Looking back: Trustees set budget for 1957
Excellent wheat grass
Harvesting of more than five tons of intermediate wheat grass seed was completed last week on land owned by Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Bartyzel in Twentymile Park. The excellent strand of grass resulted from seeding in the fall of 1952 and when harvested much of it stood over four feet high.
Combining was finished on 100 acres of dry land on their ranch by Frank Krause of Hayden who has a special combine for grasses.
Perennial grass seed is becoming an excellent money crop as well as a tool for preventing corrosion on dry land farms. It prevents erosion on farms and is proving successful in Routt County.
The intermediate wheat grass is dominant this fall and has remained green in spite of drought and frost. Bartyzel plans to bale the grass left from seed harvesting. Reseeded pasture furnished considerable grazing for sheep last year and promises to continue producing excellent forage.
Town Board sets budget
Town trustees have set up a budget of $131,980.50 for 1957 that will be passed on first reading at the October board meeting. The budget shows an increase of $7,596.33 over this year’s total revenue and expenditures. However, it includes money accrued in a building and firemen and policemen pension funds.
The town is ending the current year in good shape financially and the budget for next year includes some new items. For the first time parks will be financed partially from the town recreation fund and $1,500 has been set aside for repair of the Soda spring. Recreation funds also will be used to assist in financing community hall operation.
Irrigation dam complete
Another step in the development of Northwestern Colorado’s water resources was completed last weekend when the finishing touches were placed on the Allen-Basin reservoir.
The dam will irrigate 3,000 acres on eight farms and ranches. It was financed by eight ranchers and farmers that compose the Allen-Basin Reservoir Company and is constructed on Middle Hunt Creek in Rio Blanco county, 10 miles west of Yampa.
Construction of the dam entailed moveing 80,000 square yards building a drain system through the bottom of the dam, an easily accessible valve to regulate the water flow, grading a spillway, and rip-rapping the front of the dam to check erosion.
The reservoir will have a watershed area of more than 1,960 acres in the Yampa River watershed. It will hold 2,250 acre feet of water that will be backed up in 93 acres of land in the Routt National Forest.
A 30-inch pipe, 300 feet long, was placed underneath, through which the water will be drained for irrigation. Water flow is controlled by a valve of a wheel placed at the top of the dam. The reservoir will help control soil erosion as well as afford water for irrigation.
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