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By Debbie Israel

County Commission Meeting

January 3, 2017


January 6, 2017

Water is always a hot topic in San Juan County, but during the past six months, Animas Valley Water has been on the hotseat for failing to supply clean water to their users. Since last summer, residents of the Harvest Gold neighborhood have been on a “boil water” advisory. A solution to that huge problem may be on the horizon after county commissioners voted to ask the state for a re-allocation of capital outlay money that was previously earmarked for construction of the Flora Vista wastewater system. That construction has not been completed because of lack of additional funding, and commissioners were told they may lose those funds if they are not put into use soon. If the state approves the reauthorization of the funds, a portion of the three million dollars would be used to connect the Harvest Gold area to the Blanco Water Users as a temporary solution. The remaining funds could be used to connect the Upper La Plata Water Users and Northstar. That connection would include the homes in the E. Culpepper Flats areas. Each of the water associations would then have a backup water plan, and between them, would supply about 2400 families with water. Some of those families currently haul water for use at their homes.

Other business included the approval of a wine growers liquor license for Rio Suave Vineyard, LLC, which will be operating at 66 Road 4556, Blanco. Rio Suave plans to have patio service and sell wine by the bottle.

Commissioners also voted to re-schedule several meetings during 2017. The first of the meetings will be in January when the second meeting will be rescheduled from the 17th to the 24th.

Since the Jan. 3rd meeting was the first with the newly elected officials, commissioners voted Jack Fortner to serve as Chairman and Margaret McDaniel as Chairman Pro-Tem.

The next meeting of the San Juan County Commission will be held on Jan. 24th at 4 pm.


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