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OSAC Meeting Notes
October 2012

Study Session: A tour of the recently completed trails on the Elk Meadow Dog Off- Leash Area. Brian County showed OSAC members how the trails had aligned so that they did not approach the neighboring properties, avoiding the need for expensive fencing. Where there were significant elevation drops in the trails, to avoid high erosion areas, staff had installed stairs and hand rails. The Area includes a crusher fines trail meeting ADA guidelines, allowing visitors in wheel chairs to enjoy the area. The other trails are natural surface and provide entry to two fenced areas for first time dogs as well as traversing a few miles total. The best part for dog owners was that the improvements were completed one year ahead of schedule.

Regular Session: A grant from the remaining Conservation Trust Funds (CTF) Allocation was approved for the Conifer Area Council to pay for a Parks & Recreation Master Plan. Funding from the remaining CTF allocation also was approved to develop standards and guidelines for signs along the Clear Creek Regional Trail through Clear Creek County, Jeffco, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Westminster, and Adams Counties. Three trail easements were approved along the Welch Ditch from where it leaves South Table Mountain Park to where it meets Denver West Circle. This trail segment will allow for a trail head with parking in the Denver West Office Park.

An Executive Session was held to discuss a property, Gilpin Ranch LLC, adjacent to the North side of the Booth Ranch property, which was acquired late in 2011. After the executive session a resolution containing a maximum price was approved to go forth on considering the property.

Director Hoby reported to OSAC that Wheat Ridge had chosen not to acquire and develop the Martenson school site and was returning the $256,000 that was granted in early 2012.

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