Craig City Council updated on Elkhead Reservoir

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At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 6-0, minutes from the April 26 meeting.

• Approved, 6-0, April bills totaling $625,668.15

• Approved, 6-0, Tuesday’s meeting agenda.

• Appointed Jarrod Ogden and Dennis Jones to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

• Approved, 6-0, a request for a temporary retail liquor store license by Jack and Linda Paulson for Lariat Lee Liquors, Inc. at 391 Lincoln St.

• Approved, 6-0, a proclamation for the Yampa Valley Relay for Life on July 15 and 16 in Craig.

• Approved, 5-0, a special events permit for the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads for Grand Olde West Days on May 28 and 29. Gene Bilodeau abstained from voting.

• Approved, 6-0, a resolution designating May as Higher Education Month.

Elkhead Reservoir Manager Ron Dellacroce told the Craig City Council on Tuesday night that while the water at the reservoir northeast of Craig is murky, residents looking to get out and boat will soon get their chance.

“Most of the folks that have been around here very long know that it’s chocolate milk (colored water) up there right now, and they probably won’t be running a boat,” Dellacroce said. “For those who just really have to do it because it’s been a long winter, we thought we’d give them an opportunity.”

At the council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Dellacroce said the first opportunity for boaters to hit the lake will come Saturday and Sunday when the boat ramp opens from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dellacroce was at the meeting to give council members an update on the reservoir, which is currently open for camping and other activities.

He said the park will be open the same time May 21 and 22, and operate every day from 6 a.m. until sunset starting May 27.

He said with boats ready to hit the water, there again will be mandatory boat inspections meant to keep invasive species out of the reservoir.

Craig Mayor Terry Carwile asked how response had been to the inspections. Dellacroce said many people coming from out of state had problems with it, but locals to the area understand the reasons behind the inspections.

“The people locally know how important this is,” he said, noting the introduction of an invasive species could mean cutting the reservoir off from boating.

“We think the local populous has accepted it, they’re doing extremely well managing themselves, which is nice. It’s some of the folks that we’re getting from other areas… they have a little bit more heartburn with letting us go through their boat and look things over.”

Dellacroce said when the park is busy, it isn’t unusual to have 150 to 200 inspections in a day.

“We’re going to be managing a load of people out there and customer service is our absolute priority,” he said.

Dellacroce said the park is working on improving hiking trails in the area this year. He said the park has gotten strong interest from volunteers to help.

“We really want to come back, rehab what’s there, recondition and find some of those pinch points and overcome that issue, get people out there using the trails,” he said. “The interest is there, the need is there, we just need to get the stuff on the ground.”

Council member Jennifer Riley asked whether there were any planned improvements beyond trails.

Dellacroce said there weren’t, but that he hopes to improve camping in the future if the money is available.

“The thing that’s really holding us off is to make it pay, you really need electric,” he said.

“In the state’s financial predicament, who knows if I’ll see that money come my way for a while.”

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Comments

wellwell 3 years, 7 months ago

A very good over view was how DOW and Parks came together. A lot of the higher ups were moved out. With the Parks being most active in the summer and DOW being busy in the fall, sharing of the people that "hit the ground" will be shared.

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