Delta city manager David Torgler reports that proposals and counterproposals for the potential swap of Cottonwood and Riverbend parks have come to naught. The city had been discussing the exchange with Bill St. James, owner of several parcels of land near the intersection of Highway 92 and 50, on the south side of the Gunnison River. The intent was to exchange the city-owned land on the north side of the river for property considered to be more visible and accessible. The city had explored both recreational and commercial uses for the land.
Although St. James withdrew his proposal, Torgler said St. James continues to work with the city as he explores opportunities for developing the entire parcel through other partnerships. He's reportedly also open to discussions with the city about river access and the development of trails on the south side of the Gunnison River.
The city still desires to spur commercial development on the north side of Highway 92, and is working to acquire the water system presently owned by Tri-County Water. City service currently stops at the end of Ute Street. Tri-County provides water service from that point, but its system is not built to accommodate fire suppression services. That's hampered development along Highway 92 east to Stafford Lane.
Kit Johnson, owner of Valley Sunset RV, has been working with city staff on a plan to expand his business, but can't proceed until the water system has been upgraded. During a previous discussion on water line needs for that business and others, the Delta Fire Department related stretching hoses across Highway 92 to deliver water to a fire in a house on 1675 Road.
The city has expressed a willingness to acquire and upgrade the water system to increase fire flow for all homes and businesses in the area, including Valley Sunset RV.