by Eric Mullens
WALSENBURG — Huerfano County may be the recipient of $800,000 in United States Forest Service funds if the federal agency is allowed to allocate moneys from one county to another.
The minimum amount the county will receive will be $134,000 according to administrator John Galusha. The federal forest service funds must be allocated by the end of September 2012 and used by the end of September next year.
If full funding is allocated there are five projects on the county agenda: weed control on federal lands within the county; dollars for an in place rock crusher on the upper Huerfano; drainage and road improvements on Cordova Pass; fire fuel mitigation projects in the Black Canyon area; and trailhead improvements.
Galusha said during the Huerfano County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, that he expects the county will be notified of the exact funding amount by the end of this month.
The commissioners reviewed revenue and expenses and said the county is in good shape. Board chairman Scott King thanked county department heads for closely watching their budgets this year.
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