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Thu
16
Nov
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A lofty goal for an iconic Ouray sign

Thu
16
Nov

River district proposal not ready for introduction

The Uncompahgre River Overlay District ordinance, originally introduced several months ago, proposes to protect the river by using setbacks and development standards to regulate development.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The Uncompahgre River Overlay District saga continued at the regular town council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 8, but in a calmer manner than more recent sessions. Still some time away from the official public hearing process, council took further comment from the public, including a suggestion from two attorneys that may help solve dilemmas for smaller parcels in the UROD.
Following a work session mid-October, town staff was directed to compile all the comments from both public and council and return to this month’s regular meeting with another draft ordinance for introduction. This isn’t the first time the draft has been deemed ready for introduction by council, but like its other appearances, it failed to reach the next stage of adoption.
Wednesday’s introductory draft sported changes made from the October work session, including...

Thu
16
Nov

Mayor breaks tie to adopt lower speed limit ordinance

With adoption of the speed limit reduction by town council last Wednesday, town staff will soon be changing out signs to ones that read 15 miles per hour.

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by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Drivers will soon have to take an extra glance at their speedometers while traveling through Ridgway, after a 3-2 adoption of an ordinance mandating a drop in speed limit at the monthly council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 8. The ordinance, which goes into effect next month, lowers the limit from 20 miles per hour to 15 on all town streets, excluding Railroad Street and state highways.
After a 4-2 vote to introduce the ordinance in October, the vote to pass was even more contentious. With council members Erica Young and Vicki Hawse absent from Wednesday’s meeting, Mayor John Clark was forced to...

Sat
11
Nov

Road committee change may improve effectiveness


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The role of the road committee and the way it operates may change, after a discussion between county commissioners and committee members. Commissioners Ben Tisdel and John Peters suggested the change at the Nov. 6 road committee meeting, citing the recent difficulty of reaching a quorum, poor attendance by some committee members and the looming question of the committee’s true purpose.
The Board of County Commissioners appoints seven volunteer Road Committee members, who meet monthly.
The change would do away with...

Fri
10
Nov

Voters approve tax increases for courthouse, school


by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com


On Tuesday voters approved a sales tax increase to fund courthouse renovations and a mill levy override to give Ouray School’s budget some relief. Makeup of the Ouray City Council will not change after the Nov. 7 coordinated election. The Ouray School board of directors will have two new members, and two incumbents won reelection.
Total ballots cast in the county were 2,093, out of 4,439 registered voters. Only voters in the City of Ouray voted in the council election, and only voters in Ouray School District voted on the mill levy override and board of directors election.

Courthouse renovation
By a vote of 1224 to 852, county sales tax was increased by 0.55 percent to fund an approximate $8 million courthouse renovation project. The increase will sunset in 20 years.
The county will apply for...

Wed
08
Nov
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Election results are in

OURAY COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS

County courthouse renovation sales tax increase: For 1224; Against 852
Ouray School mill levy override: For 502; Against 321
Ouray mayor race: Larson 349; Maurer 151
Ouray city council race: Boyd 331; Hilton 271
Ouray school board one two-year term: Disser, unopposed
Ouray school board three four-year terms: Skoloda 615; Kern 481; Williams 463
See Thursday's Ouray County Plaindealer for full coverage.

Thu
26
Oct

Team effort is solving pool temps problem

Soakers in the overlook pool enjoyed the 103 degree temperature on Wednesday, up from the average of the past week. Although water temperatures at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool aren't reaching ideal levels, the city, designer and construction companies behind the recent renovation are working together to solve the problem.

Plaindealer photo by Beecher Threatt


by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Sun
22
Oct
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City makes Batt offer for city administrator position

(Left to right) Joe Wilson, Jonathan Batt and Andrew Varner are introduced by Mark Garcia to a crowd of Ouray residents Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Community Center. Wilson, Batt and Varner are the three finalists for the Ouray city administrator position.
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by Alan Todd    
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Mon
16
Oct

Road closures scheduled for US 550

CDOT has scheduled roadside maintenance operations on US 550 north of Ridgway, starting Tuesday, Oct. 17.


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Motorists may experience intermittent road closures on US 550 north of Ridgway starting Oct. 17 due to roadside maintenance operations conducted by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The work is scheduled to begin this Tuesday and to finish the following Friday, Oct. 20. The work zone is about 10 miles north of Ridgway and just south of the Montrose County line near Colona. 

Fri
08
Sep

Courthouse funding measure to be on ballot

Courthouse

November's ballot will feature a question on county courthouse renovation.


by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com


County commissioners voted unanimously to ask voters to approve a county sales tax increase from 2 percent to 2.55 percent for up to 20 years to fund renovation and restoration of the courthouse. The decision came during a special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 6.

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