Horse-drawn carriage days will return to Carbondale streets
Listen for the “clippity clop, clippity clop” of horses’ hooves on Carbondale’s Main Street this summer.On Tuesday night, the Carbondale Board of Trustees approved Paul Harris’ request to reserve two parking spaces for a horse-drawn carriage in front of his Palomino Grill.In a memo to the town, Harris said he’ll run the four-passenger carriage from his restaurant to the Days Inn and Comfort Inn from late afternoon and into the evening this summer. The round trip will take about an hour.He said a modest return to horse and buggy days will alleviate some Main Street parking problems.”I can also see doing it Thanksgiving, Christmas and weekends in the winter,” Harris told the trustees.After a brief discussion, trustees unanimously approved Harris’s request.”This is done in other towns, and it goes over quite well,” said town manager John Hier.The parking permit is for 4:30 to 10 p.m., from Memorial Day to Labor Day.Harris said the carriage will be equipped with lamps and flashing rear lights for dusk and darkness visibility, with hydraulic brakes, a slow moving vehicle sign, and an equine insurance policy.The horse will also wear a “bunbag” for sanitation.”I feel that my horse and carriage operation will add to the character of Main Street, benefiting the entire business community of the Main Street corridor and the economic development of the town in general,” Harris said in a memo.Housing issues related to the Bonanza Trailer Park also caught the trustees’ attention Tuesday.After hearing a plea from Bonanza residents, trustees agreed to revive discussion of a replacement housing ordinance. It would require developers to build new housing when residents on their property are displaced by redevelopment.Bonanza residents received notice last year they will have to move when developers convert the property this summer. The park sits between Town Hall and Main Street.Town planner Mark Chain said a replacement housing ordinance wouldn’t apply to the Bonanza property unless trustees made it an emergency ordinance.Trustees will discuss the replacement housing ordinance, which stalled at the Planning and Zoning Commission, in a work session next week.In other action Tuesday night:-Trustees approved a Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities permit request to use Sopris Park for its annual Mountain Fair, slated for July 26-28.CCAH will pay $100 per day for the gazebo, the same rate as last year. Rental for the Performance in the Park series was set at $100 per night, also same as last year.CCAH also withdrew a special permit application to use its North Face property for three events this summer.-Parking in the Main Street lot next to the Centennial Building will be limited to two hours during upcoming construction in the 300 block.-Rachel Ware was appointed to the Carbondale Environmental Board. Richard Camp was named to the Parks and Recreation Commission, and Nelson Oldham named as an alternate.-The town awarded $950 to the Carbondale Clay Center for its on-going tile project at the Sopris Park restroom.
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