Otero County Commissioners Monday approved required pre-bid meeting for construction of shed and shop at landfill.

Emergency Manager Dan Chavez appeared before the Otero County Commissioners to report approval of a $10,000 grant from the State of Colorado, Homeland Security, and also on the request for bids for the new shed and shop to be constructed at the county landfill. The mandatory meeting for contractors will take place Aug. 30.

The building will be 50 feet by 150 feet, with a 25’ by 50’ enclosed shop. The building is needed to take care of the equipment which is kept at the landfill and necessary for its operation.

The grant from Homeland Security takes care of part of Chavez’s salary and expenses. It varies from year to year and is lower this year than last. He was hired originally for emergency management, but later assumed responsibility for the landfill, also.

County Administrator Jean Hinkle attended a Greater Outdoors Colorado meeting, with representatives from Baca and Kiowa County, who are working on a grant for fairgrounds. Also at the meeting was Sarah Dillon, who is seeking money to support an Arkansas River Trail.

Hinkle also attended a Board of Equalization meeting concerning Wal-Mart and one private party. The Board of Equalization is the first place of appeal in tax matters.

Commissioner Keith Goodwin reported a certificate from the 50-year anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, congratulating Otero County for being a Certified Local Government since March 4, 2011.

Goodwin, on a question from guest Jolly Rose, explained the Valley-Wide Clinics will no longer serve the inmate population in Bent, Crowley and Otero counties, nor the San Luis Valley area, starting Jan. 1 next year. Of 430 appointments booked, 212 happened and they were able to bill for 50. The arrangement will not work for the clinics financially. The Alamosa office of Valley-Wide confirmed and will furnish more details.

Otero County Economic Development Coordinator Danelle Berg visited the Kenneth Cullens farm, registered with the Otero County Land Trust. He is affiliated with Pheasants Forever, and in keeping with his status as a land trust, is developing habitat for pheasants and quails and has also improved his irrigation system.