Shadow Mountain may remain open

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Moffat County's Parks and Recreation director said Wednesday that he could trim $60,000 from last year's budget to keep Shadow Mountain Clubhouse open.

Steve Grandbouche told county commissioners at a budget workshop that he would try to get the budget for Parks and Recreation down to $327,000 from $386,000 last year.

Commissioners planned to close the clubhouse if Referendum 1A failed, which it did by a narrow margin last week.

Last year, the county budgeted $94,668 for Shadow Mountain.

The money saved by closing Shadow Mountain would pay for new equipment, including vehicles for the Sheriff's Office and Road and Bridge Department, commissioners said.

Cutting the Parks and Rec-reation budget by $60,000 will still cost the county $30,000 more than closing the Shadow Mountain would. But commissioners said they could make that money up in other areas. Plus, the revenues generated by Shadow Mountain would cover some of the costs.

Grandbouche said Wednesday he was committed to keeping the facility open, even if it meant cutting back some of the department's other services. Grandbouche said he wasn't sure exactly what services would be cut, but that he would know by the end of next week.

"I think it's highly important to keep that thing open," Grandbouche said.

Shadow Mountain has a swimming pool, hot tub and meeting rooms.

Commissioners said they would agree to keep the facility open if Grandbouche could find a way to make it fit in a trimmed down version of the department's budget.

But commissioners also said they don't want to find a temporary fix to keep the facility open.

"I'm not willing to Band-Aid it again," Commissioner Darryl Steele said.

Steele said that two years ago, he helped raise private donations to keep the facility open, but that he didn't want to do that again.

Moffat County School Dis-trict uses the facility for physical education classes for disabled students.

The pool is warmer than other pools in town, so disabled students who can't handle cold water can use it, said Susan Gregg, a physical education teacher for Moffat County schools.

If the facility were to close, some students would not be able to swim anywhere else in town, she said.

"We would be very sad if they closed it," Gregg said. "It really is a good place for us."

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

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