by Larry Patrick
WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Commissioners took on a number of issues with new commissioner, Ray Garcia being present in person and Max Vezzani being present by phone. Vezzani is recovering from a fall a few weeks ago and should return next week.
A number of appointments were made at the meeting. Chairman Art Bobian was named to the county health pool board and Garcia was voted in for the Colorado Workforce board for the southeast region.
The commissioners agreed to increase the size of the Huerfano County Tourism Board from five members to seven. They also revised terms of board members to fall into line with bylaws. Chairman Debra Malone and William Stark had their three year terms reduced to two years and will serve until the end of this year along with Olan Adams. Karen Wilson, Dave Molyneux, Michael Butler and Landon Brown will serve until the end of 2014. The increased size of the board will allow them to do more projects.
The county finished $200,000 to the good in 2012. County Administrator John Galusha says the bank holding the loans for Black Diamond Park paid back property taxes which helped the county show a profit.
A resolution recognizing the distinguished efforts of outgoing commissioners Roger Cain and Scott King was passed. Both men will be in attendance at the commissioners meeting next Wednesday.
The handicap lift in front of the courthouse has been removed and plans are underway to get the handicap ramp in place within the next two weeks.
There were requests from Bruce Kettler and Debi Sporleder by letters to pass an ordinance preserving the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Commissioner Bobian said the action was not necessary since county action would not trump what the state or federal law does. Commissioner Garcia noted that commissioners take an oath to uphold laws of the land.
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