RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Town Council approved an expenditure of $16,000 for drainage improvement at the town’s Athletic Park. The opportunity to improve ground water drainage from the park coincides with, and depends upon, excavation work planned by a nearby land owner.
Public Works Director/Engineer Joanne Fagan told town council that she isn’t sure if the land owner is ready to go ahead with the project, but when he or she is, the town will have the money ready to move forward with the drainage pipe.
“Our thinking is that it would provide an exit and we will see if it would de-water some of the site,” Town Manager Greg Clifton said at the Jan. 14 meeting. “With an excavator on sight, we saw that we could utilize the existing services and do what it is that we had planned to do.”
The expenditure, originally set at $10,800, was increased to $16,000 at the meeting to cover the cost of the piping materials. Town council approved the expenditure with the understanding that it isn’t a done deal, and will get an update at the Feb. 11 meeting.
Fencing Approved on Hunter Parkway Right-of-Way
The Ridgway Town Council gave the go ahead on the installation of a split rail fence at the Ridgway Christian Center. Some of the fence’s placement would lie within the Hunter Park right-of-way.
The approval to Modern Landscaping LLC has no conveyance of a property right and was approved by council to be a revocable permit should the town at some point in the future decide to do something else with the right-of-way.
The basic intent of the fence is to define the existing parking area of the Christian Center to prevent “weekend drive-ins and parkers and to enhance the overall appearance of the property,” stated Daniel Zaugg of Modern Landscaping in a letter to town council.
Moving the fence onto the town’s right of way would allow for the fence to be built without having to excavate existing asphalt.
“Given that it is a revocable permit, I don’t see any issues with this,” said Councilmember Eric Johnson.
Mayor Pat Willits agreed. “I like approving this with a revocable permit.”
Council unanimously approved the fencing.
Ordinance Details Master Planning Approval Process
Although the Ridgway Town Council and the Ridgway Planning and Zoning Commission have been following statutory processes in the town’s code, last week the Ridgway Town Council approved an ordinance that lays out the process concerning master plan recommendations and approvals between the two entities.
“We stumbled upon a charter provision that spoke to how the master planning process is to be conducted,” said Greg Clifton, Ridgway’s town manager. “We are trying to get the code in line with the charter.
“We have followed statutory process in the code and there has always been a very good planning commission recommendation followed by a town council approval process. This [ordinance] is getting it in line with what our charter says we need to do.”
The approved ordinance states three powers and duties of the planning commission: one – to discharge duties specified for planning commission or zoning commission in a town ordinance or town code; two – to make recommendations to council upon referral or otherwise concerning matters related to planning, zoning and land use regulation’ and three – to make recommendations for adoption of, or amendments to, a master plan.