County breaks ground for Arboles satellite facility

Archuleta County staff and elected officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday to commemorate construction of a new, road and bridge and sheriff’s department satellite facility in Arboles.

According to Archuleta County Special Projects Manager Karin Kohake, the building will house two bays for storing road maintenance equipment, a small office for the sheriff’s department, and a conference room.

The building is slated for a county-owned parcel located at the intersection of County Road 973 and Colo. 151.

On Oct. 21, 2008, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) awarded a $45,000 contract to Reynolds and Associates who were tasked with designing the 3,600 square-foot facility and who will serve as project manager during construction.

Kohake said a Department of Local Affairs grant is funding $259,227 of the project, with an additional $189,000 taken from the county coffers.

Although it appears unlikely a full-time paid deputy will man the satellite office, Archuleta County Undersheriff and Public Information Officer John Weiss said volunteers may be recruited to provide simple sheriff’s services, such as vehicle identification number (VIN) inspections.

In 2008, the BoCC identified the Arboles satellite facility as a capital improvement project they intended to fund and complete during the summer of 2009.

james@pagosasun.com