Board considers extending Ridgway Fire District

by Carolina King

Five owners of property on the upper portion of County Road 5 have requested to become part of Ridgway Fire Protection District. The district board convened a hearing Tuesday evening to discuss the request and to take public comment, but no decision was made.
The district currently extends 7.3 miles up CR 5 to the cattle-guard near the intersection of CR 5A and the sign that advises no winter maintenance beyond that point.  
This is also the beginning of the 0.9 mile that has been grandfathered in by the county as eligible for a yearly Winter Maintenance Agreement, allowing property owner Craig Morrison to plow to his property.
This year the WMA was not signed by Morrison, after he and other property owners unsuccessfullly requested a WMA that allowed for further plowing and a longer term.
Instead of signing an amended WMA approved by the Board of County Commissioners, Morrison and other upper CR 5 property owners, many of whom are also asking to be in the Ridgway Fire District, filed a lawsuit and requested an injunction against the county. They claim they have the right to...

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