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El Paso Co. awaits variance requests from state as residents grow frustrated

Posted at 7:35 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 21:35:53-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Frustration was bubbling up as El Paso County Board of County Commissioners heard from residents Tuesday.

Many residents expressed their concerns with the continuing restrictions imposed by Governor Polis. They want the county to open sooner rather than later, and they want County Commissioners to make that happen now.

Commissioners said they are sympathetic to the residents concerns but don't have the constitutional authority to override the Governor's Orders.

"The problem we've had in this circumstance is our Governor is acting unilaterally. He's acting completely unfettered. So he's acting independent of the courts and he's acting absolutely independent of the legislature," Commissioner Mark Waller said.

The county is still awaiting approval for variance requests from the state to reopen some businesses sooner. Commissioners also said they local members of the state legislature to do what they can to check the Governor on issuing Executive Orders.