Commissioners change landfill schedule, complete surety bond process

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The Moffat County Board of Commissioners passed a wide range of resolutions affecting everything from landfill service to surety bonds and county employee driving during a meeting on Jan. 13.

Starting Feb. 2, the Moffat County landfill will not open for service until 8:30 a.m. Currently, the landfill opens at 8 a.m. It will continue to close at 5:30 p.m.

According to traffic counts, the change in hours will be of "minimal impact" to landfill users, Commissioner Les Hampton said.

The extra half hour will give landfill personnel time to prepare for the day, Bill Mack, Road and Bridge Department director, said.

In a move they hope will lower county insurance rates, the commission voted to adopt a defensive driving training policy.

"When we reassess our risk, this will bring down insurance rates," said Ute Murray, who is working on the county's new risk management plan.

The new driving policy requires all county employees who operate county-owned motor vehicles to successfully complete an eight-hour defensive driving course. Leanne Crispin of the Road and Bridge Department will lead the training, which focuses on topics such as night and winter driving and road rage.

The commissioners tied up some more loose ends by officially approving elected officials' surety bonds, which guarantee those officials will execute the duties of their offices in good faith. The approval brought the county into compliance with state statute regarding surety bonds for the first time in at least 20 years.

Bonds for the coroner, county clerk, county surveyor, assessor and treasurer were approved. The sheriff's $5,000 surety bond could not be approved because it has been lost. But the loss doesn't negate the validity of the bond, and the commissioners plan to approve it when it is found.

Commissioner Darryl Steele voiced concern about the amount of some of the bonds, saying their values seemed low -- ranging from $1,000 for the surveyor, $10,000 for each commissioner and $200,000 for the treasurer -- when compared to the funds the officials are responsible for.

"Future boards may want to look at setting higher bonds," Steele said. "It's ridiculous for the amount of money we're responsible for."

In support of local organizations, the commission leased the Moffat County Courthouse Annex to Colorado Northwest Community College for $550 a month, and waived fire hazard insurance fees in the National Guard Armory for the Boys & Girls Club of America.

The annex lease is not intended to make money for the county, Hampton said. Rather, the goal is to charge the college nothing more than operating costs. If the costs turn out to be more than $550 a month, the college will reimburse the county for the difference. If costs are less, then the county will return that money to the college.

The lease allows for interested community groups to continue to use the annex.

Because the county is required to carry fire hazard insurance on the Old Armory, commissioners said they saw no reason for the Boy's & Girl's Club to carry their own policy. The youth organization will be protected under the county's policy.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at rgebhart@craigdailypress.com.

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