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BoCC donates funds to Pinon Lake fountain project

The Pinon Lake fountain will run for one month courtesy of Archuleta County, following an allocation of $700 by the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday afternoon.

The fountain runs 12 hours a day from May to October, at a cost of $650-700 per month in electric bills.

The funds will come from the 1A Parks and Recreation Small Grants Fund. The PROST task force recommended that $500 be allocated — the same amount the county gave last year.

Following a question by Commissioner John Ranson, Special Projects Manager Karin Kohake said the fountain fund had raised about $2,000 of the $4,200 needed to run the fountain for six months.

“They’re short this year, I know that they’re short ... and the economy’s really tough,” Commissioner Clifford Lucero said. “I’m wondering if we should go $700 and do one month ... I think that makes a lot of sense for us.”

That being said, Commissioner Bob Moomaw made the motion to allocate $700. The motion was followed by unanimous approval.

In other business at the BoCC meeting:

• The county accepted the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant in the amount of $5,628 with a county match of the same to purchase four digital mobile radios.

Due to what County Administrator Greg Schulte characterized as faulty budget-planning advice, the item was left out of the Archuleta County Sheriff Department’s budget and the match will instead be funded with 1A Technology funds.

•?The board approved a request for proposals to select a contractor to produce a mitigation plan required by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 for the county’s emergency operations. The plan will be paid through grant funds.

• The board approved advertising for bids for the parking lot paving project for the Emergency Operations Center parking lot.

•?With the backing of the commissioners, a grant application will be submitted to the Colorado Department of Transportation Region 5 Enhancement fund for $100,000. The grant includes a 20-percent match. If awarded, the grant would be used for part of the construction of the Town to Lakes Trail.

Kohake said a total project cost of the trail stretching from 10th Street to Harman Park is $1.9 million, with somewhere between $500,000 and $1 million for actual construction. She said she hopes construction will start in the summer of 2011.

• With funds (about $400,000) saved on the scope of this summer’s gravel program, the BoCC approved to advertise a request for proposal for a contractor to develop a five-year road plan for the county. The request originated with the Roads Advisory Task Force and was given a high priority.

County Public Works Director Ken Feyen said, based on the task force’s recommendation, the plan will lay out what the county should attempt to accomplish given certain amounts budgeted for roads each year.

Feyen also noted it would be a “living document” and would become a line item in the yearly budget in order to keep it updated.

Schulte said the document was a planning tool, both for the budget and road capital improvement.

Moomaw said the plan shows forward movement in the professional nature of the county and is “another nail in the coffin of dirt-road politics.”