Commissioners preview Center annexation plan

Center Town Administrator Brian Lujan showed Saguache County Commissioners a few maps of the town’s 92-acre annexation plan during their regular meeting on Feb. 16.

SAGUACHE — Center town representatives previewed a 92-acre annexation plan with Saguache County Commissioners during their regular meeting at the courthouse on Feb. 16.

The expansion efforts started when Center acquired property north of town in 2007. Last year, Center Town Administrator Brian Lujan asked if the commissioners would waive an impact study for the project. They denied his request. So, Lujan received help from Davis Engineering and returned with an impact assessment for a preliminary review.

Lujan said, “We have certain timelines we have to meet once we petition for annexation, and we wouldn’t want anything to trip us up if you guys kick it back.”

Currently, the town houses the “Streets and Park” shop on the property, but otherwise it’s empty for citizens to drop off brush in the spring. The plot contains two wells, and the town has surface water rights, too. It is currently zoned for agriculture, but they have been in touch with the Colorado Division of Water Resources to convert the designation.

In the past, alfalfa flourished in the fields, followed by lettuce for a while. Another few crops of alfalfa became the last on the property.

Lujan asked commissioners to notify him, “if there is anything, we’re missing that we need to add prior to our petition for annexation.” Once they receive the petition, commissioners have between 60 and 90 days to respond.

The Center Town Board will meet on Feb. 23 to finish preparing documents for the annexation petition.