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Friday May 23, 2003 - News The Mountain Mail
"It is a cornerstone for development," said Buena Vista Town Administrator Jerry L'Estrange, "and the town looks forward to great things happening."
said the extension came about because of contributions of several organizations and businesses including the sanitation district, Chaffee County
, Colorado Department of Corrections
, Colorado Division of Wildlife
, ACA Products
, Ron Southard and Carol Perrin, Southern Colorado Economic Development, Collegiate Peaks Bank
said the line extension has been an economic development vision for the town for a long time.However, neither the town nor the sanitation district could finance the project.It was not practical to extend the line and rely on tap fees to pay for it."It's amazing to get a group this diverse pulled together for in-kind services," he
Mayor Sharyle Solis said the town began the grant application process more than two years ago.She
said the project would not be happening without the EDA grant.
"They're such likeable young people," ...
"They're such likeable young people," says Jerry Lestrange, Buena Vista's town administrator.
Colorado Central Magazine June 2003 Page 9
Town administrator Jerry L'Estrange thought any expenditure that large should be for purchase of property and informed the Buena Vista Heritage Society of his opinion.He
suggested various sites to BVH and to the Buena Vista
Board of Trustees at a regular meeting on May 13.
Liens mount against Friend Ranch
When asked about this, Poncha Springs Town Administrator Jerry L'Estrange said: "They're working on a restructuring package.
The liens are there because the cash flow isn't there.
When that is solved, the liens are solved.
"By the time the town is ready to develop, the liens could be a thing of the past," L'Estrange
Durango Herald Online
Town Administrator Jerry L'Estrange said voters had two options - they could repeal the entire section of the annexation code that exceeded state requirements or change the restrictions to exempt some annexation requests from voter approval.Fifty-four percent of voters chose to repeal it entirely.
"The development community felt it was onerous for everything to go to the voters," he
said."The problem when you have anything absolute like that is: The first things that come up are exceptions."
Unlike Durango, the pressures of residential growth weren't the issue in Buena Vista.L'Estrange
said commercial ventures were the ones feeling the squeeze under the annexation rules, and the town feared the loss of sales-tax revenues if businesses set up outside the town limits.
Any builder requesting annexation still must bring water rights or pay a fee in lieu of same, said L'Estrange
"Development pays its own way is our policy, and if we craft a new ordinance, we will make sure it won't cost the existing citizens."
Ahrens could not be reached for comment this week, but L'Estrange
praised his good sportsmanship in the wake of the loss.
"It's not like national politics here - people can be on different sides of an issue and still talk to each other," L'Estrange