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Commissioners chided on wind farms

by Larry Patrick

WALSENBURG-The Huerfano County Commissioners were told that they  should be doing more about the influx of wind farms coming into Huerfano County. Kent Mace said he is in favor of wind farms but questioned whether commissioners were doing things wisely. Mace said he hasn’t read anything about controls the commissioners should be putting on wind farms that can deal with obstructing views,  towers that don’t work, abandoning towers in the future and the cost to the county to handle the influx of wind farms, workers and people needing more services. Mace said we are looking at ugly infrastructure with wind towers. He wants to make sure the towers blend into the scenery backdrop as much as possible. Making sure that these big companies don’t come in and roll over us was Mace’s concern.

   The County Commissioners assured Mace that they have indeed looked into a number of issues and that the updating of the comprehensive plan will also take a number of his concerns into account.

    County Administrator, John Galusha told commissioners that the county’s share of the 1% sales tax proposal would generate $240,000. He said he didn’t take into account the portion of the 1% that goes to Walsenburg and LaVeta, so actually the amount generated is closer to $500,000. Galusha says if the sales tax proposal passes, all the revenues generated would go to dispatch and also provide  monies for additional emergency services.