Infrastructure Built for Growth

I contend that Huerfano County cannot grow and prosper without good roads, ample utilities and broadband internet

Roads & Bridges

The County Road & Bridge Department is responsible for year-round maintenance of approximately 513 miles of county roads and 160 miles of arterial roads within un-incorporated Huerfano County. The county puts the most effort into the roads that benefit the most residents. Winter maintenance is one of their most important responsibilities. When a major blizzard is expected, the road crews are prepared to hit the road before sunup to make roads passable in the least amount of time.

Putting new gravel on the roads is subject to available road-base, which can only happen with acquisition of gravel pits. Applying magnesium chloride to every mile of county road would take a lifetime while increasing the budget beyond reason.

New industry would generate new tax revenue, which would increase the budget of every department, including Road and Bridge.  Creation and maintenance of access roads for new industry would be paid for by property and sales taxes generated by the industry. New industries could also be asked to co-share the cost of developing the access to their facilities.

I contend that Huerfano County cannot grow and prosper without good roads, ample utilities and broadband internet

Roads & Bridges

The County Road & Bridge Department is responsible for year-round maintenance of approximately 513 miles of county roads and 160 miles of arterial roads within un-incorporated Huerfano County. The county puts the most effort into the roads that benefit the most residents. Winter maintenance is one of their most important responsibilities. When a major blizzard is expected, the road crews are prepared to hit the road before sunup to make roads passable in the least amount of time.

Putting new gravel on the roads is subject to available road-base, which can only happen with acquisition of gravel pits. Applying magnesium chloride to every mile of county road would take a lifetime while increasing the budget beyond reason.

New industry would generate new tax revenue, which would increase the budget of every department, including Road and Bridge.  Creation and maintenance of access roads for new industry would be paid for by property and sales taxes generated by the industry. New industries could also be asked to co-share the cost of developing the access to their facilities.

Water

Does Huerfano County have enough water to supply a growing population and new industry? As a commissioner I will work to build storage systems to contain our water resources and never allow any more water than what is legally obligated to flow to our downstream neighbors.  Industries invited into the county will need to live on the same water we now have, being committed to using it judiciously.

Water

Does Huerfano County have enough water to supply a growing population and new industry? As a commissioner I will work to build storage systems to contain our water resources and never allow any more water than what is legally obligated to flow to our downstream neighbors.  Industries invited into the county will need to live on the same water we now have, being committed to using it judiciously.

Electricity

First, the county should work in conjunction with San Isabel Electric Cooperative to provide the most dependable flow of power to its businesses and citizens.  In the long run, the county should pursue development of green energy.  The county already receives income from the Busch Wind Farm. As a commissioner, I will support the building of solar farms and more wind farms to supply our electrical needs.  We need to take advantage of our natural resources.  Our abundant wind and sun have the potential to supply us with energy into the next century.

Electricity

First, the county should work in conjunction with San Isabel Electric Cooperative to provide the most dependable flow of power to its businesses and citizens.  In the long run, the county should pursue development of green energy.  The county already receives income from the Busch Wind Farm. As a commissioner, I will support the building of solar farms and more wind farms to supply our electrical needs.  We need to take advantage of our natural resources.  Our abundant wind and sun have the potential to supply us with energy into the next century.

High-Speed Broadband Internet

The young professionals we want to draw to the county expect high speed internet for work and for recreation.  In communities where fiber optic lines, cable, and line-of-sight are available, residents enjoy the luxury of receiving some form of internet, but it is often not fast enough or adequate to meet the needs of business. In the county, satellite internet is an unreliable, weak solution at best.  What we need is a fast, reliable network to hook the entire county up to the rest of the world.

The greatest cost of high-speed internet will be running lines to all residents, either buried or strung on poles.  For an aerial build, if the poles are owned by the provider building the infrastructure, there is no attachment fee, but if the poles are owned by another utility, usually a power company, the Internet provider needs to get permission to use the poles and pay a recurring pole attachment fee to the pole owner.  Finally, no one wants lines obstructing their views, but buried cables run the danger of being washed out in floods.  A good estimate of cost range for fiber infrastructure is between $18,000 and $22,000 per mile, depending on if it is buried or strung overhead. New lines are already being laid out of La Veta, heading west over La Veta Pass, to replace those destroyed during the Spring Fire and subsequent flooding.

The past two presidential administrations gave money to rural centers to provide high speed internet. There are grants available and I intend to pursue them. We also need to work with existing companies providing service to open their markets to wire the entire county.

As your commissioner, I will work to make Huerfano County a place where businesses and industries thrive and employees can enjoy urban conveniences in a rural setting.

High-Speed Broadband Internet

The young professionals we want to draw to the county expect high speed internet for work and for recreation.  In communities where fiber optic lines, cable, and line-of-sight are available, residents enjoy the luxury of receiving some form of internet, but it is often not fast enough or adequate to meet the needs of business. In the county, satellite internet is an unreliable, weak solution at best.  What we need is a fast, reliable network to hook the entire county up to the rest of the world.

The greatest cost of high-speed internet will be running lines to all residents, either buried or strung on poles.  For an aerial build, if the poles are owned by the provider building the infrastructure, there is no attachment fee, but if the poles are owned by another utility, usually a power company, the Internet provider needs to get permission to use the poles and pay a recurring pole attachment fee to the pole owner.  Finally, no one wants lines obstructing their views, but buried cables run the danger of being washed out in floods.  A good estimate of cost range for fiber infrastructure is between $18,000 and $22,000 per mile, depending on if it is buried or strung overhead. New lines are already being laid out of La Veta, heading west over La Veta Pass, to replace those destroyed during the Spring Fire and subsequent flooding.

The past two presidential administrations gave money to rural centers to provide high speed internet. There are grants available and I intend to pursue them. We also need to work with existing companies providing service to open their markets to wire the entire county.

As your commissioner, I will work to make Huerfano County a place where businesses and industries thrive and employees can enjoy urban conveniences in a rural setting.

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