Moffat County, Craig city officials discuss Shadow Mountain improvements with residents |

Moffat County, Craig city officials discuss Shadow Mountain improvements with residents

Erin Fenner
Moffat County Director of Development Services Roy Tipton explains Phase 1 construction that will begin June 2 and upgrade water/sewer lines and roads in the Shadow Mountain subdivision.
Erin Fenner

Moffat County and Craig city officials hosted an informational meeting at the American Legion on Wednesday night to educate Shadow Mountain residents about the construction starting June 2 that will improve the subdivision.

The $6.3 million project will take about four years to complete, but Phase 1 should wrap up Oct. 31. The upgrades will mean new water/sewer lines, new roads, new sidewalks and even new streetlamps. The subdivision, built in 1972, was constructed with road and waterways only meant to last about 10 years. The first phase of the project will upgrade Aspen Street, the lower part of Cottonwood Street and parts of Maple Street. The work will go on from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. six days each week.

Residents of the subdivision voted in favor of contributing $1.23 million to the project — the city is paying $1 million, and the county is paying $2.4 million. That means each resident will pay $4,300 in monthly $20 payments.

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said he was excited to break ground.

“We can finally move forward on our project that we’ve been working on,” he said.

Most questions came from residents who already had upgraded their water lines. Many had replaced their lines with city-approved pipes.

Grobe said that personally upgraded water lines wouldn’t need to be replaced if they were at the appropriate height and used the right pipes. But each house might face a different situation regarding an upgrade.

“We’ll take it case by case,” he said.

Moffat County Director of Development Services Roy Tipton agreed.

“Each one of these houses is going to be different,” he said. “This isn’t going to be 100 percent one size fits all.”

Those who had upgraded water lines would not need to pay the full $4,300, Tipton said.

The cost would be determined on an individual basis but would not exceed $4,300.

Vicki Burns, of Brass Key Realty, represents four properties in the Phase 1 section of the improvement district. She was curious about the changes to the sidewalks.

“Is that going to change the grade of the sidewalks, curbs and gutters?” she said.

Tipton assured her that the changes would improve the roads, making them more durable, but would not change the grade.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or

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