The county fair, weeds, roads and coffee are an unlikely combination, but that is exactly what Routt County is mixing together next week for rural residents.
Routt County will provide coffee and a chance for residents to ask questions about the fair, weeds and roads next week in Yampa and Hayden. Routt County Extension Director C.J. Mucklow, Routt County Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper and Weed Control Supervisor Matt Custer will be on hand to take questions, comments or suggestions about their departments. People also can bring in samples of weeds they need help identifying.
From 6 to 8 a.m. Aug. 3, the trio will be at the Country Cafe in Yampa. From 6 to 8 a.m. Aug. 4, they will be at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden.
"It's just a chance for people to come in and bend our ear a little and ask us how things are going," Draper said.
He noted that a few years ago, the county departments did similar outreach work in the outlying communities.
Michelle Maneotis with the extension office said it is a chance for residents to ask questions about weeds, agriculture or the fair.
"We are trying to do public outreach, trying to get an open forum," she said.
Draper said he probably would get requests to blade the county's gravel roads. Without adequate moisture, Draper said, the road and bridge department has not been able to even out those roads.
Draper has fielded calls from across Routt County to smooth roads that jar drivers with washboards and potholes.
"Until we get pretty good moisture, it is going to be hard to do much with the gravel roads," he said. "If we worked the road today, it would be the biggest mess you ever saw."
Draper also said there could be questions about the other road construction projects the county is doing.
The county is finishing up projects that put chip-and-seal on sections of Routt County Road 129 and C.R. 36.
The largest road project for the summer is reconstructing part of C.R. 27, also known as Twentymile Road. The work will be done on a 3.1-mile stretch of Twentymile Road starting from C.R. 27A. The improvements should be finished by Nov. 1.