Residents talk to commissioners

Donna Watkins wants to know what the Moffat County commissioners are up to, but she can't make the Tuesday morning commissioners meeting.

"I'm only here when I'm on the agenda," the Moffat County library director said.

The commissioners meeting Tuesday evening gave Watkins a chance to talk to the commissioners and ask them questions.

About a dozen citizens came to the meeting, which lasted just more than an hour.

"I want to be involved in a lot of what's going on," Watkins said.

Watkins asked the commissioners about West Nile virus and mosquitoes, energy industry vehicles damaging county roads and the water quality in Dinosaur.

The meeting featured a public question-and-answer period when citizens asked about everything from wilderness designations to uranium mining. The commissioners didn't vote on anything during the meeting.

Watkins said she was especially happy to see Craig Mayor Don Jones at the meeting.

"This is a great way to initiate cooperation (between city and county)," Watkins said.

Jones said he was glad the commissioners held the evening meeting because he has to work during the day and can't come to the regular meetings.

"It's good for both entities (City Council and county commissioners) to see what each other is doing," Jones said after the meeting.

Commissioner Darryl Steele said during the meeting he was glad to have the mayor present.

"He's at one of our meetings, and that is a positive," Steele said.

Steele said the commissioners will try to hold the meetings four times a year. The next one probably will be in September.

Holding occasional evening meetings was one of Commissioner Saed Tayyara's campaign promises.

Tayyara said he was "very pleased" with the turnout Tuesday and urges more citizens to come next time.

"(The public) needs to let us know what's on their minds," he said.

Tayyara said he wants the board to vote on some issues during the evening meetings in the future, instead of only having questions and answers.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com

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