Town Administrator June 19, 2019Open Space and Trails Advisory Board.
I enjoyed attending the OSTAB meeting last week during which the Advisory Board reviewed the Coal Creek Channel Restoration Conceptual Design Report
. That report describes the water quality, habitat and open space impact causes by channel erosion and loss of sediment in Coal Creek. The erosion is also threatening to damage roadways, utilities and private property as well. The Report outlines various actions the Town might take to mitigate those problems. It is a big and expensive issue that will take a long time to address, I asked the OSTAB to review the report and let me and the Board of Trustees know where it fits in with OSTAB’s other priorities. I am always impressed with the level of expertise and dedication among advisory board volunteers, and OSTAB is no exception. Thank you for your service to the Town of Erie! Oil and Gas.
Deputy Town Administrator Farrell Buller, Barb Green and John Sullivan (the Town’s special oil and gas legal counsel), and I met with Jeff Robbins, Director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, COGCC staff, and representatives from Crestone Peak Resources. Crestone had asked for the meeting to discuss Crestone’s application for the Acme pad, which the COGCC will be considering within the new regulatory framework enacted through SB-181. During the meeting, Crestone suggested the Crestone/Erie Operator Agreement provides a robust framework that covers the requirements Crestone anticipates the COGCC will implement through the rule-making process to implement the provisions of SB-181. Director Robbins indicated that as part of the COGCC’s work, he and the COGCC staff will be looking closely at the Crestone/Erie Operator Agreement, as well as other operator agreements.Bike to Work Day.
Wednesday, June 26 is Bike to Work Day. If you can, please join me in biking to and from work that day. I am fortunate to be able to ride my bike from home to Town Hall following the Coal Creek Trail almost the entire way. It is a beautiful ride, but does take me about 90 minutes to ride the entire route, so I will have to get up early next Wednesday! As a challenge to all Town employees, I will take to lunch anyone who rides farther than I do that day (28 miles round trip) on a non-motorized bike (while I celebrate anyone who rides an e-bike, I don’t have one yet
, so the competition has to be fair). I hope I get to take several Town employees to lunch, and I look forward to swapping biking stories with you!