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Progress on new grocery store

by Larry Patrick

WALSENBURG– Bids for dirt work have been let by Hugh Brown, the owner of the new independent grocery store coming into Walsenburg.  City Administrator  Alan Hein told the City Council in special session last Monday, that the project is moving forward.  He expects to see work beginning within the next month to begin construction.

    The City Council approved having Qwest reroute existing cables between Maple and Pine Streets off Walsen Avenue to make way for construction of the new grocery store.  The city will provide opening and closing of a trench, traffic control and compaction work.  Qwest will relocate the utilities on the city’s right of way.  The cost to Walsenburg will be $10,200 which will be taken out of the paving fund.  Hein said the work being done is on city property and the work being done fits the criteria for using money from that fund.  The paving fund has approximately one million dollars in it.

    The new grocery store, across from the Family Dollar, is expected to be open by late this year or early next year.

    The Walsenburg City Council approved the liquor license for this year’s Black Diamond Jubilee celebration in downtown Walsenburg.  The event will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 4th & 5th.

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