La Veta town board trims budget to just under $2 million for 2017

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: Dec. 1, 2016) The bridge project and a looming sewer plant project means La Veta will try to hold the line on spending in every department according to Mayor Doug Brgoch. Next year the town will spend $275,000 in engineering costs for drawing up plans for a new sewage treatment plant that must be on line by 2018, according to the state. Brgoch said because of new state standards the old…

Walsenburg prepares for departure of police department

By David Rinehart–(Published: Dec. 1, 2016) Walsenburg Police Officers will take their last call December 31 and then the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office will become the sole law enforcement agency within the city, leaving officials 30 days to negotiate an Intergovernmental Agreement. Voters narrowly passed a measure to disband the police department in November, and according to City Administra-tor Leslie Klusmire, preparations began on the multi-faceted task of disbanding the 143-year old city police department…

Water source secured in Huerfano River basin

By David Rinehart –(Published: Nov. 24, 2016) The Huerfano County Water Conservancy District (HCWCD) has been granted a court decree securing the water for the Huerfano Basin Regional Augmentation Plan. Water Division 2 Judge Larry Schwartz signed the order November 14, based on the original application HCWCD filed December 23, 2013. “It has been a long, arduous journey but it is now complete. You have all done a great service to your county in making…

County seeks funding for Judicial Center site development

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: Nov. 24, 2016) The Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a $573,835 grant application to the Department of Local Affairs for funds to begin improvements at the site of the proposed Judicial Center. The grant application stipulates the funds will be used for relocating utilities and street improvements. News of the grant award won’t come until next March. Additionally, the county has garnered $650,000 from the Underfunded Courthouse Commission for…

County garners $650,000 for judicial center design

By David Rinehart –(Published: November 17, 2016) After meeting Friday with the Underfunded Courthouse Facility Commission, the county received a letter from the commission dated Monday awarding a $650,000 grant for the design of the new judicial center. “Anderson Hallas is authorized to do the design,” County Administrator John Galusha reported. Anderson Hallas is the architectural firm that developed preliminary plans presented to the public last month. The county plans to seek additional Energy Impact…

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