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Council hears road update, more

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2013

MONTE VISTA—Public Works Director Robert Vance updated the council on roadwork along Highway 160 at their Aug. 1 regular meeting.

Crews are suggesting they may be able to get traffic running along the south side of the highway and begin work on the north side, as early as Aug. 9. Many area businesses are nervous about the transition, but most have alternate entrances in place and have planned for any interruptions.

The city had originally been required to wait for the road to be finished before installing infrastructure, including lines needed for new lights in the CDOT contract. Now, Concrete Works of Colorado has requested that the city complete that work earlier to avoid having to possibly replace whole sections of work later.

Vance told the council they can authorize an emergency purchase for those parts and materials. Two companies pre-bid for the work, the lower bid, for approximately $43,000, was approved by the council.

Other public works concerns included trees at the Montez Skate Park and other park maintenance. Vance will continue to work on those.

Liquor license

The council approved a liquor license for SLV Superbowl despite incidences reported by the police department. Chief James Grayson said, “There’s been a lot going on there.” The department has made a few arrests at that location, but it there have been fewer calls recently.


Grayson told the council, “Stampede was really good.” There was a strong police presence throughout the weekend, including officers from the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers are still looking into the vandalism at the Montez Skate Park. He said the department was impressed with the community response to the vandalism. Councilors plan to formally recognize the individuals who tried to clean up the park before city crews were able to respond to the site.

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