The Otero County Clerk's office will be moved across the street to a private building while the office is remodeled.

At Monday’s meeting of the Otero County Commissioners, County Clerk Sharon Sisnroy opened bids for the remodeling of the County Clerk’s office. The bidders were both construction companies out of Pueblo, who were the only attendees of the mandatory pre-bid meeting. Bassett Construction Company bid $160,170; Arc Valley Construction bid $134,344. They both promised finishing dates by April 20, 2018. Sisnroy asked for the customary week to review the bids. The clerk’s office has begun packing in anticipation of the state’s visit to transfer the computers at the driver’s license office.

County Administrator Jean Hinkle presented a Request For Proposal for the Otero County Classification and Compensation. The request will be publicized locally and also mailed out to firms who specialize in such studies.

Otero County Economic Development Coordinator Danelle Berg reported the fourth annual manufacturers’ tour for middle school students was a great success. Over 700 kids have now taken the Manufacturing Group Tour. This year Innovative Water in Rocky Ford and Southeast Health Group were added to the tour. The seventh graders toured Oliver Manufacturing and DeBourgh Manufacturing, the eighth graders visited Lewis Bolt & Nut and Falcon Industries, and the sixth graders visited Innovative Water and Southeast Health Group. Schools taking the tour included La Junta, Rocky Ford, Swink, Wiley, Cheraw, Las Animas, and McClave. Berg was particularly impressed with the presentation of a recovering heroin addict who said she went on heroin when she was 14 because she had nobody to talk with about her feelings. “It broke my heart she didn’t have anyone to talk to and started hanging around with people 20, 22 years old,” said Berg. Her advice is to seek out a teacher, mother of a friend, someone you know you can trust.

Berg is running out of money on her Community Development Block Grant money, but she is encouraged to ask for $290,000 more on the old grant. A new grant will have to be written by January 2019.

Commissioner Jim Baldwin reported the Environmental Impact Study for four-laning Highway 50 from Pueblo to the state line is now in the commissioners’ office, but the commissioners had not yet studied it at the time of Monday’s meeting.