The Town of Hotchkiss has had enough with the continual change in requirements from CDOT for completion of the Leonard Trail.
Joanne Fagan, town engineer, said CDOT was directing the Town of Hotchkiss to select design consultants for the project based on qualifications only and not what they would charge.
This would place selections for consultants based on the Brooke's Act. Ed Brooke was a Massachusetts senator in the 1970s. It applies to a sidewalk in Hotchkiss because the town would be spending federal money through the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Fagan wrote in her report, "With the qualification-based selection, the town can NOT even know the costs for the design services much less use it in the selection process."
She added that the Brooke's Act would apply to a surveyor and an environmental expert needed for the project.
This angered Mayor Wendell Koontz, town staff and the trustees who did not like the idea of being told they had to hire people on a blank check.
"The government is telling us we can't get a quote or a bid or a rate sheet or anything like that for work on a project in town. We can only hire someone on a qualifications base," Mayor Koontz responded. "I don't know how many more stumbling blocks they can put in front of us. I never saw this one coming."
The Leonard Trail was going to pick up where the trail from along Highway 133 by Hotchkiss K-8 ends by City Market. It would then proceed to the new county fairgrounds entrance on Seventh Street. It was further planned to continue the trail over the North Fork River. Eventual hopes were to have a trail extending all the way to Hotchkiss High School.
The council decided to return the money from CDOT and have the public works department put in a sidewalk over the next three years to the fairgrounds entrance.
The town will return CDOT's $329,000 and will also return the $30,000 grant for the same project from the Department of Local Affairs.
The town could put in a five-foot sidewalk instead of the six feet required by CDOT.blog comments powered by Disqus