Latest News – March 6

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.

From left to right: Commisioner Mike Bordogna and Emergency Manager Mike McHaruge discuss flood relief projects in Lake County with Governor John Hickenlooper in Leadville On Feb. 28, 2014. Photo: Leadville Today.

From left to right: Commissioner Mike Bordogna and Emergency Manager Mike McHargue discuss flood relief projects in Lake County with Governor John Hickenlooper in Leadville On Feb. 28, 2014. Photo: Leadville Today.

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.

September's rains erroded several Lake County roads, as shown in this photo of County Road 10. Photo: Lake County Office of Emergency Management.

September’s rains eroded several Lake County roads, as shown in this photo of County Road 10. Photo: Lake County Office of Emergency Management.

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.

Hail, Hail at the Lake County Courthouse pictured left to right: Commissioner Bruce Hix, Gov. Hickenlooper, Commissioner Delores Semsack, Commissioner Mike Bordogna, Emergency Manager Mike McHargue and Public Works Director Brad Palmer.

Hail, Hail at the Lake County Courthouse pictured left to right: Commissioner Bruce Hix, Gov. Hickenlooper, Commissioner Delores Semsack, Commissioner Mike Bordogna, Emergency Manager Mike McHargue, Public Works Director Brad Palmer.

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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.Skin_Spac

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Democracy at work. Lake County Democrats held precinct caucuses on Tuesday, March 4 at the Eagles Lodge in Leadville. The Democratic Assembly will be held on Saturday March 15 from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Mining Museum. Do you know who is running for what in 2014?

Democracy at work. Lake County Democrats held precinct caucuses on Tuesday, March 4 at the Eagles Lodge in Leadville. The Democratic Assembly will be held on Saturday, March 15 at the Mining Museum. Do you know who is running for what?

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