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Coffee and Conversation with Commissioner Garrison Ortiz
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Valley residents gathered at Max's Place to discuss county services with Commissioner Garrett Ortiz on Friday, June 7, 2019.
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Seven Greenhorn Valley residents met with Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz from 9:00-10:30 AM, Friday, at Max’s Place, 6675 Highway 165, Colorado City, to discuss county services over coffee. The opportunity to meet informally with Ortiz was announced in the Greenhorn Valley View in the June 6 edition of the valley newspaper.

Some residents complained those living in the southern portion Pueblo County do not have low cost access to county land fill sites compared to residents in the city of Pueblo and Pueblo West, citing fees of $45-60. Excessive access fees make community cleanup campaigns and other beautification efforts difficult to manage. Ortiz said he would reach out to the county trash task force to insure that south county residents have equal low cost access to land fill sites.

Local advocate Barbara Zork made a brief appearance to complain she is still unable to obtain a park bench for Rye Mountain Park from marijuana taxes collected by the County of Pueblo. During the meeting, Ortiz took extensive notes and promised to investigate concerns expressed by residents in his third appearance in the valley since his election to public office.

Not all concerns expressed fall under the purview of the County of Pueblo. For instance, some are concerned about the potential loss of the postal facility in Colorado City, a federal level issue over which Ortiz has no authority.

According to Ortiz, citizens with whom he meets frequently express concerns centered on school districts, roads, and public safety. While there are cooperative efforts between the county and school districts, Ortiz has greater impact on public safety and road concerns. Roads in the Colorado City Metropolitan District are maintained by that district and not the county.

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