EL Paso County Recognized for Innovative Programs

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El Paso County is being recognized for its efforts in park planning, work with at-risk children and recycling by the National Association of Counties.

El Paso County was recognized for its planning efforts for the Rainbow Falls and Black Forest Regional parks, Pineries Open Space, and Fountain Creek Nature Center.

The NACo selected El Paso County because of community involvement in the planning of the projects, good use of resources, sound fiscal planning and project management, according to a news release from the county.

A program to help reduce the number of children placed into group homes and residential treatment facilities also brought recognition from NACo.

The program, called "Families Matter," seeks to place children who have been removed from their homes into a family-like environment, preferably with their relatives.

El Paso County's efforts to use recycled porcelain as a road base is the third program to be recognized by the NACo. "Commodes into Roads" allows people to drop off old sinks, toilets and other porcelain fixtures that will then be used in road projects.

El Paso County Commissioner Chair Dennis Hisey responded to the awards in a news release.

“The credit really goes to county staff and hard working volunteers. These particular award winners are just a few of many outstanding programs and services the county offers to citizens while still operating at the lowest cost per citizen of any of Colorado’s large counties. As Commissioners, we just want to thank the staff and the volunteers who really do a great job for our citizens," Hisey said.