Commissioners hope for 'common sense'

County to rule on subdivision's driveways

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Lucy Rickman hoped to have started construction on her driveway in Wilderness Ranch by now.

With snow and freezing temperatures probably just a few weeks away, Rickman wants to start work on the driveway as soon as possible.

But a decision by the Moffat County commissioners Tuesday means Rickman will have to wait at least a week to start construction.

Commissioners said Tuesday that the final say on driveway location in Wilderness Ranch goes to Road and Bridge Director Bill Mack.

Commissioners left the decision up to Mack because some of the driveways in the area can't meet county driveway regulations. The regulations say driveways must be visible from 300 feet on either side, but the winding roads in Wilderness Ranch make the regulation impossible to meet in some areas.

Commissioners told Mack to balance safety and practicality when approving driveways.

"The safest location may mean you have to make a 20-foot cut along a hill," Commissioner Tom Gray said. In cases like that, Gray said, the driveway should go where it is safe and convenient for the landowner.

But for Rickman, the site Mack wants for the driveway isn't the one she wants.

Mack said Tuesday that the spot he wants has the best line of sight and is the safest possible driveway.

But Rickman said Mack's choice will mean removing some trees and will result in a steeper driveway.

She said she plans to appeal Mack's decision to the commissioners next week.

Commissioner Darryl Steele said two commissioners would come look at the site before next week's commissioners meeting.

The decision Tuesday probably will result in more appeals down the road, said Gary Culver, treasurer of the Wilderness Ranch Land Owners Association.

"I know we're going to run into problems just like this," Culver said, referring to Rickman's situation. "But you can't please everyone."

Commissioner Steele said he hopes the new policy will mean driveways are placed based on common sense.

"There has got to be a balance of safety and common sense," Steele said. "It's pretty hard to legislate common sense, but that's what we hope."

In other news, commissioners:
approved an agreement with GT Alliance to develop a new Web site for the Moffat County Assessor's Office. The agreement will cost $10,000, which will come out of the Assessor's budget.
Approved contributing vacation days for county employees to a drawing for employees who donate to the United Way. Employees can win one, two or three vacation days.
Waived the use fee for the fairgrounds for the Craig Chamber of Commerce Crab Fest, held every November.
Waived the use fee for the fairgrounds pavilion for the Northwest Colorado Stewardship group. The group will use the facility regularly until February.
Approved a service agreement between the Grounds and Building Department and American Linen.
Voted to open Sherman Youth Camp for hunting this season. The site will be open for lease in the coming weeks.
Amended a resolution from 1983 for the property and liability insurance bid process.
Voted to close county facilities at 3 p.m. Oct. 3 for a county employee meeting.
Voted 2-1 for a mid-year fund change for the extension office. The money will be used for an intern to take care of 4-H activities. Commissioner Saed Tayyara voted against the fund change because the Extension Office did not get a personnel requisition before hiring the intern.
Approved a personnel requisitionor the Extension Office by a 2-1 vote, Tayyara voted against.
Approved a contract between the county and Dushan Voyich for the sale of the Courthouse Annex.

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