County holds off on sale of property

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Moffat County commissioners on Tuesday said they would hold off signing documents for the sale of county property to Steamboat Springs until contract language is clearer.

Commissioners said they still want to sell a 1.4-acre piece of property, 616 Victory Way, but not before clearly defining some portions of the contract.

• Commissioners approved a request for mid-year funding for the Road and Bridge Department. The $8,400 will be spent on computer software to connect Road and Bridge to the county courthouse and will come from the county's contingency fund.

• Commissioners approved a personnel requisition for a new commissioners' assistant. Current assistant Gena Hinkemeyer resigned from the position 6 last week.

• Commissioners approved an agreement with the Colorado Department of Human Services for the Social Services department. But before signing the contract for services, commissioners expressed concerns that the state would continue to cut funding for local social services programs.

• Commissioners discussed the failure of Referendum 1A with elected officials. Commissioners said they plan to ask the state for grant money to pay for projects that they would have funded with money from the referendum.

• Commissioners discussed the Sheriff's Office vehicles with Sheriff Buddy Grinstead. Of the 14 Sheriff's vehicles, eight have more than 100,000 miles. One truck has 175,000 miles.

• Commissioners voted to allow the Road and Bridge Department to plow all the way to Tin Cup restaurant this winter. Typically, plows stop about 1/2-mile before the restaurant.

• Commissioners approved the Corlett/Shue conditional-use permit and a permit for the JW Operating Company.

• Commissioners rejected Harvey Craft's request for a conditional-use permit.

• Commissioners approved the Gustin minor subdivision.

Steamboat Springs Transit plans to use the property for a park-and-ride bus station for commuters from Craig to Steamboat.

More than 21 percent of Moffat County residents commute to Routt County for work.

Commissioners said they want the contract to clearly state that if Steamboat Springs Transit tears down the shop building that occupies the property, Moffat County will salvage the material if it is stacked. Contract language is ambiguous about the matter, commissioners said.

"There isn't a problem with us signing the agreement," Commissioner Darryl Steele said. "We just want to make sure the agreement is right."

Commissioners in September voted to sell the property to Steamboat Springs Transit for $220,000. Last week, the Steamboat Springs City Council approved a purchase contract for the property.

The Steamboat Springs City Council must wait 30 days after presenting a finalized contract at a City Council meeting before signing, said Julie Jordan, Steamboat city clerk.

Tuesday's decision means the contract won't be finalized until 30 days after the commissioners sign it.

But the delay won't translate to a delay in construction of the park-and-ride facilities, Steamboat Transit Director George Krawzoff said.

The delay will "have no practical impact," Krawzoff said, because construction won't begin on the property until 2007. Steamboat Springs Transit must wait for federal grants to pay for the park-and-ride station.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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