Fraser town meeting Wed., July 18 |

Fraser town meeting Wed., July 18

Reid Tulley
Fraser, CO Colorado

The Fraser board of trustees are set to meet Wednesday, July 18, when they will consider two new ordinances as well as the proposed annexation of Byers Peak Ranch.

The discussion about the possible annexation of Byers Peak Ranch has been ongoing since the petition for annexation was submitted in November 2007.

Numerous meetings have taken place regarding the issue, yet no agreement has been reached between the town of Fraser and the proponents of the annexation.

The board of trustees for the town of Fraser will vote on Wednesday whether to continue to pursue a mutually acceptable agreement with the petitioner or to deny the annexation petition.

If the board were to deny the petition the owner of the property would be liable to reimburse the town for all outside costs, totaling $60,000, according to town officials.

Byers Peak representative Jack Bestall said that he has met with the town Annexation Committee, which includes two members of the board of trustees, to develop an outline of what the annexation agreement would contain.

The agreement will be presented to the rest of the board during the meeting on Wednesday, he said.

New ordinances

The two new ordinances to be discussed Wednesday include an ordinance concerning the use of public property and one concerning the discharge of firearms in the town of Fraser.

The ordinance concerning the use of public property is Ordinance No. 397 and would give authority to officials and agencies to adopt rules and regulations concerning the legal use of town property.

Ordinance No. 398 addresses discharging firearms within the town of Fraser and makes it 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.

The exemptions to a person who is legally hunting or shooting would not apply to the discharge of a firearm 50 feet from the centerline of any public roadway or public property, or within 200 yards of any dwelling or occupied structure.

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