The Washington County commissioners held their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 5. Pastor Rich Moon of Foursquare Church opened the meeting with a prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
The first order of business was to discuss the wrecked truck in District 3 and whether the county wanted the salvage award. District 3 did not want the truck recovered, so they will call the insurance company to have the claim filed and will accept $51,500 on the insurance claim.
The next item was a new pickup for District 3 priced at $51,785.20. It was approved. County Administrator Misty Peterson presented Mylar’s final plans for Nichols and it was approved for the president to sign the 22-01 exemption.
Peterson then discussed the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. The county can opt out of the program because it takes money from employees’ checks for employee sick leave. There will be further discussions before the commissioners decide what to do.
The EMS package for the EMS building was discussed. It was for advertisement of tenders for EMS building and it will start to advertise in newspapers from April 20. The council then went into recess until 8.45am.
At that time, the board met with members of Xcel Energy and other companies to learn more about the new power line that is expected to begin construction in Colorado starting in 2023. Xcel Energy received a verbal agreement from the Public Utilities Commission to proceed with this project. They were making their pre-application presentation to the commissioners.
This new route will represent an investment of $1.7 to $2 billion for new 345 kilovolt double-circuit electrical transmission lines and is divided into five segments. Washington County is in segment two and is the first segment to start in 2023. It is expected to be completed in 2025 and will cover 54 miles in Washington County. Before construction begins, public meetings will be held and there is still a lot of planning to do.
Segment 2 covers approximately 145 miles in Washington, Morgan, Kit Carson, and Cheyenne counties. They will build two new substations: one in Morgan County and the other in Cheyenne County. Xcel hopes to file the preliminary application for Washington County in June and if the preliminary application is not applicable, they will file for a special use permit. There will be more hearings with the Planning Committee and Commissioners meetings and these will be separated.
Tiffany Pullian, Senior Settlement and Land Rights Officer at Xcel Energy, began the presentation. Jenn Chester, an Xcel consultant from Tetra Tech, where she does routing, permissions and public awareness, then finished the presentation. Heather Brickey, Xcel Lead Project Manager, was able to answer all of the curators’ questions. Also present at the meeting were Greg Brophy, Public Relations; Cory Miller, Xcel, settlement and land rights officer; and Stephanie Phippen, Xcel Consultant (Tetra Tech) and Authorization. After the presentation, a few questions were asked and the meeting adjourned.