Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun was almost giddy when she announced to council during the Tuesday (Oct. 25) regular meeting, "These are the deeds for the land conveyance."
At press time, deeds for land that includes the Red River Cemetery and Mallette Park were on their way to the U.S. Forest Service -- the final step in a land conveyance the town has waited for some time.
Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun was almost giddy when she announced to council during the Tuesday (Oct. 25) regular meeting, "These are the deeds for the land conveyance. We have to sign them and get them to the Forest Service, then they sign them."
The Columbine Hondo Wilderness Act, a part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law Dec. 19, 2014, by President Barack Obama, included a provision conveying to the town about 40 acres that has been used through a special-use permit with Carson National Forest for an annual fee: Mallette Park, the Red River Cemetery, the sewage treatment plant and a small section of Pioneer Road.
Calhoun noted, the land use cannot change. "The land has to be used in the existing manner. So no condos!"
The town cemetery, located on State Road 38 on the west side of town, includes graves from town fathers and key figures in its history: Brandenburg, Gallagher, Janney, Mallette, Odell, Patterson, Roemer, Simion, Williams, Young and other residents.
Mallette Park, created not long after the town incorporated, is popular for disc golf, skateboarding, basketball, tennis, hiking and climbing.
The part of Pioneer Road being conveyed to the town leads to Red River Ski & Summer Area.
In a 2014 interview with The Chronicle, Calhoun said the town will be able to manage its newly conveyed properties more efficiently. In the past, any time the town wanted to make any changes in the use of the land, they had to inform the Forest Service and then go through any processes the Forest Service determined were appropriate and necessary. The town and the Forest Service have had a good working relationship, so, other than delays, the processes have not been an undue burden.
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