by Eric Mullens
WALSENBURG — In a unanimous vote Tuesday morning, the Huerfano County Commissioners approved the sketch plan for the Crown Valley Ranch subdivision project.
Developer Randy Case and project attorney Steve Mulliken made the brief presentation, an encapsulated version of information they gave at a public hearing on the project last week.
Lonnie Brown, Chairman of Huerfano County Planning Commission reported that body recommended approval of the sketch plan. He said approval of the application (15-002) will allow the applicants to move forward with their planning.
The Case family has been in the community development business in the Colorado Springs area since the 1950s, and plan a subdivision development here, north of Walsenburg and east of I-25 in roughly the area between Interstate mile markers 62 – 67.
Mulliken said water for the proposed development will come from an agreement with 2Rivers, who had acquired the Orlando Reservoir from the Case family. There are future plans for the reservoir to also be used for recreation for subdivision residents in the future, under a rights agreement with 2Rivers. There are still water rights negotiations to be completed, Mulliken said.
He told the commissioners the subdivision plans include a proposal to establish a Metro District that will oversee infrastructure development.
The proposed lot sizes will vary from one to 35 acres, however, the developers indicate they will be looking at the smaller size lots within the estimated 3,900 acre subdivision. “We plan a modern municipal water system so we’re more inclined towards the smaller lots,” Case said.
The sketch plan was approved 3-0 on a motion by Commissioner Max Vezzani.
The commissioners honored WW II and Battle of the Bulge combatant, US Army veteran
Clyde Ruiz by proclaiming May 29, 2016 Clyde Ruiz Day in Huerfano County. Ruiz and many family members were on hand for the reading of Resolution 16-55 for the four-year veteran, one of the few remaining representing the Greatest Generation. Ruiz won the Bronze Star, Purple Heart (he was wounded twice), WW II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Germany Occupation Medal and the European-African-Middle East Theaters Medals.
In other business:
• The commissioners heard an update from Jeanette Villalobos concerning the Spanish Peaks Child Care Center in Walsenburg. She said the center is staffed mainly by retired educators and younger staff they have trained. She said the center works with a number of groups in both Las Animas and Huerfano counties, including HULA, the public schools, DSS and even the court system, providing child care for those called to jury duty who may not be able to afford childcare.
• Approved a signage bid from A-1 Barricade & Sign for county road and other signage in the Gardner area for $11,597.
• Approved a bid for $11,000 for coal tar seal coat and striping for the parking lot at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg with Walsenburg Sand & Gravel (Commissioner Vezzani recused himself from the discussion and vote).
• Approved a motion making a $200 donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.
• Approved an $8,648 expenditure for construction of a gazebo at the Gardner Community Center.
• Accepted with regret the resignation, effective June 3, of County Administrator’s Assistant Dominick Martinez who has accepted a position with the Denver District Court system.
• Approved a $3,190 expenditure for radio upgrades for the county emergency management system and gave preliminary approval for an update of the county emergency plan through the OME (Office of Emergency Management).