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Stimulus: Eagle County hopes to share funds

Chris Outcalt
coutcalt@vaildaily.com
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY , Colorado ” President Barack Obama’s signing of the economic stimulus package Tuesday in Denver brought little clarity to local officials trying to get Eagle County, Colorado some of the $787 billion in the plan.

“There is still a lot of stuff that isn’t clear,” said Facilities Director Tom Johnson, who has been organizing the county’s effort to get some money from the president’s plan.

County officials have finished prioritizing projects into an ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ list and plan to start writing letters to try and pitch the projects for stimulus money. When they figure out who to send the letters to, they will, Johnson said.



“We’ve been making phone calls trying to figure that out,” he said. “I think we can start drafting some letters, we don’t know who they’re going to go to yet, but we should be able to get the verbiage right.”

The ‘A’ list consists of 27 projects totaling about $50 million the county thinks are ready to begin construction and fit closely with categories in the plan.

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Only projects that are ready to be started within 120 days will be considered for funding, Johnson said. There are two different ways to apply for stimulus money as far as Johnson knows ” through a competitive process or a state or federal process that already has a formula for distributing money to local agencies.

The latest summary of the plan Johnson read said money being distributed in a through an existing formula would be done in 30 days. Money going through a competitive process will gone in 90 days, Johnson said.

“That’s pretty rigid,” Johnson said. “I think there are going to be some strong efforts required.”



The departments the county is trying to get money from include the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Labor.

The departments the county is trying to get money from include the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Labor.

The 27 projects on the county’s ‘A’ list include the Red Cliff wastewater treatment plant, thermal solar panels for the justice center, an Edwards interchange and an addition to the county jail.

“It’s going to be a whirlwind,” Johnson said.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.


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