During Orchard City's work session on April 3, Trooper Brett Hilling, Colorado State Patrol, was invited by the trustees to discuss some of the town's concerns regarding liability, speed limits and unsigned intersections within the Town of Orchard City.
Regarding the speed limits, Hilling explained that the state sets the speed limits on every road in Colorado, including residential areas and county roads, unless otherwise posted by the local community.
According to Hilling, the state's rule of thumb is "reasonable and prudent." That means that drivers are not to go faster than is safe for the conditions, nor are they to exceed the posted speed limit.
The State Patrol considers Highway 65 to be a "hot spot" due to the recent number of fatal accidents along the highway corridor. Hilling told the trustees that in an attempt to prevent future fatalities the CSP intends to increase patrols along Highway 65 hoping to get drivers to slow down, drive safely and within the posted speed limits.
Hilling said some of the signage along Highway 65 needs to be reviewed. As an example he pointed out that the speed limit coming north out of Eckert jumps from 30 mph to 55 mph without any incremental increases, demonstrating that changes are needed.
Following Hilling's discourse, the trustees discussed at some length the bids received to replace the Pheasant Run water mainlines.
According to public works director Mike Morgan, out of the seven bids received, the two low bids came in from Kissner General Contractors and Peterson Excavating, with Kissner the lowest bid.
Since no decisions can be made at a work session, the contract will be awarded during the next regular meeting on Wednesday, April 10.
The trustees also reviewed the pros and cons regarding a possible trade of water shares with the Meadow View Estates. The trade would involve an exchange of some of the town's water shares (non-domestic) from Surface Creek for shares of Meadow View's water from Leon Reservoir (decreed for domestic use).
According to trustee Jim Boyd the biggest concern is the possible collapse of a 500-foot tunnel built back in 1898 to deliver water from Leon Lake to this side of the Grand Mesa. Mayor Don Suppes recommended that any further discussion regarding this matter be taken up at the next work session.
The trustees also discussed:
• renewal of the annual contract with the Field of Dreams;
• building a display to equally represent all the schools historically located within Orchard City. The list of schools will be determined and includes the Eckert, Fairview, Mounds and either Trickle Bridge or Tongue Creek schools;
• the process for leasing water to the Grand Mesa Water Users Association;
• a 3.2 liquor license renewal for Silver State; and
• a re-plat for lot 1 of the Marshalls Subdivision.blog comments powered by Disqus