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Commissioner Greg Felt addressed the Chaffee County municipalities at the quarterly Intergovernmental meeting at Grimo’s on Feb. 12, 2020 (Photo by Taylor Sumners)

The quarterly Intergovernmental meeting took place on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Grimo’s in Poncha Springs. The quarterly Intergovernmental meeting provides an opportunity for the municipal and county governments of Chaffee County to come together and inform each other on relative projects, share information and learn about upcoming events.

Chaffee County Commissioner Greg Felt started the meeting by welcoming the Poncha Springs Board of Trustees, the Salida City Council, the Town of Buena Vista Board of Trustees and town and city administration staff.

“Good relationships with a foundation, I think lead to good solutions and that’s why we have these meetings periodically, to keep the communication going,” said Felt.

Items that were addressed in the meeting included multiple updates from Economic Development Director Wendell Pryor, Director of Housing Beck Gray and a Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) activity update from Christy Doon.

Other items included a presentation on a potential sustainability concept for Chaffee County from Energy Smart Colorado’s Kasey Provorse.

Felt provided several updates to the group on topics including: updates on Decker Fire Recovery, the upcoming 2020 Census and a water report. Dan Short also contributed to County conversations, providing an update on the Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan.

A final update was presented by Salida Mayor P.T. Wood on the recent passing of an Ordinance in Salida that raised the minimum age of Tobacco purchases to 21 in the City of Salida. Wood asked the other municipalities to consider adopting something similar in their communities to work together to protect youth countywide.