GV Trails Plan Stands, For Now
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - City officials deliberated Monday evening on whether or not to keep the Grand Valley Trails Master Plan, which has been at the center of controversy for the past decade.
The most recent version of the plan was approved in 2001 and includes trails along several canals, which irrigation and other water companies say is unacceptable.
They maintain it's unsafe to allow people to run along canals. In addition, it's an encroachment on private property.
Despite these objections, councilmembers Jim Doody and Bennett Boeschenstein say future trail development is crucial to the community and paths along canals provide a good opportunity at making that happen.
However, Mayor Sam Susuras, Mayor Pro Tem Marty Chazen and councilmembers Phyllis Norris and Duncan McArthur felt the safety, and private property rights issues would be a problem during future development and wanted the plan altered.
However, not enough of the council could agree on how to alter the plan. Susuras and Norris said they would adopt an altered plan that removed canal banks from the equation entirely. However, Chazen, Doody, Boeschenstein and McArthur would not approve just a sans-canal plan and instead would want to rework various parts of the plan.
A third vote taken to determine whether or not to abolish the 2001 Grand Valley Trails Master Plan entirely ended in a stalemate at 3-3. So, at least for now, the plan stays in effect.
Any future trail development by the Grand Junction Trails Committee will require approval by canal owners, who have already promised they will give no such leeway.