Governor Visits County for Flood Recovery Program
You can only imagine what Governor John Hickenlooper and staff thought when they rounded the bend onto historic Harrison Avenue last Friday afternoon en route to a meeting at the Lake County Courthouse.
Maybe it was “hmmm, these guys really do need help with snow removal,” or simply, “take that third jump which should land us in front of the courthouse and on time.” But it wasn’t Leadville Ski Joring that was on the Governor’s agenda – although the course building on Harrison Avenue did peak his interest – but rather, flood relief.
That’s right, flood relief. And while Lake County by no means bared the brunt of last September’s historic flooding, there was recordable damage to local infrastructure and accelerated erosion that makes Lake County eligible for federal flood relief funds through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program (CDBGRP).
“You got hit, there’s no question,” stated Governor Hickenlooper in a meeting with Lake County Officials on Friday, February 28. During the presentation, Lake County Emergency Manager Mike McHargue outlined in photos and narrative the flood damage sustained or accelerated in Lake County in the wake of September’s deadly floods.
The monies for federal flood relief comes from the CDBGRP and include Federal Emergency Management Assistance funds, of which Colorado will see a combined total of $185 million. About 80 percent of that grant will be spent in Boulder, Larimer, and Weld counties, where the communities hardest hit by floodwaters are located.
And now Lake County has been added to that list. In fact, the Lake County Preliminary Damage Assessment report outlines a total of 16 sites in need of repairs or rebuilds which will be eligible for flood recovery funds. The Preliminary Cost Estimate totals $140,000. For a complete list: CLICK.
Meet With State Reps at Friday Town Hall Meeting
Leadville Mayor Jaime Stuever will be hosting a town hall meeting with Lake County representatives, Senator Gail Schwartz and House Representative Millie Hamner on Friday, March 7 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
The discussion will include highlights from the 2014 Colorado legislative session. This is an opportunity for constituents to openly share their questions, comments and ideas with their local representative. This town hall meeting will be held in the Pinnacle Resource Center (Room 317) at Colorado Mountain College, Leadville Campus.