Granby supports local efforts to boost community
Sky-Hi Daily News
The Town of Granby chose to help out two organizations, the Grand County Model Railroad Club and the Grand County Community Gardens, to further their efforts to bring more interest to Granby.
Carol Morales of Grand County Community Gardens approached the town board at Tuesday’s meeting to ask for use of Morales Park next to Grand Meadows subdivision for garden plots.
The newly formed nonprofit is gaining popularity as a way encourage homegrown food and community fellowship in Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling and Granby.
Morales reported that the Granby community garden site, which was originally going to be at Morales Farms, has 30 people signed up for plots and a waiting list of six people.
Morales told the board the in town location would be better suited for a community garden, allowing gardeners to walk to their raised garden beds.
Board members were in favor of the idea, and upon the request of the organization, agreed to contribute $2,000 for fencing around the site.
The site will have an estimated 30 raised beds, each 4-feet by 16-feet.
In another showing of support for a local nonprofit, the town board also agreed to contribute a tap fee, worth $4,500, to the Grand County Model Railroad Club for its building project alongside the tracks on the south edge of town.
The club, a 501(c)3, is fixing up a building to contain a railroad museum inside, which would be the only museum in Granby. The tap fee is needed for a public restroom.
The club plans to introduce local youth to model railroading, and the museum is expected to be a tourist attraction for downtown Granby.
Club members hope to replicate historic rail lines in Colorado, and also plan to fashion railside features of a model railroad after existing buildings, even businesses, as a way to raise sponsorships for the building and museum.
30 mph speed
Chief Bill Housley of the Granby Police Department informed board members Tuesday that “there has not been one summons issued in the 30 mph zone on the east side of the bridge to the 50 mph sign,” addressing a speed limit change that has drivers groaning on the way to the grocery store outside of town.
The chief denied a town perception that his squad cars are “camouflaged and hidden” and “burning everyone who comes through there.”
The area where Granby Police is issuing tickets, he said, is where there has always been a 30 mph zone, just after the bridge up to around the fire station. In that section, police had been pulling over people for speeding before the speed change ever occurred, Housley said.
The chief went on to say that it was never his intention to lobby the Colorado Department of Transportation for a lower speed change. He did, however, ask CDOT to move the southbound 50 mph speed sign out “a couple 100 yards” to avoid confusion in the area that was 30 mph, where drivers often sped.
But CDOT “solved that by making it all a 30 mph zone,” Housley said, adding that he himself finds it to be a slow-going stretch.
Now, drivers find it odd that one direction of the same road is a different speed than the other.
To that, Housley said he tells drivers, “Don’t check the speed limit while looking into your rearview mirror.”
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