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You elected me to get results. If re-elected I will continue to build healthier communities and stronger economies.                  Below is what I have accomplished in my first term, so far. Each item was certainly not done by me alone but rather, through partnerships  including with my fellow Commissioners and the La Plata County staff.  I am honored to work collaboratively       with so many entities and people and will continue to if I win a second term. 

Public Health and Mental Health  
- establishment of the new La Plata County Public Health Department; the County is bringing all SJBPH programs over              with 48 new employees + 49 new funding sources; this journey has been long and local public health services start 1/2/24   
- continued solution-finding re: the unhoused issues; closed and then cleaned up Purple Cliffs; funded Manna's Navigation Center (with the City); and working on a potential bridge housing facility  
- developed through SWORD (SouthWEST Colorado Opioid Response District) a regional plan for opioid & substance abuse focused on recovery housing, supports and community-based solutions;  State of Colorado Opioid Settlement funds will now be deployed
- supported the launch of a mental health/law enforcement co-responder program carried by the LPC Sheriff's Office

-prioritized youth mental health for ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding  
Environment, Conservation, Renewable Energy
- replaced outdated oil and gas regulations with new ones; strongest on the Western Slope 
- passed a new Energy Code for energy efficiency
- supporting investments in solar (details soon) 
- initiated and passed a State bill that set up a grant fund for closed land fill remediation costs

- pushed for more composting by the County 
Infrastructure 
- purchased a new gravel pit on the west side to provide cost effective gravel for decades
- completed road projects ; examples including repaving part of CR 501 and a new bridge on Florida Road
- decided not to move the Fairgrounds to Ewing Mesa due to costs and competing priorities; Fairgrounds Master Planning process kicks off spring of 2024
- completing a multi-modal project with the City - re-doing 32nd Street as it merges into CR 250/251  (2024)
- supported Phase 1 of the Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal upgrade 
- new roof for La Plata County Senior Center and Courthouse roof replacement project is underway  

- passed impact fees for Durango Fire Protection District, at their request

- provided funding for a new water dock in Marvel 

Strong Economy -- Housing and Pandemic Recovery
- obtained a State grant to help Westside and Triangle Mobile Home Parks with infrastructure upgrades after providing a loan to help with purchase 

- working towards partnerships for more housing in Ignacio (Rock Creek) and Bayfield (Cinnamon Heights) 
- partnering in the Regional Housing Alliance (RHA); facilitating/supporting more housing with units coming on-line 
- leveraged ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds for program to help renters

- supported a Catalyst Fund to help with affordable housing project pre-development costs

- working on investments in the La Posta Area; private-public partnership to open up area for housing and light industrial
- improving broadband: east-county project on Hwy 151 with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, LPEA and  
Archuleta County 
- ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act); deploying millions of this one-time money meant to help with pandemic recovery to public safety; housing; broadband; homelessness; youth mental health; water infrastructure; education supports and more  

 Wildfire, and Healthy Watersheds and Lands 
- Wildfire and Watershed Protection Fund (WWPF) kicked off in '21; mitigation and landowner assistance for the Florida River watershed offers cost-share grants; mitigated key County Road rights-of-way safely using State Prisoner Inmate crews; leveraged $2,000,000 in grant funding 
- hosting, with CSU Extension, "Living Rural' sessions (3 so far) to help residents with wildfire, weeds, water, land stewardship practices, drought, and more, etc.
 Date: December 2023

 

 

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