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Orchard City approves plan, talks road issues

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The Orchard City Town Board adopted a newly revised version of the town's Master Plan at its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 14.

Adoption was preceded by a public hearing at which no public comment was offered. A prior planning commission public hearing on the revised Master Plan also attracted no public comment. The document has been redrafted in-house by work of the planning commission and town staff, the DCI was told.

The trustees also heard a presentation from Delta County Economic Development requesting an increase in the town's annual contribution. Orchard City currently gives $1,000 per year to DCED and the organization is asking that be doubled to $2,000 per year. The trustees are just beginning their annual budget hearing cycle for 2017 and took no action on the request.

In other business at the meeting, trustees dealt with the following matters:

• Trustees discussed a number of issues regarding town roads. At least two important culverts are plugged or not functioning properly and are either current problems or threaten to cause damage.

The sub base of Austin Road is threatening to fail in a certain location.

And, trustees held a discussion on the idea of asking voters to approve a first ever town sales tax with some portion of the money raised going to road maintenance. The idea was proposed by former trustee Len Johnson during constituent time.

• Staff reported that some of the new bleachers and team benches for Orchard City Park have arrived. It was decided that most would be left packaged in storage this year and assembled and set up for use next season.

• The trustees approved donating the older wooden bleacher sets from the Field of Dreams and Orchard City Park to Cedaredge High School which has requested them.

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