Mother Earth’s Voice Heard Loud, Clear @ Earth Day
“Mama Earth bats last on her day,” was how Leadville Today reader Curtis Imrie put it. No doubt, the amount of weather related news was high in The Cloud City yesterday, Earth Day, April 22.
The Waters Rose . . .Quickly!
The excitement started Monday night, April 21 when the high spring runoff above the College Park subdivision began to make a direct route toward several homes. The initial call had Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue dispatched to the area, where the urgent situation also activated Lake County Search and Rescue efforts, as the groups began a sandbag operation to protect property from rising waters.
It wasn’t long before Lake County Public Works and the Leadville Street Department joined the efforts with some bigger equipment to build some berms, helping to re-route the water away from the residential area. The College Park subdivision is located off County Road 41, across from Colorado Mountain College in Leadville.
Most of the heavy water damage was limited to one residence, but other residents did feel threatened and a few suffered some water damage. All were grateful for assistance from local responders.
The area will continue to be monitored by local officials and emergency personnel.
In the long run, the housing subdivision which is within Leadville city limits will need to address what many are calling a recurring situation each spring, certainly accelerated this year by high snow pack.
The Falling Rock is Found!
Further north on Highway 24 between Red Cliff and Minturn, a rock slide was reported by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) at 2:25 a.m., with boulders the size of small cars careening down the mountain in the early morning hours on April 22. The huge rocks skipped along the pavement, leaving a good sized hole discovered by an early morning driver.
No injuries were reported. CDOT closed the highway and re-routed traffic via I-70 and Highway 91 into Leadville.
Of course for local commuters the closure made for longer drives and re-scheduled appointments. The road was eventually re-opened by 7 p.m. yesterday evening.
City, EDC Host Downtown Leadville Assessment
The City of Leadville and the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) are hosting a District Assessment visit conducted by Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) on April 28 – 29, 2014.
Local organization representatives, business owners, property owners, and residents are encouraged to participate in focus groups on Monday, April 28, 2014.
The technical assistance program is designed to provide downtown revitalization and economic development technical assistance to Colorado communities hoping to support small business, create partnerships, and develop and sustain a viable and vibrant commercial corridor. The technical assistance is managed by Downtown Colorado, Inc. through a unique collaboration between Downtown Colorado, Inc. and the organization’s private and public sector member volunteers who provide expertise and practical application from downtown districts throughout Colorado and the United States.
Since 2005 DCI has teamed with state and local agencies to identify how best to provide guidance and support to small businesses and other service providers that work in local business districts. Focusing on current conditions in the downtown, a team of professionals spends two days evaluating the community and facilitating focus groups to provide valuable information about the strengths and opportunities of the downtown, as well as creating the foundation from which a work plan can be developed.
According to a presentation that EDC Director Nicole Thompson made at the Leadville City Council meeting on April 1, the budget for the tour and assessment of downtown Leadville comes with a price tag of $10,100. About seventeen team members including two representatives each from Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and Downtown Colorado will be in attendance at the two-day event. While lodging will covered by a member of the EDC, the dollar contributions break down as follows: The EDC will provide up to $6,000, Climax $1,000, City of Leadville $3,000, some of these funds are eligible for reimbursement, with $2,000 from DOLA and $2,000 Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade available.
The schedule for the technical assistance visit will include a detailed tour of Leadville and a full day of focus groups, which local organization representatives, business owners, property owners, and residents are encouraged to participate in on Monday, April 28. Below is the schedule.
The visit will conclude on the second day with a presentation to the public providing an assessment of the community as well as actions steps. Following the downtown assessment visit, a detailed hard –copy “to do” list will be provided to assist the community in building local partnerships and generating some quick wins to build momentum.