Commissioners to review Social Services contract

Proposed contract's responsibilities, rates for work done by county atttorney will be outlined at Monday's meeting

By RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
The Moffat County Social Services Department will be presenting a contract concerned with outlining the departmental responsibilities and rates for work done by the county attorney on behalf of Social Services.
The Board of Moffat County Commissioners will review the proposal at Tuesday's board meeting.
Before becoming the county attorney, Kathleen Taylor had worked as legal consultant to Social Services for 17 years. Taylor was hired by the county on in June.
When Taylor now advises Social Services, her operating expenses, salary and benefits will be paid for by that department.
Social Services will also cover the operating expenses, salary and benefits of Taylor's assistant, Uta Murray.
The contract is for one year.
"The state will only accept these contracts on a one-year basis," Social Service Department Director Marie Peer said. "And it's good to sit down every year and see if the compensation is still equitable to the county and the state. The commissioners can review the contract every year and see whether they're still happy, or want to see a change in it."
In 2001, Taylor spent 29 percent of her work hours on Social Services issues, dealing mostly with dependent and neglected cases and child support enforcement work.
"Kathleen's work for us is extremely important," Peer said. "She works with abuse and neglect and child support cases, and consults us on some other issues. The legal issues we face are really involved situations it's very important to have legal counsel."
Peer will also be presenting a contract for Social Services to hire Gerard C. Viscardi of Meeker to provide legal advice services when Taylor is not available.
The commissioner's meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Courthouse.
The board will also:
Hear the monthly report from the Road and Bridge Department.
Meet with Sheriff Buddy Grinstead to receive the Sheriff's Office monthly report.
Review the final budget that includes narratives and introduction with
Administrative Service Director Debra Murray.
Consult with county attorney Kathleen Taylor, possibly in an executive session.

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