by Bill Knowles
WALSENBURG— The Huerfano County Commissioners received and approved on a 3-0 vote the La Veta Fire Protection District’s application for renewal of license for ambulance service. A recent inspection showed the equipment and training for the service was approved.
Mark Brunner, LVFPD chair, also indicated that snow pack in the Cuchara area is down with the pack falling to 25 percent of historic levels. The LVFPD has called for a burn ban in the southwest area of the county even though burn restrictions have been removed county wide. However some burn licenses have been issued.
Brunner also reported that ambulance run responses have been up through the last reporting period and fire calls have been down over the same period.
County Commissioners also received and approved on a 3-0 vote, changes to the Gardner Public Improvement District. Listed in the changes for the district’s rules and regulations are a change in rates on water tap fee schedule. The base reflects a $30 charge for up to 3,000 gallons with an additional $1 per thousand gallons for 3,000 to 6,000 gallons and a $2.70 charge per thousand gallons for 6,000 to 10,000 gallons.
The change in rules will also allow for customers who are currently receiving a quarterly billing for sewer service to request in writing that their billing be changed to monthly.
And sewer charges for Gardner School have been changed from five cents per student to a $40 flat fee per month.
An annual activity report from Dorcas Circle showed an increase in food box distribution and the number of people served from 2009 to 2010. Regular food boxes distributed were 1,266 in 2009 with 3,530 people served and 1,372 in 2010 serving 3,867 people.
Small food box distribution was 3,022 in 2009 with 7,722 for 2010. The number of people served were 7,080 in 2009 and 18,151 in 2010.
Gary M. Vezzani was elected Walsenburg’s mayor in Tuesday’s special mayoral election/recall vote. Preliminary results announced Tuesday night show that both Nick Vigil in Ward