Letter: New CRMS driveway questioned
First, I want to thank my three neighbors who took time out of their busy schedules to approach the Garfield County commissioners last Monday about the County Road 106 right of way. The people of the Satank neighborhood and many other Garfield County citizens have many concerns about encroachments on the ROW by CRMS and the lack of signage showing where the County Road 106 right of way goes through CRMS.
About 30 years ago, the people in Satank and CRMS came to a legal agreement to close County Road 106 to through vehicle access through the CRMS campus. This was in exchange for an alternate route to Highway 133 (Dolores Way) and a pedestrian/bike access forever through the campus on the 60-foot-wide easement called the County Road 106 Right of Way.
Now CRMS (possibly illegally, according to Commissioner John Martin) has changed the south entrance to its campus, jeopardizing the County Road 106 right of way. Since the new driveway may leave the easement, anyone who uses the driveway will possibly be trespassing. And since there is a fence across the original easement, they will use the driveway. At the very least, we need a legal agreement saying the path easement now follows the new driveway.
I’m very surprised that the county road and bridge department (according to PI’s April 9 article) would have approached CRMS about any safety concerns at their entrance. As far as I can tell, moving the road 50 feet makes no difference in sight lines. Also, I’ve never heard of any accidents there. There have been accidents at Dolores Way and Highway 133, and they certainly haven’t offered any improvements for safety there.
I look forward to seeing County Road 106 right of way signs explaining the pedestrian/bike access at both the north and south ends of the right of way in the near future. And if the new driveway is deemed legal, I hope to see the legal agreement that keeps the right of way easement intact.
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