The Granby Board of Directors met as the Grand Elk General Improvement District Council on Tuesday evening before its regular meeting. As a general improvement district council, they discussed ideas to fund repairs to the section of Thompson Road from Highway 40 to the Grand Elk neighborhood.
City Manager Ted Cherry presented his Thompson Road memo to council, saying city staff would like to know if the Improvement District Council would be willing to cover the cost of repairs.
City Attorney Nathan Krob wrote in a memo that legal responsibility for the repairs would likely rest with the Grand Elk Owners Association or Dillon Cos., the company that owns the Thompson Road mall. The agenda file included a 2016 letter from lawyers for the owners association claiming no liability for the road, a position reiterated by David Hall, the president of the Grand Elk Owners Association, during public comments.
“The city attorney has opinions on (issues) that we have very, very different opinions on,” Hall said. “One of the things our attorney told me over the weekend is that this (memo) is written as an invitation. Come and sue us. We don’t want to do this. We don’t want to sue the town.
Cherry wrote in his memo that former Grand Elk Owner Association executives approved of the idea that the improvement district and the city would share any costs that Dillon Cos. would not cover. Although Cherry spoke with Don Forrest of Dillon Cos. and mall property manager Aileen Phillips from covering some of the costs, he stressed their participation was not guaranteed.
Several community members spoke during the public comment period on the Thompson Road issue, including Hall. He backed up the pressure on Dillon Cos. to help with repairs and said the homeowners association, which pays to plow Thompson Road in the winter, has not received any financial assistance for snow removal from Dillon Cos. until they send a letter threatening not to clear the road at all. .
“It’s property that we don’t own,” Hall said. “We didn’t destroy it. Trucks destroyed it, who deliver there for City Market. Dillon Cos. owns it, it’s their responsibility, and it shouldn’t be taken out of the pockets of the people of Grand Elk.
After further discussions with the board, trustees asked staff to put a discussion of Thompson Road on the future agenda, hoping that more meetings between the parties and legal analysis in the interval will contribute to reaching a solution.
The board approved a resolution agreeing to a settlement and a general mutual release for a dispute the city had with Reclamation Ridge. The city revoked a gravel pit permit from the company on Jan. 25 after owner Ken Evans failed to sign an amendment to the permit. This came after complaints about an illegal dump site on the Reclamation Ridge property.
- The Board approved the minutes of the Grand Elk General Improvement District meeting of May 24, the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting of July 12 and the accounts payable of July 26.
- David Buckley, the Republican candidate for Colorado State House of Representatives, District 13, spoke during public comments to introduce himself to the board.
- Danielle Grosslova spoke during public comments to ask council to provide better employee benefits and ask about water management in the Grand Meadows Subdivision.
- Trustees approved moving their first November meeting to Wednesday, November 9 to avoid Election Day on November 8. They also canceled meetings on November 22 and December 27 due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
- The council passed a resolution to coordinate the town’s regular elections with the Grand County November elections.
- The city’s chief financial officer, Sharon Spurlin, told the council she could transfer the city’s debt to another bank to get a lower interest rate and presented a sales tax report during the updating administrative staff.
- Administrator Jeffery Sneddon provided an economic development update, citing a Denver Post article on Destination Granby, the success of Music & Market, the Dream Builder female entrepreneurship program and Recast Citywhich strives to introduce small industry into small towns.
- Councilor Nicole Schafer gave an update from the Housing Committee which included a summary of the current housing market in Granby, a mention of the Fraser River Valley Housing Partnership meeting last week and an update on housing restrictions. deed for the city’s Highway 40 Affordable Housing Project.
- Administrator Chris Michalowski said in the public works update that the water services shed near the skatepark has been completed.
- Cherry gave updates on a salary survey and interviews for the assistant general manager position
- Mayor Josh Hardy mentioned Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days conference Sept 13-15 and an issue the Moffat Railroad Museum has with weeds in their update.