Nonprofits offered clubhouse

Any local nonprofit group interested in taking control of Shadow Mountain Clubhouse can make an offer to the Moffat County commissioners. But the group must agree to keep the facility open to the public.

At Tuesday's regular meeting, commissioners voted to offer the facility to any nonprofit or government that would like to maintain it.

• Commissioners appointed commissioner Tom Gray as the board's chairman. Gray will serve as chairman until January 2007. Commissioner Darryl Steele goes from chairman to member at large, and Commissioner Saed Tayyara goes from member at large to vice chairman. Commissioners change titles every year.

• Commissioners sent a letter to Anchor Point Group informing them the county no longer needs their services. Commissioners had planned to hire the company to assess fire danger in the county but found out the Bureau of Land Management had already made such assessments.

• Commissioners discussed the Help America Vote Act with county Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan. Sullivan said the state had agreed to pay the county $115,000 for new voting machines. The Help America Vote Act requires the county to buy new voting machines.

• Commissioners discussed concerns about the Community Alternative Placement Services program with Moffat County Jail Administrator Dean Herndon. Herndon said he was concerned that CAPS clients who commit a crime in Moffat County are sent to the Moffat County Jail, where local taxpayers pay for their stay. The county of a client's original offense should foot the bill, Herndon said. Commissioners said they plan to hold a workshop with the jail and CAPS to resolve the issue.

Groups should give any proposal to take control of the facility to the commissioners by Jan. 20.

American Legion Post 62 and the commissioners already have discussed transferring control of Shadow Mountain.

Commissioners on Tuesday said they thought it was fair to give every nonprofit the opportunity to take over the clubhouse before they make a decision.

Commissioners last month voted to close the clubhouse to cut costs in 2006, causing an outcry by some residents.

Residents who use the swimming pool and meeting rooms at Shadow Mountain criticized commissioners for the decision. They said the clubhouse's swimming pool was one of the few places in Craig where senior citizens and residents with disabilities could exercise.

Commissioner Tom Gray said the commissioners want to transfer control of the clubhouse to a nonprofit rather than sell it.

If the commissioners sold the clubhouse to a group, that group could close it to the public.

The Legion wants to use the clubhouse as its headquarters and keep it open to the public, Post Commander Mel Shockley said.

"This would be like killing a dozen birds with one stone," Shockley said.

The veterans' organization would have a home, and the residents who need Shadow Mountain could continue to use it, he said.

Dave Pike, director of parks and recreation for the city of Craig, said he was concerned that if a nonprofit group takes control, it eventually would realize it couldn't afford the facility's $70,000 yearly operating costs.

But Shockley said if the Legion takes over Shadow Mountain, the swimming pool would never close.

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