WALDO CANYON FIRE: County opening temp offices

June 27, 2012

UPDATE: July 28, 3:47 p.m.

  • Child and Adult Protective Services caseworkers are taking calls and working from remote locations. The original story had said caseworkers would be available at the temporary 17 N. Spruce St. Department of Human Services office, but that's not the case, department spokeswoman Jennifer Brown said.
  • The Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline at 444-5700 and the Adult Abuse or Neglect Intake Line at 444-5755 are still taking calls.
  • The county was originally planning to open a temporary Assessor's Office at 2880 International Circle but has since scratched that idea because property records are searchable online, Brown said. The Assessor's Office at the Citizens Service Center is planning to reopen July 3.


Tabulation of election results in El Paso County will continue Thursday as election workers were granted two-hour access Wednesday to the closed Citizens Service Center to gather uncounted ballots and tabulation equipment.

On Tuesday, the Waldo Canyon fire forced county workers out of the building before they could finish tabulating election results.

“All of the ballots and all of the equipment have been under video surveillance this entire time,” said Alissa Vander Veen, chief deputy with the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Remaining ballots will go the clerk’s branch at Powers Boulevard and Airport Road. “Relatively few” remain to be counted, according to a county press release.

Results will be posted online as soon as they’re available, Vander Veen said.

Here’s a rundown of county offices, some temporary, according to El Paso County Public Information Officer Dave Rose and county spokeswoman Jennifer Brown.

• Clerk and Recorder locations: 8830 N. Union Blvd., the corner of Airport Road and Powers Boulevard; and 200 S. Cascade Ave. Information is available online about clerk services such as motor-vehicle registration and marriage licenses.

• Assessor’s Office: 2880 International Circle. It plans to open at 1 p.m. Thursday. Residents can look up property records online.

• Department of Human Services: 17 N. Spruce St. Residents can get food stamps and visit Child and Adult Protective Services here. The target opening time is 1 p.m. Thursday.

• El Paso County Public Health will increase staffing at its Lorraine Center office in Fountain: 301 E. Iowa Ave. Residents can call 578-3199 for information about clinics and immunizations. Women, Infants & Children will have a temporary location at 97 Widefield Blvd. but will only have vouchers for infant formula or special formula. Those who need birth or death certificates can call 578-3199.  

• Pikes Peak Workforce Center is expanding services at the Lorraine Center. There are no plans to open a temporary Springs office.

County officials expect to reopen the Citizens Service Center on Tuesday, Rose said. When it does open, the Treasurer’s Office will accept without penalty delinquent taxes due in June.

Contact Andrew Gibson: 636-0257.

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