by Carol Dunn
HUERFANO- Dispatch tests and pager tests punctuated the meeting of Huerfano County’s emergency services agencies Monday night. The group continued to debate whether the Badito repeater is causing dispatch calls to be inaudible when received by La Veta Fire Department (LVFPD) personnel and EMTs. According to Commissioner Roger Cain, the Badito repeater has a degrading signal and is only functioning at 70-80%. Mark Brunner, Chair of the LVFPD Board, pointed out that EMTs only have a few minutes to save the life of a person who is choking (an example of a recent inaudible call). La Veta Marshall Harold Wilburn suggested the problem be addressed immediately, perhaps with the use of digital pagers with an LED readout.
Cain promised to get the Badito repeater repairs on a “fast track” and if that does not solve the severe dispatch static, then a new repeater tower can be considered. The group discussed possible locations for a tower, including the La Veta airport. According to Gerald Jerant, Chief of the Huerfano Fire Department (HCFPD), the cost of a new, programmable repeater could be as low as $12,000 or as high as $27,000.
Commissioner Scott King reported the progress on the waste transfer station in Walsenburg. RFPs have been received. Based upon its bid, Anselmo Engineering will be recommended. Commissioner King estimated that the cost to use the transfer station will be between $9 and $11 per cubic yard, about $15 per pickup load. La Veta Mayor Mickey Schmidt stated that the Town Board has considered scenarios for a transfer station in La Veta. The Town would provide a location for a roll-off container as long as it is removed at the end of the day or tarped over until it is full. The Town’s primary concern is blowing trash and an unsightly mess.