Here are three things to take away from the June 11 meeting of the Buena Vista board of trustees:
1 Envision Chaffee County’s Cindy Williams gave the board a report on the results of Chaffee Common Ground’s wildfire preparedness plan.
Eighty percent of the more than 1,000 respondents to the survey said that they expected Chaffee County to experience a wildfire within the next 5 years, Williams said.
That’s in line with what officials are saying as well, she said.
In spite of this, however, less than half – around 40 percent – had actual plans for evacuation, had signed up with the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office’s reverse 911 program Everbridge to receive public safety information, or even knew where to go for information during a fire event.
2 The trustees approved the local historic designation of the Jailhouse on East Main Street.
The stone-walled building, owned by Johnny and Renata Hughes is now the home of the Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar. It was surveyed as part of the Jacobs Building property when that structure was being considered for the National Register of Historic Places. Documents from that research process refer to the Jailhouse as a carriage house and estimate from fire insurance maps drawn at the time that it was constructed between 1890 and 1908.
In his proposal for nomination to the designation, Hughes says the Jailhouse is “somewhere dated from 1888 and 1926.” Fire insurance maps drawn at the time, collected during the Jacobs Building process, found that the carriage house was not in its present location between 1890 and 1908, but could be seen in maps from 1926.
Hughes said that he wanted to pursue the historic designation to ensure that future owners of the structure would keep its historic integrity.
3 As a twilight softball game played on a field that had just a few hours earlier been home to a temporary village of cyclists just across the street from the community center, town staff present at Tuesday’s meeting exhaled a collective sigh of relief that Ride the Rockies had come and gone.
Recreation director Earl Richmond and town administrator Phillip Puckett said they had spent the day assisting the crews following the 1,700-strong caravan of cyclists setting up camp in BV, one of eight host communities this year.