Rose Ranch extension not a thorny issue |

Rose Ranch extension not a thorny issue

The Garfield County Commissioners dealt with new subdivisions, expanded telephone service and concerts and rodeos at the fairgrounds in action Monday.The developers of Rose Ranch asked for and got the commissioners’ approval for extending the completion date for the new golf course community south of Glenwood Springs.A new completion date of Dec. 31, 2002, represents the fourth extension granted by the commissioners.”It’s just been construction delays,” said Glenwood Springs attorney Tim Thulson who represents the developer, L.B. Rose Ranch LLC. “It’s a big project. It’s complicated construction.”Thulson asked for the September date but said construction is expected to be completed in July.The 533-acre subdivision will include an 18-hole golf course that is actually an extension of the nine-hole Westbank Golf Course, and 300 single family homes.-Also under consideration was whether the commissioners should weigh in when the Colorado Public Utilities Commission reviews a request by Parachute residents to expand their local telephone calling area to Glenwood Springs.Currently, it’s a long distance call from Parachute to Glenwood Springs and a local call to Grand Junction.County operations director Dale Hancock told the commissioners Monday that Qwest has indicated to the PUC that it wants to testify about the proposed change. The deadline for interested parties to intervene is March 11.Hancock said the PUC has received 1,000 form letters from people and businesses in the Parachute area supporting the idea.Commissioner John Martin said he would attend the PUC hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.-The commissioners also heard a report from county administrator Ed Green that a promoter has asked to reserve 12 dates at the fairgrounds for rodeos and a concert series.Green assured the commissioners the dates would not interfere with the county fair, which is set to run this year from Aug. 8 to 12.Green said the Fair Board is concerned about tying up the arena and the north building for so many dates.But Commissioner Larry McCown of Rifle liked the idea.”That’s what this facility is for,” he said.

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