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Turn Back the Pages … Granby, SilverCreek continue legal battle

Cyndi McCoy
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado

Five years ago, the sewer line that linked SilverCreek, Grand Elk and SolVista to the Granby sewer plant became a pawn in the legal battle between the town of Granby and the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District. SilverCreek was suing the town of Granby over the town’s attempt to exclude portions of the SilverCreek district so the town could take over water and sewer services to those areas that were within the town boundaries. If the ongoing legal battle was not resolved, Grand Elk Ranch and Club would have to come up with $580,000 quickly.

– In a related matter, the Granby Board of Trustees OK’d an optimistic $3.6 million budget that envisioned added revenue to the town’s funds in both sales taxes and property taxes and fees. For 2003 the town expected to spend $2.5 million in the general fund compared to $1.7 million in 2004. A total of $500,000 of the increase was attributed to the money the town would get from the Grand Elk Ranch and Club Special Improvement District for renovations to Granby’s downtown area.

Ten years ago, Hot Sulphur Springs was the first town in Grand County to buy into a local land conservation easement with the Grand County Land Conservancy. Mike and Debby Thompson, who owned a 35-acre parcel east of town, asked the GCLC to help with a conservation easement on their property, the former Thompson Arena.

– The Grand Lake Area Arts Council was on a mission to pay off the debt on the band camp building it purchased in 1995. The group was hoping to move on with improving the building, purchased at half its market value of $300,000 then, and putting it into public service.

– Sharon Farrell spotted screen star Dan Akroyd in Hot Sulphur Springs. Sharon Fagan and Ken Reynolds were the new owners at Lonesome Dove Cottages in Grand Lake. And, US West, the Granby Rotary Club, Mountain Parks Electric, the Granby chamber of Commerce and Public Service Company were part of several entities helping to hang holiday lights in Granby.

Twenty-five years ago, when the SilverCreek ski area opened for its second season of business Thanksgiving weekend, skiers would have the opportunity to enjoy several new facilities and services. Most noteworthy were seven new downhill ski runs, adding another 75 acres to its previous 100 acre area, and the addition of night skiing.

– The Grand County Board of County Commissioners left the door open for 1984 funding for the animal control program. It directed the county controller to figure out the next year’s budget without a half-mill property tax rollback they had planned earlier.

– Grand County got its first real snowstorm with accumulations of up to 10 inches reported by the Denver Water Board station near Winter Park. Granby residents were in an uproar about unexpected high costs (about $150 per household) associated with buying and installing new water meters. And, Colorado Sen. Bill Armstrong wanted to end federal subsidies to Amtrak by 1985 and drafted an amendment to Amtrak’s congressional reauthorization bill.

Fifty years ago, according to a study conducted by a University of Colorado political science professor, county governments in Colorado were not set up to administer modern road and highway programs. He called for a review by the Legislature of the current county road program, which it was felt might lead to the elimination of county functions in the road field.

– The Colorado Watershed Conservation Association proposed a merger with the Colorado Water Congress. The goal of both groups was the same: protection and full development of the state’s water resources. The proposed merger would bring the two groups together at the state level, lending they hoped would be an effective voice to Colorado water interests.

– Mrs. Pat Barton and Mrs. June Swanson killed a seven-point bull elk while hunting the East Fork of the Troublesome. Jim Noonen was elected sheep representative from Middle Park for the Bureau of Land Management Colorado District 2. The El Grande Theatre was showing “The Left-Handed Gun” with Paul Newman. And, the American Problems class of West Grand High School was conducting a survey about the amount of interest in the community and school in creating a teenage recreational center.

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