Turn Back the Pages … E. Grand schools mull next move in wake of bond defeat
December 4, 2008
Five years ago, the East Grand School District Board of Education assessed the failure of its bond issues and discussed trying again in the following year’s election. Question 3A, defeated by 31 votes, would have provided funds to repair school roofs, expand Granby Elementary School, build a new bus maintenance building and refinance the existing district lease. Question 3B, defeated by 800 votes, would have paid for the construction of a practice gym and resurfacing the high school’s outdoor track.
– The Granby Board of Trustees agreed to set a public annexation hearing for the 3.21-acre parcel known as the Timberline Clinic tract. Subdivision of a portion of the property was planned and the owners of the property were interested in being a part of Granby because of the town’s streamlined development review process, particularly when it came to subdividing.
Ten years ago, the Grand County Board of County Commissioners approved the preliminary plat and part of a 168-acre Tabernash home-building project which would see about 68 duplexes built on multi-family plots at the Meadows at Tabernash. The meeting was packed with Tabernash residents who questioned assurances that property owners who voted to join the developer’s sewer district wouldn’t get stuck with the developer’s share of a sewer plant’s cost.
– The East Grand Board of Education announced expected delays in the opening of the new East Grand Middle School. In a written report on the progress of the school’s construction, the construction coordinator said project completion by August 1999 was “out of the question” because of the board’s decision to order its redesign.
Twenty-five years ago, Winter Park Ski Area would open Nov. 16 and SilverCreek Mountain planned its opening for Nov. 22. At Winter Park one lift would serve the Parkway, Parkway Chute and Practice Hill runs with a combination of natural and man-made snow and what was termed as an “adequate” base. Early season ticket prices were $10 for adults, $4 for children, and $7 for half-day rates.
– An alleged Winter Park connection of a five-state, three-country cocaine trafficking operation was indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit, Mich. A Winter Park man was charged, along with 27 other people, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute the drug. If convicted, he would face up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
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Fifty years ago, the special school levy for West Grand School District No. 1 was set at 12.2 mills for the 1958-’59 school year. The levy was an increase for some and a decrease for others depending on what the district tax was before reorganization. The special levy for the previous year ranged from a low of 7.9 mills in a non-operating district to a high of 13.3 in old District No. 5. The total levy for school purposes was 27.5 mills which included the 12-mill county tax.
– In related news, West Grand District No. 1 received a final payment of $2,948.74 under Public Law 874 for the school year. The funds made a total of $6,179.74 which had been paid by the Federal Government for the education of children living on the Federal property at Green Mountain Dam.
– Henry Hogue was appointed Grand County director for the 1959 March of Dimes. Airman Wilbur DeWitt of Fraser completed his initial course of basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base. The Ramona Theatre was showing “Bold and the Brave” with Mickey Rooney and “Showdown at Boot Hill” with Charles Bronson. The George Hurt family had closed the Riverside Hotel for the winter. And, nearly 200 miles of the Rockies could be seen from the new Sky Deck observatory of the First National Bank building, the tallest skyscraper in the western Rocky Mountains.