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Council to pursue bike park

Posted: Thursday, Feb 14th, 2013


With the success of the new skate park already evident the Monte Vista City Council will begin working toward creating a bike park.


MONTE VISTA—Monte Vista city councilors heard a presentation on a proposed bike park and other matters at their meeting on Feb. 7.

Sean Noonan of the San Luis Valley BLM Field Office explained that the park would have both a beginner area and an advanced and technical pump track and terrain park.

They would design the park to preserve as much green space as they could.

Noonan said that biking is the fastest growing sport in the world; building the park would create economic gain for the town. It would also give area children a place to go after school, on weekends and during the summer.

The proposed park would be located in the open area west of the skate park. Eventually, a splash park may be put in to the east, but for now the city will focus on trying to get the bike park in place.

Councilor Greg Spangler said, “I think it’s an absolutely great idea. Mayor Jose “Art” Medina agreed saying, “I think it’s a good project.” The council agreed to allow Noonan to pursue grant opportunities and move forward, as he can, with the project.

SBDC

Donna Wehe with the Small Business Development Center came to the council to give them a recap of 2012. She reported that there were 68 SBDC clients in Rio Grande County for the year. Those businesses created eight jobs and there were five business started in the county for the year.

The total number of clients for the SBDC in the Valley was 272 for the year and there were 29 jobs created.

Public works

Public Works Director Robert Vance told the councilors that the final payment would be made to RMS Utilities for work done on the Highway 160 project. He said that the final amount for the entire project came in just $17 under budget.

This payment, which was approved by the councilors, will close out the project for the city.

Police

Monte Vista Police Chief James Grayson told the council that the department received 13,000 calls last year. In his report there were 1,020 calls reported for the month of January. Of those calls, 103 were traffic stops, 134 were citizen assists, 133 were phone messages and 122 were on a follow up investigation.

During the month 13 traffic citations were issued, there were nine traffic accidents and 26 county citations were issued in the city. There were two forcible entries and two assaults.


















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