County OKs $1.25M for Eagle land |

County OKs $1.25M for Eagle land

Chris Outcalt
Eagle County, CO Colorado

Who Eagle County talked to: John Lewis, county finance director

What they talked about: Lewis explained there was $1.25 million of general fund money in the county’s latest supplemental budget for purchase of a 5-acre horse pasture in west Eagle.

The county has considered coupling the pasture with the old county road and bridge site next to it and using the spot to develop workforce housing.

How they voted: All three commissioners voted to approved the supplemental budget, which included the money for purchase of the ranch.

What’s next? The commissioners still have to approve a contract with the Forest Service to spend the money and acquire the land.

Who they talked to: Tom Johnson, facilities director

What they talked about: Red Cliff could get $2 million in stimulus money to put toward replacing its wastewater treatment facility, Johnson said.

Red Cliff regularly exceeds the capacity of its current sewer and water treatment facility and has been repeatedly been cited by the state of Colorado for discharges into the Eagle River.

County and town officials have been working to get some money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help fix the facility.

What’s next? Johnson won’t know whether Red Cliff will get the money for sure until the end of this week.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or

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