The Orchard City trustees have agreed to send a letter to the Colorado Department of Transportation, endorsing the county's plans for a gravel truck haul route that eventually will run from the North Road pit to Highway 65 at Eckert.
The county is being required by CDOT to apply for an access permit for its 18-wheel, belly-dump, semi-tractor trailer gravel trucks to use the North Road-SH65 intersection as the primary haul route. Because the intersection is within Orchard City town limits, CDOT requires that the town agree to the county's plan as a condition of approving the access permit application.
Residents and businesses at the intersection have expressed opposition to the route. County officials have said the North Road gravel pit won't be placed into operation for another four to 10 years.
In other business at its regular Nov. 11 meeting, the Orchard City Town Board dealt with the following matters:
• Trustees discussed whether their $1,292 in annual dues to the Colorado Municipal League are being spent in ways they approve of. A recent mailing from the lobbying group offered advice from a college professor on how to spend the public's dollars on infrastructure projects that are needed because of effects from human-caused global warming.
Trustee Craig Fuller questioned the appropriateness of the mailing and its disputed, highly politicized premise being offered as policy advice to CML member governments.
Town administrator Melissa Oelke told trustees that the CML does provide useful legal advice on a call-in basis. That gives the town's membership dues to the organization some economic value, she explained.
The trustees decided they would discuss the CML membership cost at an upcoming budget work session. They are considering drafting a letter to CML stating objections to receiving unsolicited advice about basing policy decisions on unproven theories like "global warming."
• The town's water utility reported its best results on stopping treated water losses to date. After accounting for approximately ten percent loss that is considered unavoidable for a sprawling water distribution system like Orchard City's, the water loss audit for October showed a 2 percent unaccounted (i.e. unbilled) domestic water loss.
• Trustees voted to deny amended plats for two town subdivisions and a boundary adjustment. The complex plan for aligning parcel boundaries located partly within and without of the town limits was not satisfactory for trustees. The plan will be redrafted by property owners involved and resubmitted at a later time.
• A second access to parcel on Austin Road has been closed off n accordance with town regulations, reported staff.
• Student of the Month for November, Kenzie Henderson, was unable to accept her award in person because she is playing in the state volleyball tournament with her Cedaredge High School team.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.