Grand Lake officials ask voters to decide on legals
November 24, 2009
Town of Grand Lake officials unanimously approved submitting a ballot question for the April 6 election that, if approved, would allow the town to publish proposed ordinances by title only.
Town Shane Hale outlined to trustees on Monday that publishing legals in the newspaper is projected to cost the town $15,000 in 2009. It “is a steep debt to consider in times of diminishing returns on revenues,” Hale wrote in a memo to trustees.
“Ordinances have been the lion’s share of publication costs,” he continued. “Additionally, I believe that it’s a general consensus that people don’t generally read notices anyway – it’s a small font, and many people don’t have the time.”
Hale said the town proposes to publish ordinance information in full in other places “in areas (the public) is more likely to use.”
Town staff members have the ability to update resolution information on the town’s Web site in a moment’s notice, he said.
Meanwhile, Hale apprised trustees of a draft bill on the state level that would change the definition of a legal newspaper to include free newspapers. Currently, municipalities are mandated to publish legals in paid-subscription-based newspapers only, such as in the Middle Park Times versus the Sky-Hi Daily News, a free newspaper.
Sprinklers are now required in townhomes in Grand Lake, if the townhome structure contains three or more attached units. Grand Lake officials adopted the 2009 International Building Code except that single-family residential homes and duplexes are exempted from the mandatory fire sprinkler ordinance.