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!
Mailing Address: PO Box 9
Rico, Colorado 81332
Town Hall – 967-2861
Public Works – 967-2865
Town Manager – 967-2863
Additionally, you can reach the town manager via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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?
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
Tom Bennett, Chair
Who are the Town Officials?
Ashton Harrison, Town Manager
Linda Yellowman, Town Clerk
Dennis Swank, Public Works
Eric Heil, Town Attorney
Tom Halper, Town Marshal
Chris Kramer, Water Operator
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.
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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