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Town to do minor improvement work on Reservoir Hill

Minor road improvements on Reservoir Hill Road are slated to be completed this month.

The improvements will consist of gravel being placed on the upper parts of the road and removal of a few trees from particularly narrow portions of the road. Town Manager David Mitchem gave an estimate of $6,000, with all work being completed in-house.

Mitchem expressed worry about the road’s condition when there is rain, especially during big events like the Four Corners Folk Festival, set for Sept. 2.

Trustee Darrel Cotton, not opposing the road improvements, made his wish known that more improvements on a larger scale should be looked at for Reservoir Hill. “We need to take a look at what the hill can accommodate,” Cotton said. “Fix it for music events.”

Because the festival’s date is so close, the council decided to move forward with the minor improvements. Other possible improvements will be discussed at a later, unspecified date.

The council, however, did not move forward with a sidewalk improvement initiative, opting instead to move the discussion to a work session.

According to Town Planning Director James Dickhoff, the areas of sidewalk to be upgraded would be on the south sides of First and Second streets.

“The downtown sidewalk does need some TLC,” Dickhoff told the council.

The preliminary estimate for the project came to $100,000 with a dozen street lights, curb and gutter removal and replacement, and new sidewalk of six feet wide, as compared to the current four and a half feet. The estimate factored in a 50-percent contribution from property owners on the cost of the sidewalk.

Cotton disagreed with the split cost proposition.

“We have already set precedents; I don’t think we can change them,” Cotton said.

The precedent in reference was the sidewalk improvement done on the 400 block of Lewis Street, for which the town paid the entire cost.

No action will be taken on the item until after a Thursday, Aug. 11, work session. A new estimate of costs will be ready by that date.

In other business at the council meeting:

• It was noted the Town Tourism Committee (TTC) will produce a smaller visitor guide for 2012, to be sent out using first class instead of bulk mail. There will be no advertising, director of TTC Jennifer Green said. The intent, Green said, is that with the guide arriving sooner in the mail, individuals will be more likely to decide that Pagosa will be their vacation destination.

“It’s worth a try,” Trustee Stan Holt said.

• It was determined a committee will be formed to monitor marijuana legislative developments at the state level. Chief of Police Bill Rockensock said that meetings will be held to discuss developments as they happen.

• August 16 will now be recognized by the town as Harold “Gib” Gibson Day. Gibson, a Pagosa local, will turn 93 this month. Gibson had an illustrious career, with 68 years of flying experience, including World War II and the Korean War.

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