County finalizes contract

County, CSP work out dispute over public safety cente details

Another piece of the Moffat County Public Safety Center was put into place on Monday, when the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners signed two agreements with the Colorado State Patrol.

The first was a lease/purchase contract that gives the State Patrol ownership of 11.73 percent of the safety center after 10 years for $1.2 million.

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Children in first- through fourth-grades listened to Brad Petch of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, as he instructs the students on the rules of a game. The students, who attend East, Sunset and Ridgeview elementary schools, spent the day at Loudy-Simpson Park after working to create and construct new signs for the Loudy-Simpson Nature Trail.

The exact amount of money, space and lease length had been under dispute because it was thought $1.2 million wouldn't be enough to pay for the space the State Patrol wanted, but a resolution was reached at meeting between the county and the State Patrol.

After the meeting, the agreement remained as it had been originally proposed when negotiations for state involvement in the the safety center were held.

The county did not want to risk having the process reopened, said County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos. The state legislature's make up is different than when the original proposal was made, Raftopoulos said, and an attempt to renegotiate the particulars of the lease purchase is not possible.

"The State Patrol has the least amount of shared space of the three departments, and they have agreed to help to pay for some of the furniture for the shared areas," Raftopoulos said. "That money will be separate from the $1.2 million, and we're still negotiating the amount."

The state also agreed to allow the county to open the operating agreement at the county's discretion to negotiate the cost and state patrol's responsibilities concerning the maintenance and day-to-day operations for its space in the Public Safety Center.

"We clarified what would be considered 'routine maintenance' and defined the county's responsibilities for maintenance," Raftopoulos said. "The state has been a great partner on this project. Our Public Safety Center is a prototype of how projects can be completed with multiple sources of revenue, and with cooperation between city, county and state agencies."

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