RIDGWAY – At a hastily convened special meeting on Thursday night, Sept. 5, the Ridgway Town Council unanimously voted to remove the $2.7 million Streetscape bond initiative from November’s ballot.
The action came in response to heavy pressure from members of the Ridgway business community, who threatened to execute an aggressive publicity campaign to defeat the measure if it went up for vote.
This Friday, Sept. 6, is the deadline to finalize ballot language for November’s election.
The $2.7 million bond initiative was intended to help fund Ridgway’s long-simmering Historic Business District Streetscape Plan, first proposed in 2006, which calls for infrastructure and aesthetic improvements to Ridgway’s core business district, with the hope of drawing motorists off the main drag of Highway 62 and into a vibrant, inviting downtown.
If the initiative had been successful, the money raised would have been used as matching funds to leverage one of two outside funding opportunities from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) that had recently surfaced to facilitate the project.