The Board of County Commissioners on Monday, July 17, engaged an attorney specializing in work that will involve the county's interests in negotiations with the Delta Urban Renewal Authority.
In other business on July 17, Region 10 director Michelle Haynes reported that the broadband middle mile system is now providing service to carrier neutral locations in the cities of Delta and Montrose. The service is being established with independent internet service providers (ISPs) and anchor institutions.
A July 25 ribbon cutting has been set in Delta. Haynes said the system will continue to add regional connectives and new users. Also, Montrose County has decided to become a participant in the enterprise, a decision that will bring fast internet to Montrose County's West End.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.