The Town of Paonia recently adopted a set of policies and procedures to follow when plowing the snow from town streets.
"I think that this snow removal plan is something that was desperately needed," said trustee Bill Bear when the policy was first brought before the town board in August. Bear also serves on the town Public Works, Utilities and Facilities committee.
Per the plan, plowing, which will occur once snow begins to accumulate on street surfaces, will generally occur between the hours of 4 a.m. and midnight, based on a priority system.
Blue "Priority 1" streets include the busiest sections and main school bus routes and will be plowed first.
Green "Priority 2" streets will be plowed "to provide reasonable all-weather access as time and manpower permit."
Orange "Priority 3" sections are designated "local access" and "will be plowed only as time, funds and manpower permit."
Gray sections indicate "no snow removal," since those streets are either privately maintained or maintained by other agencies including Delta County. Dead-end streets without adequate room to safely turn equipment around will not be plowed.
Sanding of streets will occur only after plowing has been completed.
Street segments marked with arrows pointing outward indicate that snow will be plowed to the side of the street, while arrows pointing inward indicate that snow will be plowed to the center of the street. Once all the traffic lanes are clear, plows will return to further widen the streets as the priority system allows.
Vehicles parked in subdivisions, cul-de-sacs or on streets that are restricting the safe and continuous operation of snow plow equipment will not be plowed until those vehicles are removed.
The town asks that residents to be responsible for clearing snow around their mailboxes, since U.S. Postal regulations don't require carriers to deliver to mail boxes where safety issues exist.
The plan also offers tips for driving on snow and other information. Copies of the map and snow removal plan are available at Town Hall. Citizens can call the town at 527-4101 with questions and concerns.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.