Walsenburg

Walsenburg Council receives final version of city’s Strategic Plan

By David Rinehart –(Published: April 20, 2017) While still taking modifications from council at their work session Tuesday, Barb Cole of Community Matters, Inc. presented the nearly final version of the Strategic Plan for the city. The work completed by the company encapsulates the feedback and conclusions from many community surveys and other economic development studies over the decade. The plan includes detailed analysis of seven different growth areas, providing at-a-glance answers to infrastructure, zoning…

New Northlands sewer can handle 150 percent growth in the area

By David Rinehart (Published: April 13, 2017) The brand new sewer system in Northlands can accommodate one and one half times the current flow generated by existing business and homes lying within the Northlands General Improvement District (GID), according to Jason Meyer, P.E. from GMS, Inc. the engineer for the project. The system was not planned to accommodate any development east of Interstate 25 and outside the GID boundaries Meyer told Walsenburg City Council at…

Manuel Lujan appointed to fill Walsenburg Council vacancy

By David Rinehart –(Published: March 23, 2017) Long-time resident of Walsenburg, Manuel Lujan, was appointed by Walsenburg City Council at their regular meeting Tuesday night to fill the vacant Ward 3 seat, left empty when John Salazar moved away. “I believe that I can help bring new ideas to the Walsenburg City Council,” Lujan said in his letter of intent. “I believe it is my duty to help our community and to ensure that other…

Council reconsiders sale of water

By David Rinehart –(Published: March 23, 2017) Council reconsidered their vote from the last meeting to authorize the sale of one million gallons of water to M&M Trucking and decided not to agree to the sale. “It turned out to be a fracking project,” City Administrator Leslie Klusmire reported. “I think we were led down the wrong path from the get-go,” Mayor Pro-Tem Craig Lessar said. “It was poor business practice to leave out the…

Stand off between city and sheriff reaches tipping point

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: March 16, 2017) City Administrator Leslie Klusmire was nearly arrested last week after she reportedly denied access to Walsenburg Police records. Klusmire said Capt. Ray Walsh, HCSO, accompanied by Jeff Byland, came to city hall to meet with former Capt. Vince Suarez to download files that need to be transferred to the sheriff’s office. She asked Byland to leave and said the city has had problems with him in the past…

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