Town of Rico

January 2004




Canine Registration Deadline Nears!


Beginning January 19th, 2004, owners of unregistered dogs will be fined. Persons not paying the fine will be cited into municipal court. The fine is $25.00 per dog for the first offense, not including court fees.


To register your dog, contact Linda Yellowman, Town Clerk, at 967-2861 or stop by the Town Hall.


You can register your dog by mail!


Town Contact Information


Mailing Address: PO Box 9

Rico, Colorado 81332


FAX: 967-2862


Phone Numbers:

Town Hall – 967-2861

Public Works – 967-2865

Town Manager – 967-2863


Additionally, you can reach the town manager via email at


Town Meeting Dates and Times


The Board of Trustees meets regularly the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM.


The Planning Commission meets regularly the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM.


Public Notices


The town government tries hard to keep its citizens aware of upcoming official actions. Public notices and meeting agendas appear in several locations:


        Rico Sun-Times

        Rico Post Office

        Town Hall

        Monthly newsletters


If you have any questions about upcoming Town events feel free to call the Town Hall.


Who are the Town Officials?


Town Board

Tom Clark, Mayor

Bruce Kinsey, Trustee

Jon Kornbluh, Trustee

Dave Kunz, Trustee and Mayor Pro-Tem

Judy Schaefer, Trustee

Steve Snelling, Trustee

Genevieve Yellowman, Trustee


Planning Commission

Tom Bennett, Chair

Jerrie Akey

David Allen

Deanna Belch

Patsy Engel

Kjersten Tomer-Spitzman

Genevieve Yellowman



Who are the Town Officials?


Town Staff

Ashton Harrison, Town Manager

Linda Yellowman, Town Clerk

Dennis Swank, Public Works

Eric Heil, Town Attorney

Tom Halper, Town Marshal

Chris Kramer, Water Operator


Municipal Court

Scott Erickson, Judge

Jon Kelly, Prosecutor


Purchase of Park Land


In December, the Town purchased 14 lots immediately adjacent to the existing Town Park/School Playground. The owner of the property, Andy Massik, sold the lots to the Town at a price well below the appraised value. It is hoped that this land will serve both as an expansion to the current park and as a direct connection to a future river corridor.


Water Rights


The Town, in partnership with the Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD), has made progress with the Rico Alluvium Project. As mentioned in previous newsletters, the Town and DWCD last summer drilled alluvial wells north of town limits in hopes of obtaining a future water supply source. Based on the initial results of the wells, the Town and DWCD have submitted a plan to appropriate State agencies for approval. If the plan is approved by the relevant State agencies, the two entities can then submit an application to the water courts.


Additionally, Town staff expect to have a draft Water User’s Agreement between the Town and DWCD available for the Board of Trustees review this Spring.


Snow Removal and Parked Vehicles


The Town has had a serious problem removing snow from a handful of streets due to parked vehicles. Please keep vehicles off streets (or as far possible to the edge) during snow storms. The Town prefers cooperation from owners versus having vehicles towed to Cortez.


Planning Commission works on

Updated Master Plan


The Rico Planning Commission is currently in the process of updating the master plan. The existing Rico Regional Master Plan was adopted in 1996 and designated areas desired for development as well as areas desired for open space protection in the greater Rico area. The 1996 Rico Regional Master Plan also stated many goals, such as conducting studies, enacting regulations, and improving the water system. Many of the 1996 goals have been accomplished and the 1996 Master Plan must be updated. Also, the Town recently approved a master plan amendment for future development of the Rico Renaissance land holdings which creates a need to update the master plan document.

Recreational planning information will also be incorporated into the master plan document. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings. Once a complete document is prepared, the Planning Commission will schedule a public hearing on the document before making a recommendation to the Rico Board of Trustees.



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