County to build Arboles facility

County commissioners took steps Oct. 21 to expand county services with the approval of a project engineer who will spearhead the engineering and construction of a joint sheriff’s department and road and bridge satellite facility in Arboles.

In a unanimous vote, the commissioners awarded the $45,000 contract to Reynolds and Associates, who will design a 3,600 square-foot building capable of housing two bays for road maintenance equipment, a small office for the sheriff’s department, and a conference room. As part of the award, Reynolds and Associates will also serve as project manager during construction of the facility.

The building is slated for a county-owned parcel located at the intersection of County Road 973 and Colo. 151.

Archuleta County Special Projects Manager Karin Kohake said design and engineering work should be done by November, with construction slated for spring of 2009.

Kohake said the project is being funded with a $259,227 Department of Local Affairs grant, and $189,000 from the county coffers.

Archuleta County Undersheriff John Weiss said, due to budget and staffing constraints, it is unlikely that a full-time paid deputy will man the satellite office. However, volunteers may be recruited, Weiss said, to provide simple sheriff’s services such as vehicle identification number (VIN) inspections.

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