Town of Rico
September 2002 Newsletter

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

Regular Meeting Dates and Times

All meetings are conducted at the Rico Town Hall.

“Like water, be gentle and strong. Be gentle enough to follow the natural paths of the earth, and strong enough to rise up and reshape the world.” – Brenda Peterson

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 The following fires or burning are prohibited until repealed: outdoor burning; campfires; trash fires; the use of charcoal and other non-gas grills; welding and the use of torches except in contained areas free of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.

“In the beginning the universe was created. This has made a lot of people angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” – Douglas Adams

San Juan Skyway Planning Project

Computer Terrain Mapping, Inc. of Boulder, Colorado, has been selected to perform the GIS data and mapping services for the San Juan Skyway Planning Project.

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.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” – 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.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” - Confucius

Leash Law Ordinance – 1st Public Hearing

Due to the high number of dog related complaints in recent months, the Town Board will conduct the 1st public hearing on a leash law ordinance at the regular September Town Board meeting.

“Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Rico Courthouse Restoration Project Phase I

Proposals from historical restoration contractors interested in the Rico Courthouse project have arrived. The Town hopes to begin the project late September 2002 and be completed by then end of August 2003. Phase I consists of exterior restoration, restoration of the front entry steps, and structural reinforcement of the attic. Phases II – V consist of foundation work and restoration of the interior. However, future phases are dependent upon the Town’s ability to raise the cash matching requirements with the State Historical Fund. The Town’s match for Phase I is $25,000.

“My friends are my estate.” – Emily Dickinson

Noxious Weeds

The beautiful flowers of summer have arrived in Rico. The orange and yellow flowers that look
like snapdragon can be seen in many yards and are prolific in vacant lots. The plant that some call Butter and Eggs is, in fact, the infamous Yellow Toadflax, an aggressive noxious weed. Noxious weeds are non-indigenous, invader plants which crowd out other desirable native species. They can quickly replace the grasses and forbes used by wildlife. They can also rapidly crowd out the beautiful native wildflowers of the area. To date these invaders are mostly concentrated within the Town of Rico. However, recent sitings indicate they are beginning to move out and up the hillsides and drainages in the vicinity. For those of you who can still navigate the rough Scotch Creek road, you will see its movement in that direction. The rapid spread of the Yellow Toadflax must be stopped before it envelops the entire Dolores River drainage. Rico home owners can help in this cause by pulling the plant before it flowers and goes to seed. This will only forestall its immediate spread because Yellow Toadflax is a perennial plant with a rizone rooting habit. State and Federal agencies have had some success with herbicides such as Roundup used at a commercial grade concentration of 41% glyfosate. Most farm supply stores should carry this concentration of Roundup. For more information on the Yellow Toadflax and other noxious weeds in the vicinity, contact the Dolores County Extension Office at 677-2283.

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde

Health Clinic

The next Dolores County Health Clinic will be conducted at the Rico Town Hall on Thursday, September 5, from 1pm to 4pm. If you have any questions about the services available, contact the Dolores County Nurse at 677-2387.

“The degree of one’s emotion varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts—the less you know the hotter you get.” – Bertrand Russell

Town Elections

The election for town officials will be November 5th. Persons interested in running can pick up a nomination petition on September 6th from Linda Yellowman, Town Clerk. Fifteen (15) registered voters must sign the petition. The deadline to file the nomination petition is October 11th.

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” – Betrand Russell

Most Endangered Places Program

The Town of Rico is once again seeking nomination to be placed on the List of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places, administered by Colorado Preservation, Inc. Being placed on the list will help the Town in obtaining financial assistance with its efforts to preserve the Town’s heritage and manage development pressure.

Park Playground

The Town is submitting a grant proposal to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to purchase a playground at the request of interested parents. The Town is contributing a $3,000 cash match. However, more donations are needed. 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

Rico Renaissance Submits Development Proposal

Strategic Design Group, on behalf of Rico Renaissance, has submitted a conceptual development plan application. The Rico Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled an initial review date on September 16th. If the meeting is firmly scheduled, it will be advertised and posted for persons interested in attending.

“Not-So-Alternative Home Tour”

Donovan and Kjersten Spitzman were awarded $2,000 from the Rural Community Assistance Grant Program to conduct a “Not-So-Alternative Home Tour” in Rico. This tour is sure to bring outside dollars into the local economy. The tour is scheduled for October 6th. For more information, contact Donovan or Kjersten at 967-2967.

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