Neal Schwieterman

NEWS
6:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Paonia Cuts Staff To Address Budget Deficit, Considers Rate Hikes

Paonia Town Manager Jane Berry, left, discusses the town's 2015 budget.

Tuesday night the Paonia Board of Trustees approved the town’s budget for 2015.

Town officials say Paonia is in a ‘fiscal crisis’ and tough choices were made to address its budget deficit. 

The town will cut three staff members by the end of this year. 

Pink slips have been handed to the town clerk, a police officer and a sanitation worker.

Recently hired town manger Jane Berry says the layoffs were necessary to help close Paonia’s $410,000 budget deficit.

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Loacl News
5:42 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Paonia Mayor Explains the Condition of the Streets in Town

Third Street from Grand Avenue to the Paonia Public Library is bumpy and dusty. Broken sewer pipes were repaired beneath the road, and the Town is getting bids for patching, repaving or possibly using concrete to repair the street.

Anyone familiar with Paonia knows that the streets are in bad shape, especially along one four-block stretch on Third Street between Grand Avenue and the public library.

It’s not only the streets that are bumpy in Paonia. The last year has been an up-and-down ride for Paonia’s mayor. From the BLM’s decision to offer and then withdraw lease parcels in the North Fork, to the guilty plea entered by the town’s former employee for embezzling some $400,000 from the public coffers, there has been no shortage of drama. But what about the streets?

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BLM Oil and Gas Leases
9:06 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Crowd Gathers to Question BLM in Paonia

The community gathers to question the BLM regarding natural gas leases.

What would have been a sparsely attended regular council meeting turned into a crowded and contentious event when state BLM officials visited Paonia to talk about pending gas leases in the North Fork Valley on Tuesday, January 22. KVNF’s Marty Durlin talked to Paonia Mayor Neal Schwieterman on the morning after.

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