Byers Peak Ranch annexation hits dead end |

Byers Peak Ranch annexation hits dead end

Reid Tulley
Fraser, CO Colorado

Byers Peak Ranch annexation hits dead end

Reid Tulley

The board of trustees of Fraser met Wednesday night, July 18, to discuss a number of topics including the annexation of Byers Peak Ranch.

The board met in executive session before the meeting took place to discuss the negotiations associated with the annexation.

The two-hour executive session was the longest session Fraser Town Manager Jeff Durbin has seen in his time working with the board, he said.

“We are giving this subject its due attention,” Durbin said.

The board did not pass a prepared resolution that would have rejected and denied the annexation petition of Byers Peak Ranch and instead continued the discussion until Aug. 1.

Jack Bestall, representative of Byers Peak Ranch, relayed a comment from the owners of the property saying they appreciated the town’s efforts, but they would like negotiations to end as the owners are feeling an urgency to begin developing the property.

Members of the board replied by saying they were in the process of finalizing a letter that would be delivered on Monday which would allow both parties to move on.

“The board wants to send a letter to clarify what was agreed upon,” Durbin said.

The frustration that has been associated with the annexation process since the petition was submitted in November 2007 was apparent during the meeting and was recognized by Bestall.

Bestall said that the owners believe the benefits to both parties were clear and equal and that there was significant potential revenue for the town of Fraser.

“We want this to be on a level playing field with other developments that have taken place,” Bestall said.

New ordinances

New ordinances that were passed were Ordinance 397 and 398 concerning unlawful conduct on public property and the discharge of firearms in town.

Ordinance 397 concerning unlawful conduct on public property was unanimously approved by the board and gives agencies the right to draft and enforce rules regarding the approved use of public property.

The term “Occupy Fraser” was tossed around as a few board members voiced their concerns that the ordinance would impede on the rights of individuals to assemble and protest.

These concerns were overcome with a reassurance that this ordinance would not take away the right of assembly and would be in place for public safety purposes.

Ordinance 398 concerning the discharge of firearms in the town clarified a previously existing ordinance and set out rules regarding the discharge of firearms in town limits and was unanimously passed by the board.

This ordinance states it is unlawful to discharge or cause to be discharged any firearm within or into the town limits.

Exemptions to this law are peace officers and members of the armed forces, a person discharging a firearm in the lawful defense of persons or property, and a person who is legally hunting or shooting recreationally who is not endangering adjacent persons or property.

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