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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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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 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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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.

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At the next meeting of the Buena Vista board of trustees, the board will hold a public hearing on an amendment to Chapter 14 of the municipal code creating a fee for new development intended to help the town’s water rights portfolio keep pace with the growth of Buena Vista.

John Albert Daugherty, 46, a nurse practitioner at the Buena Vista Health Clinic, died Thursday morning, March 4, on his way to work from Salida in a head-on collision with a Colorado Department of Transportation snowplow.

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A prominent, if rough around the edges, feature of Buena Vista’s streetscape at the corner of U.S. Highway 24 and East Main was demolished Monday to make way for a public park space and the eventual construction of a welcome center building.

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As of press time Tuesday evening, one could squint at the lawn in front of the offices of The Chaffee County Times on East Main Street and see scattered sprigs of green grass venturing out of the earth otherwise covered in last seasons’s dry yellow shoots.

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When the Buena Vista board of trustees next meets March 9, they’ll hear reports on Chaffee County trash and revisit the town’s ordinance on barking dogs.

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Buena Vista closed out the year 2020 with a year-to-year increase of 20.7% in sales tax returns in the month of December.

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Chaffee County Public Health, the town of Buena Vista and Sangre de Cristo Electric Association combined resources to schedule Buena Vista’s first mass vaccination clinic Feb. 16.

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Two by two, vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association at the north end of town for Buena Vista’s first mass vaccination event. Chaffee County Public Health distributed 115 of the first round of shots of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

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The Buena Vista Historic Preservation Commission approved a 180-day stay of the demolition permit filed for the building on the corner of Chestnut and Railroad Streets, known in planning documents as the German Property after its previous occupants, but more commonly known as the Depot building.

In a quickly called special meeting Monday evening that culminated discussions that began just last week, the Buena Vist board of trustees voted unanimously to approve an assignment of a contract to buy real estate north of town for $1,385,000.

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Sales tax returns for the town of Buena Vista were up 9.81% in October and 18.04% in November 2020, town treasurer Michelle Stoke said in a memo to town trustees.

At the next meeting of the Buena Vista board of trustees, the board will begin discussion on how to allocate the costs to do maintenance work on the alley between South Court and Beldan streets, and will also vote on whether to adopt architectural design guidelines.

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The town of Buena Vista gave the green light Jan. 6 for interested parties to begin submitting applications for the second of two licenses to operate a retail or medical marijuana establishment within town limits.

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Was your New Year’s resolution to attend more meetings of the Buena Vista board of trustees? No? Here’s what you missed from the Jan. 12 meeting: