Town of Rico
November 2002 Newsletter

“We will either find a way or make one.” – Hannibal (247 – 183 B.C.)

Rico Courthouse Restoration Project

The Rico Courthouse Restoration Project is underway. Klinke & Lew, the contractor selected for Phase I of the project, has begun preliminary analysis of the building. The goal is to have the exterior brick, main entry steps, and attic restored by the end of next summer.

The original quarry will be utilized to provide new stone for the areas of the courthouse needing to be replaced.

The project is being funded by the Colorado State Historical Fund.

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” – Mark Twain

Sewer Project

The Town has been pursuing $1.7 million in federal appropriations for a centralized sewer system. The $1.7 million is through the Environmental Protection Agency’s State and Tribal Assistance Grant Program. The Town expects the funding to be secured by early spring, at the latest.
The Town also has a grant in process with USDA – Rural Development in the amount of $1.5 million. Like the EPA grant, the funding should be secured by next spring.

Additionally, the Town has a grant in process with the U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration, in the amount of $500,000.

Previously, the Town was not expecting financial assistance from the State due to large cutbacks in the state budget. However, the Department of Local Affairs has indicated that they will help provide financial assistance once federal funding is secured.

Once the status of funding becomes certain, the Town will conduct public meetings on the proposed sewer system.

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if your are planning for a decade, plant trees; if your are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” – Chinese Proverb

Jones Park Playground

The Town submitted a grant application with Great Outdoors Colorado to help fund a playground for Jones Park. The grant has “passed” the first review stage: meeting eligibility requirements. The grant is now in the competitive review stage. GOCO will make its decision in December.

The Town would like to thank Barb Turrin, Rico Women’s Club, Dolores County Commissioners, and the many parents and citizens who have donated time and money to build a playground for Rico’s children.

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that
is not being talked about.” – Oscar Wilde

ISO Rating for Town Lowered

Due to the hard work of the Rico Fire Protection District and Dennis Swank, Town Maintenance Supervisor, the Town’s ISO rating has been lowered. Most insurance companies base homeowner’s rates on the Public Protection Classification.

The Town’s Water Supply obtained a credit of 36.43 out of maximum 40 points.

On a side note, ISO stands for Insurance Services Office, Inc. The acronym has been a small mystery to everyone involved with the project.

“All we want is to be left alone.” – Jefferson Davis

School Reorganization Election Set

The Final Reorganization Plan has been referred to a special election scheduled on January 14th, 2003. Copies of the Final Reorganization Plan are available at the Rico Town Hall. Every vote counts.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
– Colin Powell

Public Hearing Date Set for Rico Renaissance Master Plan Amendment Application

The Rico Planning Commission shall conduct a public hearing on December 3rd, 2002 at 7:00 PM, at the Rico Town Hall, to review an application submitted by Rico Renaissance to amend the Rico Regional Master Plan. The application is available for review at the Rico Town Hall in the Office of the Town Clerk during normal business hours. The narrative document is available on-line at Complete copies of the application can be received by mail by contacting Lynn Lang at Rico Renaissance’s office, (970) 967-5440.

Written comments are strongly encouraged. Written comments received by November 28th, 2002, will be copied and sent to Planning Commission members prior to the public hearing for their consideration. Written comments can be sent to Rico Town Manager, PO Box 56, Rico, CO 81332; faxed to (970) 967-2862; or emailed to

“An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.” – Bonnie Friedman

2003 Dog Tags

The 2003 Dog Tags are now available. Friendly Reminder: All dogs are required to be registered with the Town.

“What worries you masters you.” – Haddon Robinson

Open Space Acquisition Funding Sought for 2003

The Town is pursuing funding in 2003 to acquire wetlands for open space through the North American Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. Acquiring land for public parks, trails, and open space has become a priority for the Town.

Newman Millsite Possibly Owned by the Town of Rico

Thanks to Patsy Engel and the research efforts of Eric Heil, Town Attorney, it appears that the Town owns the Newman Millsite, located near the east end of Mantz Street. The Town has requested that the County Assessor designate the Town of Rico as the owner of the land.

2003 Projects

The December 2002 newsletter will outline the projects the Town is planning to undertake in 2003. It will be a busy year.

Rico Municipal Court

The Rico Municipal Court has been busy processing speeding tickets. The Town responded to citizen input to reduce speeding along Glasgow Avenue (HWY 145) by hiring a part-time Town Marshal, Tom Halper. While there will always be speeders from out-of-state and other parts of Colorado passing through Rico, it is hoped that residents in Southwest Colorado will learn that speeding through Town will no longer be tolerated.

Street Signs

The Town has been considering constructing street signs around Rico. However, preliminary citizen reaction to the common green metal signs was unfavorable. It has been suggested that the Town conduct a volunteer project to construct rustic wooden street signs. The Town Manager is soliciting input from citizens on street signage. If you have any comments, email Ashton Harrison at or write to PO Box 56, Rico, CO 81332.

Friendly Reminder

Owners of abandoned vehicles need to have them removed – soon. The Town will ask the Court to pursue the maximum fine of $300 per day for persons who fail to remove abandoned vehicles. Abandoned vehicles, especially those located on Town streets and right-of-ways, are hazardous and interfere with snow removal operations.

“If you scatter thorns, don’t go barefoot.” – Italian Proverb

November 5th is Election Day.

Happy Thanksgiving - November 28th!

Thank You Veterans - November 11th!

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