Town of Rico
June 2002 Newsletter

Water Conservation

The Board of Trustees strongly encourages the public to practice water conservation during this drought year. If the drought continues, water restrictions may be implemented.


Law Enforcement and Municipal Court

The Town has established a municipal court and has hired a town marshal to enforce state and local laws, traffic, and municipal codes—including violations of the Rico Land Use Code and animal ordinances.

Scott T. Erickson is the municipal judge for the Town of Rico. Mr. Erickson is a practicing attorney from Telluride who brings to the municipal court extensive experience and expertise.

Todd Jay Plewe is the new town prosecutor. Mr. Plewe is a well-qualified practicing attorney from Cortez who is committed to serving the public interest.

Town Clerk Linda Yellowman will serve as the municipal clerk. Watch out!

Tom Halper is the new town marshal. Mr. Halper is a well-qualified licensed peace officer and respected deputy sheriff with the Dolores County Sheriff’s Department.

The Town of Rico is pleased to have the aforementioned individuals on board.

The Town would also like to thank Ironclad Embroidery for donating designed uniforms for the town marshal.

Historic Restoration Projects

There are three historic restoration projects underway in Town. The first project is restoration of the Rico Courthouse. The Town has entered into a contract with the State Historic Society to begin Phase I restoration, which involves mostly exterior work.

The second project is an historic assessment of the Rico Mercantile. The assessment is a required step before grant funding for restoration work can be obtained.

The third project is an historic assessment of the Rico Masonic Lodge. This project is being managed by the Rico Historical Society. One objective of the Historical Society is to open a town museum/visitor’s center in the building.

Each of the projects mentioned above are funded by the Colorado State Historical Society through the State Historical Fund.


Dolores County Health Clinic

The next Rico Well Family Clinics will be 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on June 6th and July 11th.

If you have any questions about the services offered, contact Joyce Waller at 677-2387.

Main Street Beautification

Jolynn Heil and other volunteers would like to set up flower boxes on Main Street. Each completed planter is expected to cost $70. If anyone would like to make a contribution, make your check payable to the Rico Business Association and send it to the following address:
Rico Business Association
c/o Judy Schaefer
P.O. Box 266
Rico, CO 81332

The Town would like to thank Jolynn Heil and other volunteers associated with this project. Volunteering can make a difference!


Meeting Dates and Times

All meetings are conducted at the Rico Town Hall.


July 4th

Under the leadership of Judy Schaefer, the Rico Business Association is once again organizing events such as Ute dancers for the 4th of July parade.

If anyone would like to make a contribution, make your check payable to the Rico Business Association and send it to the following address:
Rico Business Association
c/o Judy Schaefer
P.O. Box 266
Rico, CO 81332

The Town would like to thank Judy Schaefer and the Rico Business Association for their efforts.


Draft River Corridor Plan

A draft Dolores River Corridor Plan has been developed. This project was funded, in part, by Great Outdoors Colorado and developed under the guidance of Eric Heil after obtaining years—literally—of public input.

If you have any questions or comments about the draft river corridor plan, contact the Town Hall.


San Juan Skyway Project

The Town of Rico has agreed to be the lead agency in a regional grant to develop a conservation plan to preserve scenic corridors along the San Juan Skyway. Ouray County, San Miguel County, Montezuma County, and San Juan County are the other participants. The planning grant is being funded by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs via the Energy Impact Assistance Fund via the Colorado Heritage Planning Grant Program.

This project is a vital first step in obtaining funding to preserve open space, develop trails, and protect the environmental quality of life in Rico.

The Fort Lewis College Office of Community Services is serving an important role in this regional planning effort.


Park Playground

Barbara Turrin and other volunteers are raising money to construct a children’s playground in the Town Park. If anyone would like to make a contribution, make your check payable to the Rico Children’s Group and send it to the following address:

Rico Children’s Group
c/o Barbara Turrin
PO Box 207
Rico, CO 81332

The Town would like to thank Barbara Turrin and other volunteers associated with this project. Volunteering can make a difference!

Rico Renaissance MOU Advisory Committee Makes Progress

(MOU: Memorandum of Understanding.)

The Rico Renaissance MOU Advisory Committee is beginning to make progress. The current focus of the committee is to identify suitable areas for development and mark areas that are important to the general population as sensitive.

The next meeting will be on June 13th at 6 PM. The committee expects to continue discussing the location of new development locations.

At the June 27th meeting, the committee plans on discussing the possibility of a light industrial and live/work area to be developed north of town.

The committee is composed of two town trustees, two planning commission members, and two “at large” members from the public.

The regular Rico Renaissance MOU Advisory Committee meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month at 6:00 PM.

Happy Father's Day!

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