Town Council to discuss a variety of topics


The Pagosa Springs Town Council will hear a number of reports from its department heads and discuss several important matters at its meeting tonight at 5 p.m. in Town Hall, according to the agenda packet posted Tuesday afternoon.

First, Town Planner James Dickhoff’s report states, “The Planning and Building department has experienced a heavy work load this year. Building permits and development is higher than we have seen in many years, as is daily inquires for potential developments, building, land use permits and special projects. Unfortunately, the response time for processing land use applications has been extended this year, resulting in delayed private projects.”

Dickhoff has made several requests for town council to hire additional staff for the planning department, and continues to do so.

In another section of the agenda, Town Manager Greg Schulte reports that the pedestrian bridge between The Springs Resort and the county courthouse, which has been in place for almost 20 years, was found to have cracks in its metal structure during recent routine maintenance.

Jim Van Liere, a local structural engineer, was hired to do a complete evaluation of the bridge and found that the primary cause of the distress in this bridge is the fact that the support conditions to allow for expansion and contraction of the bridge under various loading conditions has been compromised at the northeast corner support, and possibly the remaining three support corners.

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