Judge Escobar: Westway has ambitious goals

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 10:25pm

Residents of Westway have ambitious goals for their community, according to El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar. Escobar attended a neighborhood association meeting Thursday night to hear concerns and answer questions.
Residents talked about a range of things from zoning to Vinton's possible annexation of  Westway, to sidewalk paving and healthcare.
 Westway residents made it clear, with the help of their neighborhood association, they want improvements like better street lighting. One resident said that 40% of the lights are out. Another concern was building better drainage systems to prevent flooding that shuts down streets.

Another item that had been circling the rumor mill was the possibility that Vinton would annex Westway. Residents wanted to know if Vinton could do so without their approval. Escobar said yes but had her doubts about the plan.

"It might not be advantageous to annex simply because once you annex, yes you pull in that tax base but then you have to provide services," said Escobar.

"I'd rather not you know get with Vinton just because we are our own community and we've always had it that way. I think we'd like to keep it that way as residents. Vinton does have better parks, sidewalks and streets but I think we can work on getting our own," said Westway resident Rocio Alva.

Escobar said she would call Vinton Mayor Madeline Praino to find out if there is any annexation plan in progress. A positive part of the meeting was an update on the low cost clinic that will be built by 2015 in Westway.

County Judge Veronica Escobar says listening to residents concerns is all part of the county's plan to help better the quality of life in Westway.

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