First State Bank of Colorado has approached the Town of Hotchkiss about its three lots at Second and Bridge. The corner lots are empty and they would like to share costs with the town for earth work and laying road base.
The lots could then be used for parking.
The cost estimate is $4,000. The bank would like to pay one half and have the town pick up the remainder. The downside is that the three lots are currently for sale. So, this would be a temporary parking lot.
Mike Owens, public works director, is opposed to the town improving private property. He believes that most of the time the parking lot would be vacant. Owens said there is a town parking lot close to the post office which the town should spend its money on improving.
Dustyn Foster, trustee, suggested that perhaps the Orton Foundation and the Heart and Soul Project would be interested in helping financially with the temporary parking lot.
Jim Briscoe, town attorney, was asked to speak with the bank's board of directors about the provisions of its proposal.blog comments powered by Disqus