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The Trinidad City Council on Tuesday night voted 6-1 to approve the purchase of a $12,000 mobile radar trailer. The unit, which will be used in primarily residential areas, will flash the speeds of vehicles as they approach and will have the ability to take pictures and document proof of speeding violations. Initially, however, the unit will be used more as a deterrent than to give out tickets. If the unit detects a driver that is clearly violating the posted speed limit, a nearby police officer will also be able to immediately pull over the violator and issue a ticket. City Manager Jim Soltis said that the city ‚€œis hoping the unit will help control traffic to a point where police are not issuing a lot of citations‚€�.
The Alamosa City Council last night unanimously approved the rezoning of lots proposed for a Walgreen‚€™s Store at the old Kelloffs Store site at the corner of U.S. 160 and 285 in Alamosa. The city also heard testimony on a request from Adams State College to waive a liquor license distance requirement. The college is asking the city to approve an ordinance that would exempt the college center from the 500-foot distance requirement for liquor licenses from educational institutions. If the distance requirement is lifted, the college intends to seek a liquor license for the college center. Council did not take action on the request last night, but instead will make a decision on the request on October 20th. Both issues brought some objections from audience members. Mayor Farris Bervig and councilor Greg Gillaspie were absent from last night‚€™s meeting.
The Huerfano County Hospital District is proposing an extension in a property tax levy that is scheduled to expire next year. The extension would raise $270,000 a year for 15 years for the Spanish Peaks Hospital and Colorado State Veterans Home in Walsenburg. The mill levy that was originally approved by voters in 1992 and was refinanced in 1995 has generated $4.7 million to pay for the construction and maintenance of the hospital and veterans home. The buildings will be paid off this year. The extension of the mill levy will ensure that the buildings and equipment in both facilities are upgraded and maintained to preserve the quality of care and service at the facilities. The mill levy extension would cost the average county homeowner about $11 a year.
Alamosa City Manager Michael Hackett told a joint meeting of the Alamosa City Council and Alamosa County Commissioners this week that arsenic removal from the city‚€™s water is inescapable. Hackett said that water rates will have to increase and that the city will have to hold a bond election next year to finance the proposed $16.5 million arsenic treatment project. Hackett said that one of the big costs of the project will be to re-plumb the city so that it does not have to treat water that will irrigate parks. The East Alamosa Water and Sanitation District is expected to be included in any of the city‚€™s plans.
Correction Corporation of America‚€™s Huerfano County Correctional Center in Walsenburg will hold a job fair for correctional officers this Saturday from 9am to 1pm at the correctional center. Everyone from veteran corrections professionals to beginners are welcome. A valid driver‚€™s license is required and all applicants must successfully complete a drug screening, background investigation screening and post offer physical exam. CCA is an equal opportunity employer.