NEW CASTLE, Colorado - Worried about the effects of heavy traffic, the town council wants a policy governing the use of County Road 335 (Colorado River Road) as a designated haul route for the oil and gas industry.
The council will address the issue at its regular meeting tonight, but the real target is a Feb. 5 joint meeting with the Garfield Board of County Commissioners.
That is when the councilors plan to ask the county commissioners for assurances for financial help for repairs and maintenance on the 1.5-mile stretch of the road that passes through the southern part of town, on the south side of the Colorado River.
That stretch of road runs from the Exit 105 bridge westward to the RAC Transport trucking yard.
The road has been used by the industry for years to get to gas fields in the Garfield Creek region, and already is in need of repair, according to the town.
"For New Castle to try to do its own thing doesn't seem very fruitful," noted town administrator Tom Baker.
He explained that New Castle's engineering staff has concluded that 335 Road needs $800,000 in repairs and upgrades just within the town's jurisdiction, in order to continue serving heavy industrial traffic.
According to a memo from Baker to the council, the county requires users of the road to post a $500,000 bond that the county can dip into for repairs and maintenance.
Since the county has designated 335 Road as a haul route for industry traffic, Baker said, the New Castle councilors want the town to be included as an "additional insured" entity under the bond.
The meeting with the BOCC is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main St.
At the council's regular meeting tonight, the council also will:
• Consider adoption of an eight-month moratorium on applications for permits by medical marijuana centers and recreational marijuana outlets.
• Consider a New Castle Chamber of Commerce request for $4,000 in operating funds for 2013.
• Consider a liquor license transfer from Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Co. (now in receivership) to the Lakota Food and Beverage LLC.
Tonight's town council meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 450 W. Main St.