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Martin Lake drawdown proceeds

by Brian Orr

WALSENBURG– The Walsenburg City Council meeting on Tuesday night was a low-key event, with only a few agenda items.

    City Administrator Alan Hein brought the Council up to speed on the Martin Lake dam valve replacement project, stating there would be a meeting held Wednesday morning between the City, state officials and the contractor who will do the job.  The design is waiting for approval by the state, then construction will begin.  Hein estimated the lake was down 12 feet or more, and the drawdown should be complete by Dec. 12.

    In other business, Council members began questioning specific numbers on the detail budget for 2009, and opted not to purchase new laptops for the city, due to cost restraints.

    Parks and Recreation Chair Bruce Quintana told the Council that he has reviewed plans for the Gateway project on the hogback in northern Walsenburg, and believes it would serve the City well, but again finances will put it on the back burner.  He would like to look into re-surfacing the tennis courts at City Park for skateboarder’s use this summer, if their grants are delayed. Quintana also promised the Council that he would have final numbers on how Walsenburg Wild Waters did this summer by next council meeting.