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Fraser ponds to be stocked for fishing

Autumn Phillips
Fraser, Colorado

There will soon be another place to fish in Fraser. The Town of Fraser is in the final stages of negotiations with Grand County Water and Sanitation to turn two former water treatment ponds into places for recreation.

The ponds are located next to Highway 40 between Fraser and Winter Park, near the East Grand fire station.

The ponds were drained years ago and have been converted into augmentation ponds, said Fraser Town Manager Jeff Durbin.

The town approached Bruce Hutchins of the Grand County Water and Sanitation District about using the property. Hutchins agreed as long as the town would accept liability at the property. A lease has been drawn up and the last details are being ironed out for approval at the next Fraser Board of Trustees meeting.

The lease will continue until either party decides to terminate it. Until then, the ponds will be stocked for fishing and open to the public.

According to Durbin, once the lease is finalized and signed, Town of Fraser staff will work with the Fraser Valley Lions Club and the Division of Wildlife to stock the pond.

Because the pond is an augmentation pond, Fraser will be limited in the amount of landscaping it can do on the property. However, Durbin said, there are plans for possible interpretive signs and benches.

“Parking is a bit of a challenge,” Durbin said, “but this can be a pond people can walk to and have an outdoor experience.

“We would like to tie a trail into the east side of the ponds to the Fraser River Trail.”

The Fraser Board of Trustees continues to debate the details of a possible ordinance requiring residents to clear beetle killed trees from private property.

They have examined an ordinance approved by the Grand Lake Board of Trustees that declares beetle killed trees to be a “public nuisance” and unlawful. Grand Lake residents are given a 30-day written notice for tree removal, sent by certified mail.

Though landowners may apply for extensions, failure to comply by the 30-day deadline will be met with a fine not exceeding $300, as well as charges for tree removal.

The idea for a similar ordinance in Fraser first came up in early November, but has not been drafted or passed because of a key concern ” namely, the cost of a mandate to residents.

“We’re dedicated to creating a safe environment, but we don’t want to put our residents in dire circumstances,” said Fraser Mayor Fran Cook.

At the same time, all Fraser trustees agree that something needs to be done.

“(Residents) need to give us a plan for removing the trees with milestones and a timelines,” said trustee Scott Brent.

“When we finalize this, we need to let the public know that we took care of trees on our open property that created a public nuisance or danger and we expect the same from them,” Cook said.

Durbin will draft an ordinance reflecting the trustees’ concerns and bring it to the board for approval at a future meeting.

“One of the problems we’re seeing is property owners who aren’t around,” Durbin said. “You might not know your lot is full of dead trees.

“Blow-downs are already starting to happen. This is a safety concern.”

” To reach Autumn Phillips call 970-887-3334 ext. 19600 or e-mail

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