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County to survey property for ambulance garage; hears from Trinchera Ranch

by Bill Knowles

WALSENBURG—The county is preparing to fund an $1,850 contract to have a surveyor put lines to the proposed ambulance garage the county will be building on two acres in the Northlands.  The cost of the property is around $74,000 and the county will be asking the city for a variance on zoning for the property allowing for the two acres to be subdivided.

    The county has been working on getting a new home for the Huerfano County Ambulance service for at least a year.  The county also approved a mutual aid agreement between the ambulance service and the La Veta Fire Protection District during their regular scheduled meeting on Wednesday.

    County Commissioners also heard from representatives from Trinchera Ranch on the Southern Colorado Transmission Line project.  Kyle Miller and Cody Wertz work for a public relations firm hired by Trinchera and Russell Kemp is an attorney.

    Wertz presented an alternative route that for the transmission lines.  The route will run north from the San Luis Valley to Poncha Pass with a suggested extension to the Malta substation near Leadville.  The proposed route would keep lines from being constructed over the La Veta Pass and through several subdivisions such a Majors Ranch.  Xcel Energy’s proposed routes through Huerfano County has generated stiff opposition from various groups in La Veta and in the Majors Ranch subdivision. 

    Al Tucker, President of the Majors Ranch Home Owners Association told the commissioners that it opposes the northern route that Xcel Energy has been suggesting.  “We also oppose the use of eminent domain to take property for the project and we do support all coalitions who oppose the routes.”