Turn Back the Pages … Second-home owner study under way
September 18, 2008
Five years ago, a major second-home study was under way in Grand County and other resort counties in Colorado. The study would provide a more detailed look at what most people understood to be a strong economic driver for the mountain resort counties.
With Grand Elk, SolVista, Rendezvous and other projects shaping up, the next 10 to 20 years was thought to possibly produce more changes in Grand County than those of the 1928 opening of the Moffat Tunnel, and when snow plowing of Berthoud Pass began in 1930.
– The Grand Lake Board of Trustees set hearing and town actions that could allow for a new single-family development in Grand Lake. The owner of Elk Creek Campground asked the town to zone and subdivide his 20.8-acre parcel to develop it into a project to be called the Ridge at Elk Creek Subdivision. His proposal, which had been under review since 2001, envisioned subdividing a 5.85-acre parcel of the property into 19 individual lots with the rest to remain as a campground.
Ten years ago, the Public Utilities Commission approved the county’s application to double the surcharge on all telephone bills to help pay for a consolidated, county-wide emergency dispatch system. Grand County telephone customers would see the 50-cent charge on phone bills, designated to pay for emergency 911 calls, increase to $1 on Jan. 1, 1999.
– The Grand County Board of County Commissioners officially appointed an independent housing authority, ending about a decade during which the commissioners served as the housing authority. Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce Director Catherine Ross was appointed as the county representative for the reconstituted Grand County Housing Authority.
Twenty-five years ago, despite continued protests from Grand Lake residents about the economic impact of the decision, the National Park Service announced it would not change its decision to leave the west portion of Trail Ridge Road unplowed for the winter. The road closure to vehicular traffic was necessary to avoid damage to the new road base, which would be partially completed before the snow came.
– The mayors of Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs and Grand Lake met with officials of the Heritage Cablevision company. Their message was that the company must clean up its public image before it could sell any changes in service or rate increases to the television subscribers of Grand County. Heritage restated its contention that Denver channel reception would be impossible to improve without an eventual changeover to direct microwave link to Denver.
Fifty years ago, Gov. Steve McNichols made stops in the county on his statewide campaign tour seeking re-election. With him was his Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Bob Knous.
– In Kremmling news, Patty Perkins and her attendants, Miss Twylah Wendt and Miss Carol Ruth, invited the public to the 42nd annual Middle Park Fair and Rodeo.
Citizen and Pioneers of the year were Fay DeBerard, Elizabeth Jones Free, Helen Call King and Oscar Pickering. Also, the latest in new laboratory tables had been purchased and installed in West Grand High School. They replaced the old lab tables that were purchased when the high school classes were still held in what was the elementary building.