PUEBLO – The Board of Pueblo County Commissioners have decided to file a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit against the City of Colorado Springs. The citizens of Pueblo County are perhaps the most directly affected by Colorado Springs Clean Water Act permit violations and the Board of Pueblo County Commissioners believe the County must have a voice in this case.
PUEBLO – The Board of Pueblo County Commissioners and County staff are fighting to protect $1.6 million in funding of community enhancement projects, millions more in future funding and to defend the County’s authority to collect a special retail marijuana sales tax.
On Tuesday, February 6, the Board of Pueblo County Commissioners held a work session meeting with organizations whose future funding for the following projects was put on hold:
Critical building system needs at the jail - $750,000
Pueblo West tax sharing for pueblo west roads - $200,000
PUEBLO – A bill that would create a Pueblo Chile License Plate was presented by House Representative Daneya Esgar during the House Transportation and Energy Committee’s meeting on Thursday, February 2 at the Colorado State Capitol. Esgar was accompanied by members of the Pueblo Chile Growers’ Association, the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce and Pueblo County Government for public testimony regarding the bill, HB17-1012.
The bill passed the House Transportation & Energy Committee and has moved on to the House Appropriations Committee before being considered on the House Floor.
“We want to make sure that all of Colorado knows that Pueblo Chile is our chile. Pueblo Chile is Colorado’s chile, and eventually will be the leading brand of chile across the United States,” Representative Esgar stated.
The goal for a Pueblo Chile group special license plate came up during a casual conversation between House Representative Daneya Esgar and former Pueblo County Commissioner Buffie McFadyen.
The Pueblo Chile branding campaign was made possible by a $144,000 USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant from the Colorado Department of Agriculture that was obtained by Pueblo County’s Economic Development & Geographic Information Systems department. The Pueblo Chile Growers’ Association, with assistance from Pueblo County and the State of Colorado, are utilizing the grant monies to invest in agritourism and value-added products to extend the availability of Pueblo Chile. The campaign brought an additional $1.1 Million to the Pueblo community in 2015 and is anticipated to grow by 9.4 percent each year after.
PUEBLO – Economic development traditionally seeks to bring new money into the economy, but it’s equally important to retain money in the local economy. Keeping our dollars local by deliberately choosing to spend money in Pueblo County, especially if you’re a government entity, improves the overall economic condition of the community.
PUEBLO - Pueblo County Commissioners will be discussing a proposal to promote public service announcements (PSA) for the safe and legal use of marijuana in dispensaries across the County. The digital PSA's would be displayed on digital menu boards inside marijuana dispensaries, however. Pueblo County would have full rights to the digital content produced for Pueblo County and could use the digital content as needed on other platforms.
PUEBLO – The Southwest Chief Commission has recommended legislation to expand their scope, membership and mission. State Legislators reform southeastern Colorado are proposing a bill that would expand the Southwest Chief Commission’s mission and scope to include expanding passenger rail along Colorado’s Front Range.
“Reliable and affordable transportation for all of southern Coloradans to front range cities by rail could, in time, be a reality,” State of Colorado Senator Larry Crowder said. "
PUEBLO – More than 100 people watched the 2017 Pueblo County Swearing-in ceremony take place on the grand staircase of the Historic Pueblo County Courthouse on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
Pueblo County Commissioners Terry A. Hart and Garrison Ortiz and District Attorney Jeff Chostner to took an oath to lead, govern, and protect Pueblo County. It is the same promise that 112 former Pueblo County elected officials have made, dating back to 1862.
PUEBLO – Christmas trees will be brightening the Pueblo community long after they’re done brightening homes thanks to a free Christmas Tree Recycling Program sponsored by the Pueblo City-County Health Department, Black Hills Energy and Vision Recycled Aggregate and Landscaping.
On Wednesday, January 4, Pueblo County recycled the 16-foot Christmas tree that was on display in the Rotunda of the Historic Pueblo County Courthouse at Vision Recycled Aggregate and Landscaping. Real Christmas trees can be recycled for mulch or reused in multiple ways. Pueblo County is proud that their Christmas tree, which was a gift from local small business, Peppers and Petals, will be chipped into mulch that will benefit the community.
PUEBLO – On December 15, 2016, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued an opinion in favor of the Cities of Northglenn, Aurora and Commerce City ruling that Adams County does not have the authority to impose a special sales tax on retail marijuana.
Pueblo County is still evaluating what impact this ruling has on the County, but is poised to pursue all legal and legislative avenues to preserve its authority to impose its sales tax.
Pueblo County believes that the ruling is at odds with the intent of Amendment 64 and related statutes.
PUEBLO - A team of historical art restorationists are working to stabilize and restore 100-year-old artwork inside the Historic Pueblo County Courthouse.
Some of the hand-painted artwork on the interior walls of the courthouse has been damaged by plaster repairs over the recent years.
The artwork is thought to have been painted by Charles Schnorr, the same artist who painted the murals in the dome of the Historic Courthouse in 1916.
The historical art restorationists work for Evergreeen Architectural Arts, based in New York and Chicago.