Are You Having Mail Delivery Problems?
Many Aspen Springs residents are still having difficulties getting a mail box. One of our residents, a former post office employee, has suggested this link as a way to resolve this problem.
Water Station Approved by State of Colorado
We are finally in the process of getting a contract in place to build the water station. After many bureaucratic delays at the state level the water station has been approved. It is hoped that the station will be up and running by summer's end.
Since the addition of water to the Aspen Springs Metro District Charter the District drilled a well as the first step toward a planned water station. The well has been tested for pressure and water quality and will be able to provide adequate water for the proposed pump station.
This station, when complete, will give Aspen Springs property owners and residents an alternative to the Trails water station which is owned and operated by the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District. This new water station will be owned by the Aspen Springs property owners through the Metro District and include filtration and water storage. All income will be kept in the area for maintenance and improvement of the station as well as local roads and facilities. In addition, the new location will help to save time and reduce vehicle mileage for Aspen Springs users.
We just received the permissions from the State Water Board which will allow us to further develop the well site. We are currently pursuing grants to help pay for the construction of pump station and will soon put the project out for bids.
Rules of the Roads
We have had our own road district for over 20 years and thanks to our community forming our Metro District our roads are well taken care of and are the district’s main concern. Aspen Springs’ roads are county roads, but are maintained by the Aspen Springs Metro District. If you’ve driven around the roads of the county, you’re well aware that Aspen Springs roads are being routinely maintained and are kept in good condition.
Part of having our own road district means we must have some rules to abide by - some originate with the county and some, by necessity, originate with the Aspen Springs Metropolitan District. Rule number one is a county regulation regarding parking in the road right of way. How would we maintain the roads if everybody parked on them? So, the first rule is, NO PARKING IN THE ROAD RIGHT OF WAY. Any vehicle parked in the right of way is subject to being towed away at the owner’s expense.
Rule number two is the road setback. When the Metro District was formed they were given 60’ of road easement (30’ from the center on each side) for maintenance purposes. In order to take care of our roads properly, the Metro District has established a 15 foot setback from the traveled roadway as an area for future improvements such as central utility lines. This 15 foot setback is also used to remove snow in the winter. If you have a fence, utility box, a structure or landscaping in that 15 foot setback, there is a good chance that the snow plow will hit it causing damage to your property and to our public owned equipment, so please think about the tons of snow that must be moved off of our roads every winter and where that snow must be pushed. Any structure, utility installation or other improvement installed in the road right of way will be requested to be moved or it will be removed at the cost of the property owner.
Rule number three is that a permit from the Archuleta County Road & Bridge Dept. is required for all driveways connecting to the district roads. They will tell you if and what type culvert pipe may be needed. A permit is also required for any utility work or road cuts that may need to be done. Also, each homeowner is responsible for cleaning out their own culverts so keep them clean and our roads will be in good shape.
Remember, our road crew consists of three men and they have 66 miles of roads to maintain and plow, so please keep that in mind as you drive in our community. If you have suggestions, concerns, or complaints please come to our Board meeting and discuss it with us.
Archuleta County is currently reviewing a Nuisance Ordinance which could be adopted by September of 2008. This Ordinance includes language on the abatement and removal of rubbish, trash, junk campers, junk motor homes, junk mobile homes, inoperative vehicles, salvage material, used tires, and generally anything that is an impediment to the health, safety and welfare of the public. The Ordinance would be enforced via a complaint process. The draft is available on the County’s website. Also Aspen Springs does fall under the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations and Zoning. These documents are also available on website at www.archuletacounty.org .
Court dates have been set for several property owners for accused of violations of the Nuisance Ordinance. Others properties have already been cleared of trash and junk due to this ordinance.
This ordinance is entirely complaint driven. If you would like more information regarding the Nuisance Ordinance or would like to submit a complaint please contact the Archuleta County Development Services Office at 970-731-3877 or go to the county’s website listed above.
Building Permits Required
Please remember that an Archuleta County Building Permit is required to build in the Aspen Springs area. For more information regarding building permits go to www.archuletacounty.org. Go to Departments click on Development Services; click on Building and than click on Documents. The Residential information packet with give you all the necessary information. Keep it legal by getting your building permit.
Local Noxious Weeds Info
Biennial---Starts late summer or fall as a rosette (flat on the ground). Over winters as green plant
Mature Plant---3’ to 6’ with 1 large flower on each stalk. Up to 20,000 seeds that are viable for up to 15 years
Goal---Prevent seed production
Management---Shovel or hoe (cut root below crown; about 2” below ground level)
Tools---Herbicide – spray before seed production
Insects---insects that eat seeds available for purchase in spring. Rosettes are starting now with the moisture.
Deep rooted perennial growing as deep as 20’
Spreads by roots & seeds with many years of underground reserves. Cutting or pulling has little effect. Color varies from grayish green to dark green, normally 1 to 3 feet tall with multiple ½ flower buds per stalk.
3 years or so to control with herbicide.
For more information contact Archuleta County Weed & Pest Department 970-264-6773
We Need Your Input
Property owners and residents are encouraged to send pictures, articles and letters to be posted at aspenspringsmetro.org. Submissions may be sent to email@example.com or come to the monthly meeting. We’ll see you there!
The Aspen Springs Metro District meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the Metro Building on Metro Dr. at 6 pm.
The public is always welcome and district residents are encouraged to attend. Please call with any questions or concerns to (970)731-5656. The following people are your District Board Members and Road Crew:
Chair Pat Ullrich
Secretary Position Open
Treasurer Kelly Evans
Budget Officer Dickie Warring
Public Works Glenn Robinson
Road Crew Carey Brown
Road Crew Roy Stevens
Please log in to our guest book on the home page and let us know if you have questions or concerns.