Mayor Nathan Schultz opened the Board of Trustees meeting Monday night by recognizing and thanking the town maintenance crew for their exemplary work on the water leak that occurred March 6. Town Administrator/Clerk Kelly Lotrich also gave credit to the crew, stating they all worked diligently and had the repairs done in a six-hour time frame.

Schultz then introduced and welcomed the town's new police chief, Jeff Worth. The vote to hire Worth took place Feb. 11, but Worth was unable to attend that meeting.

In attendance Monday was Becca Sharp, chairman of the Missouri Day Committee. She asked the board for permission to place a ramp at Park School for the Missouri Day Art Show.

Sharp said the materials for the ramp are being donated by Pat Bouldin, in memory of her late husband, Ray Bouldin, and the construction of the ramp will be done by members of the First Baptist Church.

Trustees Tracy Nelson and Jonathan Buford asked for a count of people who attend the Art Show and, also, expressed concern about the appearance of the ramp.

”It shouldn’t matter if there are 5 or 200 people, it’s a tradition of Missouri Day," said Sharp.

Sharp's request passed on a 2-1 vote, with Nelson and Andy Lotrich voting in the affirmative, and Buford voting against. Absent from the meeting were Trustees Diana Saxon and Shawn Swope.

The board of trustees also voted to allow Jim Damgaard access to Park School, to ensure the electrical systems are up to code for the art show. Sharp said Damgaard has offered his time for the work, and the Missouri Day Committee will absorb the cost of any supplies Damgaard may need. The motion passed unanimously.

Sharp requested permission to store items related to the Missouri Day and Fowler Fall festivals in a vacant room in Park School. The board unanimously approved that request, as well, with the stipulation that the town would not be held liable for damage or theft of said items.

The trustees also agreed, on a 3-0 vote, to allow the Missouri Day Committee to use town water for any kids’ activities in the park during the festivities.

In other news:

The board approved Resolution No. 1045-19, appointing Lucas Boyd as the Town of Fowler meter reader.

Boyd has been interim meter reader since the resignation of John Gilreath in January. Boyd will continue to perform all required duties as a public works employee in addition to being the meter reader. His hourly wage increased from $12.38 per hour to $12.63 per hour.

Also approved by the trustees was the Liquor License Renewal and Modification of Premise for Loaf 'N Jug.

The purchase of 135 acre-feet of water from Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District (SECWCD) at the price of $12.35 per acre-foot was unanimously approved. The water is stored in the Pueblo Reservoir.

Fowler town board meetings are held the second Monday of the month, starting at 6 p.m., at 317 Main Street. The meetings are open to the public.