|Fairgrounds survey to be mailed|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
All boxholders in and around Phillips County should expect to receive a survey in the mail from the Phillips County Fairgrounds Building Committee, reported county commissioners at their Feb. 28 meeting.
The committee hopes to disseminate the survey the week of March 10 and is asking for responses by March 21. In addition to the surveys mailed, the survey will be available on the county website at cdn.colo rado.gov/phillipscounty.
According to the commissioner report, last November the committee met and reviewed assets, deficiencies and gaps in the existing facilities at the Phillips County Fairgrounds.
As they move forward, the next two proposed steps are collecting opinions in the community survey and visiting sites in other counties that might give them ideas for improvements.
Since that initial meeting last fall, commissioners have approved a memorandum of understanding with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs/University of Colorado Denver/Community Development for technical assistance in studying the needs and identifying alternatives to meet those needs. The cost for the county for this will be $1,600.
Mike Tupa, community development specialist, and Kelly Finkowski, graduate student in landscape architecture at CU-Denver, will participate in development of a proposed project. Tupa has reviewed the initial draft of the community survey and has given advice to make the responses more quantifiable.
The committee is hoping to select an option to pursue at the fairgrounds once community input is evaluated and alternatives are reviewed.
A fundraising committee will pursue potential grants and develop a fundraising strategy to seek private donations from county residents.
The commissioner board said future community meetings will be advertised, and county residents should plan to attend to provide their insight and opinions.
Grant received for courthouse windows
A $110,472 grant was received by Phillips County from History Colorado for the windows at the courthouse.
The total project, estimated at $145,972, will rework all the outside windows and replace all the existing inside storm windows. The project also provides for point tuck work on the courthouse chimney.
Phillips County will match $40,000 for the project, and Heginbotham Trust pledged $10,000.
At their Feb. 28 meeting, commissioners reported work was currently being done in Heginbotham Hall at Phillips County Event Center to install a ring to assist with decorating the large room. This ring, around 4 feet in diameter, was built by Terry Hinde. As a permanent fixture of the hall, it can be lowered from the center of the ceiling to attach lights, fabric, etc. to drape as a canopy from the ceiling.
The commissioner board also announced the county now has a rental policy for Homesteaders Park at the fairgrounds. While all features of the park can be used by anyone at no charge, signing up and paying rental fees will reserve the park solely for a wedding, event, photography session, etc.
Each feature, such as the playground, water feature or grassy area, can be individually reserved, each for $50 a day. Damage deposit was set at $100.
On the topic of Homesteaders Park, the commissioners noted there are plans in place to install signs on the walking path that circles around the fairgrounds so walkers can know how far they have walked.
A broadband master plan could be in the works for the area. Commissioners explained that some areas in northeast Colorado have inferior broadband, such as areas in Sedgwick and Yuma counties, and since Phillips County sits in between the two, all the counties should work together on the project.
They are hoping all six northeast Colorado counties decide to participate and that they can get grant money to do the master plan.
In other business in the month of February, commissioners:
—approved new employee George Henderson for the road and bridge department in District 2.
—approved Olga Baeza to fill the new custodian position.
—noted they are currently interviewing for the maintenance supervisor and weed and pest manager positions.
—approved the $42,000 purchase of a belly dump trailer for District 3.
—adjusted landfill fees to coincide with state fee increases. The state fees will be fixed for three years.
—began looking at options to upgrade to a more modern phone system to incorporate all county offices together.
—worked on installing security cameras at the new county garage east of the courthouse.
—approved a $5,000 donation to the Town of Haxtun for a $37,000 master plan study.
Holyoke Enterprise March 6, 2014