Fire district and Holy Cross Powderhounds get Minturn support |

Fire district and Holy Cross Powderhounds get Minturn support

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Minturn Town Councilman George Brodin said he spoke with members of Crave Community Co. and they heard residents “loud and clear” and will be taking a step back to explore all options. The questions from residents at the meeting March 3 have been answered and will be going up on the town’s website, councilman Earle Bidez said.

Board: Minturn Town Council, evening meeting, Wednesday.

Present: George Brodin, Shelley Bellm, Earle Bidez, Jason Osborne, John Rosenfeld, Matt Scherr and Mayor Hawkeye Flaherty.

Issue: Reopening snowmobile access points from South Minturn to Meadow Mountain, redefining boundaries.

Who the talked to: Gusty Kanakis, vice president of Holy Cross Powderhounds, and Lance Trujillo, president of Holy Cross Powderhounds.

What they talked about: The Holy Cross Powderhounds were seeking a letter from the Town Council to the U.S. Forest Service in support of amending the Travel Management Plan. The Holy Cross Powderhounds want to reopen access points for motorized vehicles in the winter at Grouse Creek and near Martin Creek so snowmobilers living south of town can access Meadow Mountain out their back doors. Also, the group would maintain the trail out and clearly define the Meadow Mountain boundary, which currently is an “imaginary fence,” Kanakis said. The amendment to the Travel Management Plan would “restore stuff the town already had” before it was put in place, Kanakis said.

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How they voted: The council approved, 7-0, to have the town manager work with the Holy Cross Powderhounds to send a letter to the Forest Service. Councilman Osborne said it has “historical” uses to the town.

Issue: Supporting Eagle River Fire Protection District ballot question 1A.

Who the talked to: Fire Chief Karl Bauer, Treasurer Darell Wegert and Tracy LeClair, community risk manager and public information officer.

What they talked about: The ballot question is to approve a $25 million bond for the Eagle River Fire Protection District to update and build new fire stations in Edwards and Avon, as well as build a training facility in Minturn. The Edwards station is a 30-year-old “temporary station,” Bauer said, and Avon’s facility can’t house the ladder truck, which has to come from Cordillera. “We need to build these stations for safety,” Bauer told the council. The facility in Minturn would allow the fire district to train more effectively, instead of currently traveling to Dotsero or Summit County, Bauer said. Osborne said it’s a “no-brainer,” as the facility would help the fire district better serve residents and the district will bring infrastructure to town, including Little Beach Park.

How they voted: The council approved to support the fire district, 7-0.

What’s next: If approved, then the Avon fire station would be the first project, costing about $12 million and beginning this year. The Edwards station would get underway in 2017 and cost about $10.5 million, while the training facility in Edwards would get going “as soon as possible,” Bauer said.

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

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