Latest News – May 7
Water & Hospital Boards to Seat Newly Elected Members
Voters in Lake County’s hospital and water districts cast their ballots yesterday to elect new board members. The polls saw a “really good turnout” for a special district election, stated the Official Election Judges. Nearly 350 voters made their voices heard in the hospital board election and 273 ballots were cast in the Parkville Water Board Election. Here are the results:
St. Vincent Hospital. The three open board seats will be filled by Fernando Mendoza, Josh Colley and Nancy Boeve. Here’s the vote breakdown:
- Nancy Boeve (264)
- Josh Colley (286)
- Fernando Mendoza (292)
- Scott Morrow (94)
Parkville Water District. The two people who will fill the vacancies on the water board are Rego Omerigic and Danial Duran. Here’s the vote breakdown:
- Daniel Duran (177)
- Rego Omerigic (182)
- Eric Wanless (125)
The lone candidate who showed up at the Lake County Courthouse to wait for election results was Omerigic who stated: “I appreciate all the votes and we’ll keep things going in the right direction for the next four years.”
General Manager for Parkville, Greg Teter added, “I was very impressed with voter turnout. I want to thank all the voters for the interest they showed.”
And the Walls Come Tumbling Down @ Turquoise Lake
The retaining walls put in place by property owner Dennis Thompson of Tyler, Texas whose house is located at 4300 County Road 4, off the Turquoise Lake Road, slid down on to road late Tuesday afternoon, May 6. Just as Lake County Road & Bridge crews were putting the finishing touches on getting the road open for the season, the soil supporting the concrete placers gave way, sending the barriers tumbling down the hillside.
While local officials work with Thompson to fix the situation, the County Road 4 side of the popular lake loop is closed to vehicle traffic from the Sugarloaf Dam to the May Queen Campground until things get cleaned up. However, it’s noted that the Turquoise Lake Road is open on the north side to May Queen via County Road 9. Drivers are asked to use caution in this area as crews work to clear the area of debris.
Buildings Instability Causes Leadville Road Closure
Due to the instability of the old Moose Lodge buildings at East 6th Street & Poplar Street, some local road closures have been put in place. According to Leadville City Administrator Sarah Dallas, East 6th Street will be closed at the following locations: The intersection of the 500 Block of Poplar Street, the intersection of 6th and Poplar Street at the 200 block for west bound traffic, the 100 block at the upper parking lot at H & R Block for east bound traffic, and the alley on Poplar Street south of the Annunciation Church for south bound traffic.
These closures will remain in effect until further notice. High Country Glass is open for business and has parking available on the 200 block of E 6th street.
The old Moose Lodge buildings have been closed to pedestrian traffic since April 18, but the building’s unsafe condition has now warranted closure to vehicle traffic in the area as well.
The buildings, officially located at 140-144 E. 6th Street, are owned by David and Nancy Nystrom of Loveland and have stood vacant for many years, most remembering them last occupied by the Moose Lodge in the early 90s. But late last month, Leadville/Lake County Building Inspector Gary Pringey with Colorado Code Consulting, decided that the building was unsafe and shouldn’t be occupied by anyone, anytime soon.
The initial cause for concern came with a phone call from a neighboring business owner who was concerned about recent bowing and shifting on the south side of buildings in recent weeks. No doubt the heavy snow this season put pressure on the old buildings, which, while part of local history, are not on the state historic registry.