Update from Bluff Town Council, Nov. 1, 2019. By Jim Sayers

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Since August, your Bluff Town Council (BTC) has achieved movement towards a number of goals.

After many meetings with BSA, all infrastructure in Town has effectively and legally been moved from Bluff Service Area to Town of Bluff. This includes all Community Center structures, parks, and all of the water system as well as all water rights. The Town has secured over $90K from Community Development Block Grants for a 50-year water study, and the bid process has resulted in Sunrise Engineering to do the work. The kickoff for the grant is tentatively November 12 at the CC. Thank you to all the Bluff Service Area for their tremendous assistance in this.

Related to the infrastructure acquisition, BTC is now responsible for all non-state roads within our boundaries. BTC has already contracted several of the most seriously needed repairs of potholes and the turnoff apron into the post office. The weather may decide if these repairs can be accomplished soon. Thank you to Michael Haviken and Brant Murray.

Our Planning and Zoning Commission has been hard at work formulating ordinances consistent with the General Plan that passed unanimously at its very positively-received public hearing. The General Plan was constructed in very thoughtful manner, and gives direction to the time-consuming task of ordinances. Zoning and basic commercial and residential building ordinances were completed by the end of the moratorium, and further goals have been placed on a specific timeline by the Commission. The Commission’s work is online at townofbluff.org, and application forms and flow are moving forward rapidly. Our first sign application was just approved for La Posada Pintada! Good work Jen.

BTC has leased space to the Food Pantry. Numerous volunteers in town have helped provide quality nutrition to many in the area, and this will continue under the dedicated guidance of Ginny Burns.

Bluff River Trail, guided by a cooperative agreement between Bluff City Historic Preservation, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the Bureau of Land Management, is moving forward with archaeological surveying of the proposed trail on the bench above and east of Sand Island. BTC supports this beautiful future addition to our town, which will be the only San Juan River Trail west of Farmington, New Mexico.

Be sure and vote Tuesday, Nov. 5!

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