Visitors have been filtering back onto Ouray’s Main Street the last couple of weeks, since retail stores reopened and hotels and motels began taking reservations again.
But it wasn’t until now that those folks had a place to go when Mother Nature calls.
The city reopened public bathrooms today (Thursday), much to the relief of both tourists and business owners who have no answer the last several weeks to the question: Where can I use the restroom?
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the city to close the bathrooms at City Hall, Citizens State Bank, Fellin and Rotary parks and along the Uncompahgre River at the north end of town, leaving cross-legged tourists with few options.
Ouray resident Dolgio Nergui told city councilors at their Monday afternoon meeting that she watched someone urinate on Main Street earlier that morning.
Acting City Administrator Melissa Drake told councilors the restrooms will be cleaned three times a day, seven days a week Current city staff will handle cleanings on the weekdays, while a part-time parks and maintenance seasonal employee will clean on the weekends.
In other business from Monday’s meeting:
• Councilors unanimously approved a request from the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department to shoot off a small fireworks display for the Ouray School graduation Sunday night. Firefighters will put on a 4-to-7-minute show.
• Councilors unanimously approved a request from the Ouray Public Library to waive fees to use the Community Center kitchen to prepare free youth lunches this summer. Lunches will be provided Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between May 28 and Aug. 20.