Bids awarded, contracts signed

Roads and Bridges Superintendent Darren Garcia announced the winners of the bids for heavy equipment purchases at the meeting of the Otero County Commissioners on Monday afternoon. Wagner Implements were awarded the bid on the front loader: it is a CAT model 259D and the bid was $90,433 with a two-year warranty. The deciding factor was the driver can change the mount from the cab. The bid is under the maximum $100,000 allowed, but not the lowest bid. The bid for the tractor went to Rusler Implements for a CASE Farm All 130 A at $64,750. The bids all met or exceeded specifications, but the deciding factor here was this is a local Otero County dealer. The bid for the shop lift went to O’Reilly Auto Parts for a Challenger E12. It was the low bid at $5,674.22 with a one year warranty. This lift will handle 12,000 pounds and the company offered training in its operation.

A temporary permit for retail liquor or fermented malt beverage was granted to the City of La Junta for the City of La Junta Golf Course bar and grill, which will continue to operate as Pappy’s until the new manager, Mulligan’a Bar and Grill, takes over. At that time the license will be transferred to the new manager.

Schleich and Sons Construction & Roofing, Inc. was awarded the repair of hail damage on the roofs of county sheds. The awards were $620 for the shed on the north side of the Otero County Courthouse, $2,221 for the four storage sheds at Swink, and $3,661 for the caretaker’s mobile home at Holbrook Lake.

Otero County agrees to lease the property at 100 Dalton back to Southeast Power to use until their new facility is complete at the Industrial Park. The rate is $4,300 per month, with Southeast to pay all utilities. This is on a month to month basis until the move is accomplished. In the meantime, Otero County may proceed with the building of the sand shed on the property.

Darren Garcia has been reappointed to the Otero County Housing Authority Board for another five year period (this is his third). Garcia serves as president of the board and serves with Amy White Tnabe of Rocky Ford, Reyes Hernandez of Manzanola, and Eva Terrones of the La Junta area. His new term will begin Feb 1.

Otero County Economic Development Director Danelle Berg reported good use of the $192,000 grant money which will be disbursed by Feb 1. There is still money in the rollover fund and more available from the Rural Consortium. She has requested $500,000 more. Her goal was five more business loans, but it appears she will meet that goal by March 1. “My OPI Board is great!” she said. Otero Partners, Inc. oversees the loans. The money is out there and working.

The walk through for the movers of the County Clerk’s office will be at the office at 9 a.m., said County Clerk Sharon Sisnroy, who just returned from the County Clerks state meeting.

Commissioners Keith Goodwin and Jim Baldwin attended the Colorado State University High Plains Campus Rocky Ford clarification meeting for the architects and electricians who will be bidding on the new building at the CSU Research Center, which will also house the CSU extension offices.