Town of Rico
August 2002 Newsletter

“ Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

August Town Board Meeting

Rico Town Hall, August 21, 2002, 7:00 PM

Call to Order
Roll Call
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes: July 15, 2002
Approval of Bills
Approval of Treasurer’s Report
Public Comment

Standing Committee Report
a. Planning Commission

Staff Report
a. Town Manager
b. Public Works
c. Town Clerk
d. Town Attorney

Old Business
a. Adoption of an Ordinance Model Traffic Code/2nd Reading

New Business
a. 1st Reading of Ordinance 2002 -, Amending the Year 2002 Town Budget and Approving Supplemental Appropriations of Money
b. Intergovernmental Agreement with Rico Fire Protection District Regarding Payment of Excise Tax


“When anger arises, think of the consequences.” – Confucius

Water Conservation

The drought is becoming more severe. Recently, the Town signed an emergency water users agreement with the Dolores Water Conservancy District for 15-acre feet. Please conserve water!

“Moral indignation is jealously with a halo.” – H.G. Wells

Regular Meeting Dates and Times

All meetings are conducted at the Rico Town Hall.

“ A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
– Sir Winston Churchill

Ordinance No. 2002-2: An Emergency Ordinance Enacting a Fire Ban

The Town has adopted a fire ban ordinance. The following fires or burning are prohibited until repealed: outdoor burning; campfires; trash fires; the use of charcoal and other non-gas grills; welding and the use of torches except in contained areas free of flammable material; smoking outdoors in any area where flammable materials exists on the ground; lighting of fireworks; and, igniting of explosives.

A complete copy of the ordinance is available for public inspection at the Town Hall.

“The difference between ‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’ is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was ‘involved’ – the pig was ‘committed’.” - unknown

San Juan Skyway Project

The San Juan Skyway is a 232-mile scenic and historic byway and is one of only fourteen byways designated as an All-American Road due to its exceptional intrinsic qualities. The area along the Skyway corridor is ripe for growth. There is growing concern in the local community and region that growth and development pressures will threaten the very qualities that lead to the national recognition of the byway.

To help control growth and protect scenic corridors and open space, the counties of San Juan, Ouray, San Miguel, Montezuma, and the Town of Rico have joined together in partnership under the philosophy “strength in numbers.” Together, these partners have successfully obtained a $95,000.00 grant to develop a conservation plan. The Town of Rico is the lead agency in the San Juan Skyway Heritage Initiative.

The project consists of preparing spatial analysis mapping for selected segments of private lands along the Skyway corridor that have been identified by the participating partners as having high conservation values (scenic, natural, historic, recreational) and have the potential of being developed. Land conservation values that will be mapped include scenic view sheds and ridgelines, wildlife habitat, proximity to roads, trails and streams, and potential soil erosion areas that may affect water quality. Upon completion of this mapping and analysis, the lands with the highest resource values and potential for development will be identified by each participating local government and strategies developed to protect those being of highest priority.

The San Juan Skyway Heritage Initiative is a vital first step in preserving open space in and near the vicinity of the Town of Rico. Once the Town and the other regional participants have a good plan in place, they will have the ability to lobby the State, Congress, and private land trust foundations for protection funding. The San Juan Skyway Heritage Initiative is based, in part, on the successful efforts of the Red Mountain Task Force, which has obtained $4.6 million for 2002 from Congress in their efforts to preserve 10,000 acres of endangered San Juan Mountain high country.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

Nuisance Ordinance

The Town would like to encourage all property owners to voluntarily abide by Ordinance 277, Section 4.N, which reads: Removal of inoperable or abandoned vehicle. Any inoperable and abandoned vehicle, or any abandoned vehicle, parked out of doors on any lot or piece of ground in the Town of Rico not removed from the town within thirty (30) days after the expiration of its registration, as determined by examining the license plate on the exterior of the vehicle, is a nuisance.”

An inoperable vehicle is “Any automobile, truck or self-propelled vehicle incapable of moving under its own power and which lacks a valid current license plate or does not comply with the minimum safety requirements of the Colorado Motor Vehicle Law.”

Again, the Town is asking property owners to voluntarily abide by Ordinance 277, Section 4.N. in order to prevent legal enforcement action.

“It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one’s doubts.”
– G.B. Burgin

ISO – Insurance Ratings

Recently, the Town of Rico and the Rico Fire Protection District were evaluated by ISO, the insurance rating institute that determines homeowners’ insurance premiums. It will take a minimum of 12 months before the Town and RFPD are notified of the results of the evaluation. The Town would like to thank everyone involved in this effort like Dennis Swank, David Kunz, Sue Roehl, Peter Carter, Todd Jones, Chris Kramer, Amy Greene, and the dedicated members of the RFPD.

“The truth is more important than the facts.” – Frank Lloyd Wright


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