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Proposed Jim Billen Trail: Last Week To Comment; Public Hearing Set For April 25

on April 17, 2019 - 7:56am
Map with highlighted section in yellow shown on the existing Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail details the proposed segment of the trail to be re-named Jim Billen Trail. Courtesy/LAC
Individuals have one more week to submit comments “for” or “against” a citizen petition to re-name a segment of the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail as the “Jim Billen Trail.” Billen passed away April 14, 2018.
Under County Code, a public hearing must be held prior to naming or re-naming any County facility – or in this case, a trail – after a deceased individual, and such a request can only be considered six months or more after the person’s death.
Individuals unable to attend the upcoming Public Hearing 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge may email comments to or submit comments in writing to the County’s Public Information Officer Julie Habiger at 1000 Central Ave., Ste. 350. All written or emailed comments must be received before 5 p.m., April 25.
An impartial committee of citizens, business owners and Boards and Commission members will consider the petition request at the April 25 public hearing. They will hear public comment “for” or “against” the request and then vote upon a recommendation to forward to the Council.
The following is the language in the petition regarding the request for renaming the segment:
“In memory of Jim Billen, the man who donated six years of his time and effort to build this segment of trail for all to enjoy.”
This item with the committee’s recommendation will be on Council’s agenda 6 p.m., May 7 for its regular session in Council Chambers.