TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Town Council approves bus service agreement
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 23:54
By Bill Tiedje
Ridgway Town Council has entered an agreement with Roadrunner Stage Lines, part of the non-profit Southern Ute Community Action Program, which will offer bus service between Durango and Grand Junction via Telluride and Ridgway twice daily.
Town council also approved the use of the visitor's center parking area near the county fairgrounds as a pick up and drop off location. This action required coordination between the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce, which leases the property from the town, and Ouray County, which owns portions of the entrance.
Tickets for the bus service will be sold by RACC volunteers at the visitor's center. Service is expected to start in mid-July.
Also at last week's meeting, an application to the Colorado Department of Transportation Rapid Acceleration Maintenance Project for project funding relative to the Highway 62 three lane project was approved. Submission of a Department of Local Affairs mini grant for various town improvements, such as the new stage, was also approved.
Joan Chismire of the Main Street Committee presented the committee's planned improvements along Clinton Street. These include installation of a 10 foot long, four foot high metal fencing trestle to accommodate climbing vine plants including cascade hops, paying homage to Colorado Boy's local brewing tradition. Other planned improvements include a bench created from an old ski chairlift, sunflower plantings and several half bowl planters with a number of flowering plants.
Council appointed three new members, Joanne Taplin, Ann Cheeks and Rick Bickhart, to the Creative District committee, and future events were discussed including monthly full moon walks to commence on July 22 and a starry night event yet to be scheduled.
The council discussed possible detours and alternative parade routes in response to a Colorado Department of Transportation request for a detour during parades. CDOT approved the Ridgway Heritage Days Parade route but alternatives were considered for the Labor Day parade, including changing the parade route to Clinton Street or turning left off of Sherman Street onto Lena Street instead of Railroad Street to allow highway traffic to detour through side streets.
The town entered into a loan and grant agreement with the Colorado Water Conservation Board as well as a DOLA grant for the Lake Otonowanda Municipal Reservoir Renovation Project.
A 30 year lease agreement to the county for the fairgrounds was approved by town council in addition to a letter of support for other funding opportunities regarding the construction of new grandstands.