on Tuesday, April 13, they’ll hold a work session about a local property owner’s plans that could double the size of the Rodeo Grounds.

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It’s spring cleaning time and the Buena Vista Parks and Recreation department is celebrating with a neighborhood clean-up day Sunday, April 25.

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On April 8, Angel of Shavano Recycling will terminate its contract with Chaffee County and close its Poncha Springs recycling plant, according to a news release Tuesday from County public affairs specialist Beth Helmke.

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Buena Vista treasurer Michelle Stoke presented the first sales tax reports of 2021 to the board of trustees this week, and for the 29th month in a row, returns were up in January 2021 compared to the same month last year.