Maccietto to retire from HHS

Staff Report

WALSENBURG- Chuck Macchietto, Director of the Dept. of Health and Human Services in Huerfano County, is retiring from his position effective at the end of the month.  However in his letter he offered to act as a consultant for the county working with Child Protective Services.

    Some of the terms Macchietto listed in the offer were a 24 hour work week at $35 an hour and health benefits.

    The County Commissioners are looking at two possible locations for a new Emergency Medical Services building and home for the Huerfano County Fire Department; one on West 7th street and the other on Highway 85/87 in the Northlands.  One of the issues they are considering is the availability of water taps and sewer.

    The County Commissioners also approved, on a 3-0 vote, the renewal of the contract with RETAC for emergency services.

    Approved also on a 3-0 vote is a proposed overhead power line project on County Road 350 by San Isabel Electric.

    Long Energy reported to the county through a letter the cost of a project that will make ten county owned buildings more energy efficient.  The buildings are mostly constructed from native stone and were built at the turn of the last century.   The energy savings of the upgrades all show a payoff over time.  Costs for the project will be covered by a grant of about $646,000 with a $128,758 match coming from the county’s general fund and a $200,000 match coming from the State Historical Fund.