The county commissioners, acting at their regular bi-monthly meeting on May 16, adopted terms of a policy for taking private subdivision roads into the county system for future maintenance.
In addition, the commissioners designated a list of seven roads that immediately qualify for inclusion in the county system. A second list of six subdivision roads could qualify for inclusion once a proper request is submitted to the planning department.
Roads that currently qualify are Archway Road in the Vista Valley subdivision; Snaffle Bit Road in the Snaffle Bit subdivision; Paradise Road, Friendship Road and Pleasant Valley Road all in the Pleasant Valley subdivision; Wild Turkey Lane in the Myers Subdivision; and Sol Vista Lane in the Puesta Del Sol subdivision.
The roads have been inspected by the county engineering and planning staffs. The roads have been found to meet three basic criteria: they have been constructed to meet and still meet county standards; they are paved with asphalt (no gravel or concrete-paved roads will be accepted for the county maintenance program); and the roads have been found to be in good to excellent condition.
One other requirement of the county policy has also been met for the seven roads on the list: an authorized representative of the subdivision in which the roads are located has submitted a written request to the county "asking for consideration of maintenance for the specific road."
Commissioners also endorsed a second list of six additional private subdivision roads that meet the new policy criteria, but which have not been requested for inclusion on the county's maintenance list. Those roads are the following: Violetta and LJ Road in the Hilltop Minor Resource subdivision; Dry Creek Road in the Dry Creek subdivision; 1940 Road in the Adobe Sunsets subdivision; and Harold Drive and Ruth Lane in the Sun-Rise subdivision.
There were another nine roads evaluated under the policy which were found to fall short of county standards. They are the following: Hidden Mesa Lane in the Hidden Mesa subdivision; Simmental Road and Baldy Court in the Rolling Hills subdivision; Stirrup Creek Road in the Stirrup Creek subdivision; Wynd Ridge Road in the Wynd Ridge subdivision; D Road in the Crawford South subdivision; Serenity Court and Carriage Drive in the Heritage Estates subdivision; and Stear-
man Lane in the Stearman/Crawford Airport subdivision.
The county reckons annual maintenance costs per mile of a gravel road at $1,876; annual maintenance cost per mile for a paved road $1,238; and state funding from gasoline tax per mile of road at $1,617.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.