by Larry Patrick
WALSENBURG- The county commissioners learned that the State Court Administrator’s Office has awarded the local security team a grant for $73,142 for security at the courthouse. $30,000 of the grant will be used for security personnel to man the front doors of the courthouse, nearly $42,000 will be used for security equipment for entrances and $1,300 used for training. Grant monies should be available around the first of the year.
The courthouse entrance is being moved to the front for better security. A chairlift for the handicapped should be ready for use by mid-December.
San Isabel Electric Association informed the County Commissioners that RES America, planners for the Silver Mountain Wind Project will not be able to use the 115 KV transmission line owned by SIEA. The line does not have the capacity to support such a project. RES needs 168 MW for the Silver Mountain Wind Project. San Isabel says they strongly support the development of renewable energy projects in their service area.
RES will need to find an alternative to that particular transmission line to move forward with their project.
The Commissioners continue to receive correspondence from residents of the County about the Silver Wind Farm Project. They received two letters this week, one in favor and one opposed to the project along with letters opposed to the proposed transmission line. The Commissioners will take up the matter of the Silver Wind Farm Project at their Dec. 9th meeting. They will not meet next Wednesday due to a state meeting of county officials.
The La Veta Fire Department District ambulance service renewal was approved by the Commissioners.