Commissioners to discuss variety of issues

The Shiloh House in Craig currently has five juveniles in resident treatment but Director Anthony Noble says that in order to keep the doors to the facility open, administrators need that number to consistently be at 11.

Noble is scheduled to go before the Moffat County commissioners Friday to discuss the facility's need to increase the number of counties from which the home will accept clients.

Noble said administrators want to initiate discussions with the community and gain public input on Shiloh House's plans to expand its reach to the entire Western Slope.

Right now the home accepts clients from Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt and Grand counties.

Noble said he did not think expanding the home's reach would impact the way the home operates now.

"The Western Slope has social values and demographics similar to the counties we serve now," he

said.

Noble said he wanted to assure the community that it would not be impacted by the increased area served by the home.

"We want to make sure we're not bringing someone else's problems out here," he said.

After meeting with Noble at 8:30 a.m. Friday, the Moffat County commissioners are scheduled to discuss four of 11 motion items made by Commissioner Darryl Steele in a Jan. 14 public meeting.

Motions made by Steele in the Jan. 14 meeting that will be discussed Friday include rethinking the Western Moffat County emergency medical services coordinator position, eliminating a natural resources assistant position and a paralegal position, and changing how the accounting department is run.

Moffat County commissioners Marianna Raftopoulos and Les Hampton seconded none of the motions made by Steele on Jan. 14.

Both said decisions of such magnitude could not be made in the amount of time they had been given to consider them.

But Raftopoulos said each of Steele's 11 proposals will be agenda items in the next three Moffat County commissioner meetings -- beginning with the four that will be discussed Friday.

She said she and Hampton were not disregarding Steele's proposals in the Jan. 14 meeting but simply could not take action on them because they were not agenda items publicized before hand.

"We stated that we are going to look at them," Raftopoulos said.

Despite philosophical differences between Steele, who was elected to the commission in November, and the other two commissioners, Raftopoulos said she was confident the three could work together. She said the first step is discussing the issues already presented by Steele in upcoming meetings.

"We're going to work together but it takes time to get that group to work together," Raftopoulos said.

At its meeting Friday, the Board of Moffat County commissioners will:

  • Discuss a change in landfill hours with Landfill Manager Eric Johnson.
  • Discuss the master plan project.
  • Hold a monthly safety meeting.
  • Discuss Maybell drainage project with Road and Bridge Director Bill Mack.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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