The Otero County Commissioners presented years of service awards on Monday. Final corrections were made in final budget hearing.

The Otero County Commissioners presented years of service awards on Monday. The prizes were, for five years, a personalized travel mug; for 10 years, a long sleeved shirt and mug; for 15 years, a jacket and mug; for 20 years, a heavier jacket and mug; for 30 years, a $250 gift card, and for 40 years, a $350 gift card. The employees honored were as follows: five years - Jeff Rohde, Jeffi Fritz, Joanna Finney, Barbara Railton, Reuben McMillian, Ted Garcia; ten years - Annabel Baca, Ferman Whatley, Pete Danko Jr., Julian Lucero; 15 years - Angela Maldonado and Dora Vigil; 20 years - Ken Hood (elected, no gift), Darren Garcia, Kim Rains, Eugene Lucero, Brent Denney, Vicki Harris, Carol Segura, Cassandra Apodaca; 30 years - Ed Ehrlich and CeCe Zavala; 40 years - Yolanda Luna. Twenty-five and 35 years had no entries.

Rebecca Goodwin applied for approval of a training grant from History Colorado in the amount of $1,200 for training in the functions of the Certified Local Government. The Otero County Commissioners act as a Certified Local Government. Megan Brown, Chief of the State, Tribal, Local Plans and Grants Division of the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. is the speaker. The request was approved.

Several line item transfers were made by Public Works Director Lex Nichols to reflect actual happenings over the year in anticipation of the final budget hearing, which also happened on Monday. He also requested approval of a supplemental budget of $200,000, which is in anticipation of the grant from the State Department of Local Affairs for the purchase of the shops and land on Dalton from the City of La Junta.
The budget for 2018 will be presented at the next meeting.

County Economic Development Director Danelle Berg requested a supplemental budget request for fund 101 - General Fund for Sector Partnerships in the amount of $48,000. At the time she was doing initial budget preparation, she was unaware of the grants we would receive and two sector partnership programs (manufacturing and health) which are now active.

Berg also reported on a meeting in Siebert with Eastern Colorado Economic Developers, in which Meredith Marshall helped them develop goals. The goals were: 1. Go back to the regional director format, in order to reinforce the concept of rural, not urban, Colorado; 2. Create primary jobs; 3. Input on legislative issues such as transmission lines. They will meet again in February, again in Seibert, which is in a neutral location.

Keith Goodwin performed his final duty as outgoing president of Colorado Counties, Inc. last week in Denver.

Kelly Lotrich was reappointed to the Otero County Board of Health. She will be joining Dr. Paul Yoder, R.J. Nelson, David Trujillo and Shamay Smith. Ambulances for La Junta and Rocky Ford were certified after being inspected by Christy Bowman.