Fire district wants to develop Granby area wildfire fire protection plan |

Fire district wants to develop Granby area wildfire fire protection plan

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 is the next agency poised to compile a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) in Grand County.

Grand Fire Chief David Boyes approached the town of Granby for matching funds to a $20,000 grant the district may have acquired to help pay for the plan. To help complete the CWPP, the chief has sought a proposal from Anchor Point Group Fire Management, a company that has conducted wildfire-related plans since 1999 and recently completed one for the Upper Fraser Valley through the East Grand Fire District.

The total cost of the Granby-area plan, Boyes said, would be about $61,000.

Grand fire district has committed $8,000 to a CWPP, which according to Boyes, would “fill in the gap” between Grand Lake and Fraser Valley CWPPs.

Community Wildfire Protections Plans are being implemented across Colorado for their ability to help communities take advantage of federal funding in the name of forest fuels reduction projects. Granby’s plan would include forested areas such as portions of Grand Park and the SolVista Ski Area, and would point out “high risk” areas where work should be prioritized.

“Wildfire is going to affect us all, even if we live here in town,” Boyes said.

Refraining from making a decision at this time, town board members instructed the town attorney to investigate whether a restricted reserve fund for water quality, set aside as a water plant investment, could partially be used for a CWPP. The town is contemplating a $10,000 donation from the fund.

Railroad group may have found land

The town of Granby directed Town Attorney Scott Krob to look into details surrounding a possible 99-year lease of land to the Grand County Model Railroad Club for a future Moffat Road Railroad Museum building.

The land suggested during a past Granby planning commission meeting is located next to Kaibab Park ball fields, near the railroad.

“I think it would be nice for Granby to have a museum on the railroad, that’s our history,” said Granby Mayor Jynnifer Pierro.

The location, estimated to be under an acre, is part of a 22.6-acre parcel.

“There’s quite a bit of land down there, and it all needs to be improved visually,” said Trustee Ed Raffety. “As far as I’m concerned, anything that can be done to improve that land, I’m in favor of.”

It was noted that the land, including the ballpark, was originally called the Kaibab Industrial Park and likewise is zoned industrial. Since “the entire nature of site changed from original intent, it might be more appropriate to change the zoning,” suggested Trustee Ken Coatney.

Downtown parking a problem

A parking conundrum broached by Granby liquor store owner Bob Anderson may launch a greater analysis of downtown parking.

Town board members directed the town traffic engineer Elizabeth Stolfus to study what options are available to improve commercial unloading, vehicle parking and alleyways at downtown streets First through Fourth. Anderson and manager Kim Cautrell told board members that the side street at the location of their store at First and Agate Avenue gets congested when beer trucks are unloading, mostly due to neighboring employees’ parked cars. Anderson asked the board to consider the store’s problem when examining parking solutions downtown.

Downtown Enhancement Director Betsy Cook said parking is an important issue because lack of it can discourage downtown patronage.