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Possible new stoplights for Walsenburg?

by Brian Orr

WALSENBURG- The Walsenburg City Council met Tuesday evening, Mar. 4, with a full quorum.  A wide variety of topics and issues were covered, including passing resolution 2008 R-07, which calls upon  the Colorado Department of Transportation to improve the crosswalks in the City, including the possibility of adding pedestrian crossing lights by the Spanish Peaks Library and the Walsenburg Wild Waters pool.  “I think we need to be proactive on this, and have these in place before someone gets hurt,” said Councilman Paul Alhadef.  The Board strongly concurred and passed the resolution unanimously.

    City Administrator Eric Pearson told the Council that rumors the City might shut people off for late payment on their utility bills are false.  “That is absolutely inaccurate; I want to make that as clear as I can.”  Pearson elaborated that there are several plans citizens can take advantage of  (see related story below.)

    Councilman Bruce Quintana handed out sketches of the proposed north gateway project into Walsenburg, showing a stair stepped sandstone wall, inscribed with “Gateway to the Southwest- Walsenburg, Colorado” on the east side, and “Entrada al Suroeste- La Plaza de los Leones” on the west side.

    The Council also signed off on a letter of support for the Pole Canyon Wind Project, which is another proposed wind farm here in the county.  There will be a public hearing about the project on Mar. 11 at 2 pm at the county commissioners­’ office.  Councilwoman Edith Flanagan said it would be good for the City to support renewable energy.