Herald JournalHerald Journal, March 15, 2004

Youth to help design Montrose skate park

By Dave Cox

Park and recreation committee member Keith Roseen gave the Montrose City Council an update on the proposed skate park at its meeting last Monday.

“We are looking at a 40’ by 40’ skate park in Lent Park,” Roseen said.

The commission has invited representatives from Skate Wave and Tru Ride, companies that sell skate park equipment, to give presentations at their next meeting.

“We have invited some of the kids to come to our April 6 meeting to get more interaction and to get their participation in the design. We hope that by giving them more ownership in the project, they will take better care of it when it is done,” Roseen said.

All of the equipment in the park will be 48” or lower so that the park does not need to be staffed.

“Wendy and I have written up a grant proposal. If accepted, it is possible that we could get something between $5,000 and $25,000 for this project,” said Council Member Jeff Mattson.

The commission expects to have a recommendation for the council at its next meeting after Tuesday, April 6.

Council Member Sharon Knodel asked Roseen if there had been any discussion about a BMX bike park for the city.

“The BMX park has been tabled until more land is available. Right now, we don’t have a feasible area, but there will be more land available in later stages of development,” Roseen said.

In other business, the council approved a subdivision ordinance after hearing an update from City Planner Bob Kirmis.

Kirmis reviewed some concerns brought up at the public hearing Jan. 21 during a planning commission meeting.

A suggestion made at the hearing was that a copy of the ordinance be sent to area developers for review and comment prior to the council taking action on the ordinance.

Kirmis said that workshop meetings took place that were open to the public, and copies of the ordinance could be made available upon request, but staff does not feel it is appropriate to go beyond the city’s legal notification requirements.

There was also a concern that the definition of a significant tree in the draft ordinance was excessive.

Staff concurred, and the definition was changed to include “healthy trees that are a minimum of six inches in diameter for hardwood deciduous trees, 12 inches in diameter for softwood deciduous trees, and a minimum of 12 feet in height for evergreen trees.”

It was further recommended that a distinction be made between American Elm trees and Siberian Elm trees, and that American Elm trees be classified as hardwoods under the ordinance.

The motion to approve the ordinance included these and other recommendations made by Kirmis and the planning and zoning commission.

The council also approved a Planned Unit Development (PUD) and preliminary plat for Rock Brook Townhomes. This will be an 18-unit town home development on a 2.9 acre site south of Seventh Street South, and west of Highway 25.

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