Fraser sign will reappear soon in easier-to-read format
June 23, 2008
Some Fraser Valley residents were pleased when they entered the town from Winter Park and saw the new Fraser sign welcoming them, but they became concerned when it disappeared.Fraser Town Manager Jeff Durbin said the town has temporarily taken down the sign to improve it.Were trying to make it more legible, he said, adding that it has been stretched vertically.The sign was hard to read when drivers were passing by at 35 miles an hour, he added.Motorists will also notice the sign is outlined in a black background.Town officials will have to cut the sign again, but it will be back in place within the next few weeks.Town repairs Quail Drive Open Space water lineIn a town document, Allen Nordin, Fraser director of public works & water, announced: We are pleased to report we have completed our work at the water-line repair area in the Quail Drive Open Space.Workers installed three shallow ground water monitoring wells; modified drainage to flow through two swales toward the river rather than pooling above the water line repair; installed gravel (French drain) beneath the swales to enhance draining; moved some sod and subsoil to raise several low, mushy patches; and excavated a small swale along the river to receive drainage water and create willow shrubland. The area also has been seeded and mulched.Nelson recommends the orange fence stay up until the end of June, to help seedlings surface. The area will be marked as a restoration area. Seeds will continue to be planted and mulch distributed along open areas into fall, documents say.Last month Quail Drive residents complained to the Fraser Board of Trustees that the water in their backyards was a nuisance and threatened their heath.They referred to it as a swamp, which is guarded by an orange gate and sign that reads: No Trespassing.Nordin has said the problem started in fall 2006, when workers put test holes in the ground for a potential water well. A non-functional raw water supply line was damaged during the well testing procedure. A couple weeks later, the town repaired it, he said.Since fall 2006 the water has remained.Town officials thought it would heal itself, Nordin said.Last summer workers installed gate valves to isolate and eliminate the chance of raw water being pushed up pipes. However, they still had a ground water issue.Ptarmigan Open SpaceThe town is nearing completion of its forestry work in the Ptarmigan Open Space, Durbin wrote in a document.We have less than 200 trees remaining along with some cleanup work, the document states. We have a couple weeks of work remaining. We will have removed 1,400 trees.