Blanca Harvest Festival
The Blanca Beautification Committee (BBC) has announced the date for the 11th Annual Blanca Harvest Festival. The festival will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 17th. Vendors can being setting up about 8:00 am. The Festival will feature kids games, food vendors, craft vendors, a silent auction, pie contest and music all day. There is still time to call to enter the pie contest and to volunteer to help with the day of the festival. The festival was started in 2004 to bring the Community together for Food, Fun and Entertainment and to raise money to help beautify Blanca.
The first project undertaken by the BBc was the Main Street Project which included replacing deteriorating sidewalks on Main Street and installing curbs, gutters and decorative lighting in that area. Money raised from the Festival and other fundraisers was used as matching funds for grants that made the project happen. The next project is to upgrade the Park on 7th Street.
Blanca has new Trustee
Darlene Burns was sworn in on May 6th as Blanca's newest Trustee after being appointed to fill the remainder of the term vacated by the resignation of Trustee Cole Wakasugi. Ms. Burns will serve until the next regular election in April 2016 at which time she can be a candidate for a full four year term. Ms. Burns grew up in Blanca and has lived most of her life in the town. She is the daughter of the late Rose Maes, who was honored by then Senator Ken Salazar as one of the oldest Town residents at the Blanca Centennial in 2008. Having served previously as a Blanca Trustee from 1992 through 1998, Ms. Burns is familiar with local government challenges. The Board welcomes her perspective on the issues facing the Town.
Blanca 2015Water Quality Report Available
The 2015 Water Quality Report for 2014 is now available here. It is also available at Blanca Town Hall.
New Fudge Shop Opens in Blanca
Terri Sanders has opened the Mt. Blanca Fudge Company in the old post office building at Main and Broadway. For more information click here.
Blanca now accepts online payments for Court fines and utility payments
The Town has just concluded an agreement with GovTeller to accept online payments for court fines and water/sewer payments. By Colorado law, the town can pass on any credit card and other fees to the customer. These fees will be charged in addition to the amount of the fine or the utility bill. Using this service will take you to the secure GovTeller website. Using this service, you can see the exact amount of the fees before you make the payment.
For court fines, you will need your citation number. For utility payments, your name or account number is sufficient.
Please let us know how you like the new feature. The links for payments are on the Town's PayOnline Page
Blanca wins "Water System of the Year" award for 2012
The Town of Blancareceived the annual Water System of the Year award from Colorado Rural Water Association (CRWA). The award was presented at CRWAs Recognition Banquet on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 during the 32nd Annual Conference and Exhibition held in Colorado Springs
Myrrl Smith, Mayor of Blanca, accepting the award for the town said, We are very pleased to receive this award. It recognizes the dedication of our Board and staff in providing safe, clean drinking water and in upgrading and maintaining our water system.
The criteria for the award includes: has no regulatory violations, maintains system facilities in excellent condition, provides employee advancement, training, recognition, maintains a strong budget within budgetary guidelines, provides annual Consumer Confidence Reports as required, provides safe, clean drinking water year round, and is considered in high esteem by the community it serves. Is active in community issues, supportive of community projects, and strives for open and clear communication.
The Colorado Rural Water Association is a non-profit corporation. For the past 32 years, CRWA has provided technical assistance and training to Colorado's public and private water and wastewater systems having populations less than 10,000. About 98% of Colorado's 2,095 public water systems serve communities that have populations less than 10,000.