Extension of the sidewalk ending just west of the Paonia Library on Third Street to the Samuel Wade Bridge is slated for completion this fall.
A citizen's complaint about the narrow road and its abrupt drop-off at the shoulder prompted prioritization of the project, said trustee Bill Bear. "I think it's a natural extension of the sidewalk and I think it will improve safety for people walking that area."
Bear and trustee Mary Bachran serve on the town Public Works Committee. Both trustees "truly believe that the extension of that sidewalk to the bridge... is something that the town should budget for," said Town Administrator Ken Knight.
Trustees awarded a contract to Delta-based C&N Construction, which quoted $17,485 to pour the five-foot-wide, roughly 300-foot-long section of concrete sidewalk and pan curb and gutter. C&N is completing a $47,500 project to install and repair several handicap ramps in town and repair damaged sections of sidewalk. Once complete, they will begin work on the Third Street section.
By using C&N the town will save a significant amount on mobilization and de-mobilization costs, said Knight.
Funds will come from a windfall of more than $17,000 the town will receive from the Highway Users Tax Fund. Treasurer Ross King explained that the state will distribute $37.12 million in additional HUTF revenue in fiscal year 2018 and $11.25 million in FY 2019 to municipalities and counties throughout the state. The town budgeted $48,000 in highway user tax revenues for fiscal year 2018, and received its additional $13,329 portion of the distribution in July.
The balance of the funds will come from the Public Works budget, to be repaid upon receipt of the 2019 HUFT distribution.
The state statute approving the distribution of funds identifies the approved uses of the funds "and this project falls under the uses that have been described in this section," said King.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.