The Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation (PSCDC)presented an invoice to town council last week for the work it did during the second quarter of 2015, along with a progress report on the various projects it has undertaken this year.
While PSCDC Board President Jason Cox took a seat at the presenter’s table, council member Clint Alley recused himself. A large part of the PSCDC’s invoice was for a payment to the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce for administrative duties, and Alley is the director of the Chamber; if he had voted on the matter, or even remained in the room, it would have been considered a conflict of interest.
Such situations are hard to avoid in a small town, where so many people step up to serve the community and, in one way or another, everyone seems to have a connection to everyone else.
Once he was settled, Cox began his presentation by explaining how the PSCDC’s invoice was structured. It was itemized to show where every dollar was spent, and the total was divided into thirds. The PSCDC would pay one-third of the invoice out of its own funds while asking the town and Archuleta County to pay the other two-thirds.