by Mary Menz
A dozen of Ouray’s business owners and city council members met Jan. 17 in a work session to explore options for public restrooms in the downtown area. The meeting followed an online survey encouraging business owners and residents to weigh in on public restroom options.
Seventy-five percent of the 232 respondents agreed that the city should purchase property in the downtown area to build public restrooms. The respondents were split on the question whether the restrooms at Fellin Park should be renovated, indicating that respondents believe it is important to consider restroom needs at the north end of town and midtown.
“I would say that, just by the survey, restrooms in the Main Street area are most needed,” said city administrator Katie Sickles. Ninety-one percent of survey respondents also said that more signage is needed directing visitors to public restrooms.
Sickles shared with attendees that OSHA requires businesses to...