by Larry Patrick
While not a dramatic increase over last year, Huerfano County is on pace to exceed the number of foreclosures from 2008. Debbie Reynolds, County Treasurer told the Huerfano County Commissioners that there were 16 more foreclosures during April, May and June. That brings the 6 month total to 34 for the year. There were 43 all of last year in the county.
The Commissioners heard from Herbert Rehm of Navajo Estates about road safety issues in that area. He expressed concerns about speed limits, faded stop signs, the need for guard rails, more gravel, cleaning of high weeds and road flooding because ditches need cleaned. The Commissioners pointed out that rules on road signs and speed limits are set by the state and can’t be arbitrarily changed. They understood some of the other concerns but lack of money makes some of the requests difficult.
Several members of Tri-State Generation and Transmission discussed upcoming meetings in Walsenburg and Gardner in mid-August to talk about plans for expanding services by building transmission lines through parts of Huerfano County to the San Luis Valley. Several corridors are being considered but no definite decisions have been made. Scoping meetings will be set to discuss with residents of the county and to get their input. There has already been some opposition from those living in the Majors Ranch area. The lines are not expected to be built before 2013. Electrical capacity is topping out in this area without expansion.