The commissioners approved the road status and road miles certification to the state in order to receive funding from Highway Users Tax Fund for county road maintenance.
Public Works Director Darrell Evig presented the 2020 HUTF annual road miles report to the commissioners.
HUTF is mostly funded by state and federal taxes on vehicle fuel.
The report documents miles of roads by surface type and status of roads. It also summarizes any changes from the year before.
The document certified 1,602.2 miles of HUT eligible roads, with 1,274.2 miles of local roads and 327.99 miles of arterial roads.
There are 249.1 miles of roads that are maintained by an entity other than the county, such as homeowners associations, towns or metro districts. Another 88.8 miles are not maintained by anyone.
Roads not maintained or maintained by another entity are not eligible for HUTF money.
Once approved by the commissioners, the certification is sent to Colorado Department of Transportation. CDOT distributes HUTF to counties and towns on a monthly basis.
According to CDOT’s website, Park County received $6,100,297 from HUTF in 2019.
Evig said the funding should be a little higher in 2020 due to additions and surface changes. Examples he listed are Bulldogger Road and Sheldon Drive in northeast Park County.
Bulldogger was extended around the Bailey Library to County Road 43A.
Sheldon Drive, about six miles northwest of the intersection of U.S. Highway 285 and CR 43A, was chip sealed.
He said several chip sealed roads had potholes filled last year, and this year a new layer of chip seal was scheduled to be overlaid on those roads.
Evig said this year he is using new technology for dust suppression instead of magnesium chloride. The new material can last up to three years instead of the one year that magnesium chloride lasts.
Evig said more qualified people are applying for jobs now that salaries were increased. Currently, he has two vacancies to fill.
He said some of the new employees had road maintenance experience but not in mountainous areas. Some told him they had never seen as much snow as in Park County.
Employees are trained to push snow as far off the road as possible or snow wouldn’t be able to be moved off the road later in the winter.
Now that they have been trained on snow removal, Evig said this winter the roads should be in better shape.
Commissioner Mike Brazell asked what had been a success and a struggle of the department this past year.
Evig said getting new equipment and building snow traps to reduce the amount of snow blowing across roads were successes.
He said struggles included equipment breakdowns and operators sometimes not showing up on days when really needed.
He said the new portable rock crusher has helped, but some rock at higher elevations is too hard and beats up the crusher.
For those areas, he has contracts with mining companies for crushed rock.
Brazell said the number of road complaints has decreased. He thanked Evig for his leadership.
Hazard mitigation plan
Ecology and Environment, Inc. located in Boulder received the bid award to complete an update to the multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan.
The plan’s five-year update is required to receive Federal Emergency Management Act funding in cases of emergencies.
The plan is signed by the county, towns and fire districts in the county.
E and E will be paid $39,900 to update the plan.
If the county chooses to incorporate Cascarta, a mapping tool developed by E and E, the cost will increase to $42,300 to include the software and training.
The software maps the built environment and predicts resiliency to a disaster.
The plan will be reviewed and commented on by the state and FEMA before final revision, if necessary, withadoption by the county in late July or August.
The commissioners approved a change in ownership of the Happy Camper Cannabis Company located on Crow Hill. The change in ownership added Brian Grabow and Colleen Scanlon-Maynard as shared owners with Daniel Sprague, who was the sole owner.
The Flume did not receive a copy of the voucher summary for Jan. 16. Total funds approved was $860,908.
Note – This article is based on a recording of the meeting and copies of documents presented.