OURAY COUNTY: County road map adopted despite USFS claims

By Sheridan Block

After nearly 50 years without an update, a new county road map was finally adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

The BOCC had continued the public hearing for adoption of the proposed map and resolution, having extended the public comment period to discuss items of clerical alignment, omission and inclusion and the revised resolution.
Public hearings began on June 25, opening with public comment. BOCC deliberations continued on July 1 and the hearing was extended to July 22.
During the public comment period on Tuesday, the board heard from Britt Hay, who questioned the status of Bible Camp Road (the connector road between Sims Mesa and Dave Wood), which was not outlined on the map. Chair Lynn Padgett told Hay that there are several unknown public and private roads not listed on the county road map and that his road is not included in the map because staff did not identify it as a primary or secondary route. Additionally, Deputy Clerk of the Board Hannah Hollenbeck explained that she is still in the process of conducting additional legal research and noted that the road may have been recognized by a different name or not named at all.
Likewise, County Road 22 resident Patricia Matthews asked the BOCC for clarification on property lines.
The board noted that staff will further research those specific cases and may make adjustments to the map and exhibits as needed, per the proposed resolution.
A major concern of the board surrounded a letter from the U.S. Forest Service dated July 18. In the letter from District Ranger Tammy Randall-Parker, the Forest Service claims...

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