Ouray City Council approved a re-plat of four adjacent lots belonging to Heidi Albritton and Carol and Bill Hopkins, the proprietors of Billy Goat Gruff’s Biergarten at 408 Main Street. Albritton’s house is located behind the Biergarten, and the replat allows a lot split, so that either property can be sold without the other. The adjustments retain conforming lot sizes of more than 3,550 square feet per City Code §7-4-C-1 and do not affect City property or rights of way, according to City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli.
Ice Park Purchase
The long-awaited closing of a deal in which the City of Ouray will purchase a key parcel of land in the Ouray Ice Park from the United States Forest Service has been delayed until the first week of May. “The Forest Service recently changed internal procedures and now needs to post this project for public comment,” Rondinelli noted in a memo to council. The comment period ends on May 1, providing that there are no adverse comments.
Hot Springs Pool Closure
The Ouray Hot Springs Pool was drained Sunday evening for a seasonal shut-down; it will open again on April 23. The pool bathhouse remodel project is progressing, but has exceeded its original budget of $100,000 by $25,449 thus far. Council recently approved a project scope increase to $145,048.
Sales Tax Revenues Jump
City sales tax revenues received from the State of Colorado in the month of April, representing funds that were generated in February, show a 12 percent increase over the previous year, but are still significantly lagging behind 2009 and 2010. Sales tax figures representing revenues from the month of February over the past four years are as follows: 2012 – $32,702; 2011 – $29,820; 2010 – $34,073; 2009 – 36,947.