Two suitors for Shadow Mountain

The city of Craig and American Legion Post 62 both are interested in managing Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

Moffat County commissioners earlier this month asked local nonprofits and the city to make an offer to manage the county-owned facility, which the commissioners last month voted to close.

The deadline to submit proposals to the county was Friday. The city and the American Legion were the only two groups to make offers to the county to manage the clubhouse, commissioners' assistant Erin Miller said.

The county doesn't want to sell the clubhouse. Instead, it prefers that a local nonprofit or the city take over the clubhouse and keep the swimming pool and meeting rooms open to the public.

Shadow Mountain, 1055 Mof--fat County Road 7, has a swimming pool and meeting room used by a variety of organizations, including the Moffat County School District and Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Commissioners plan to review the two offers at meetings with County Attorney Kathleen Taylor and the Craig City Council on Monday.

Commissioners also will discuss the offers at their regular meeting Tuesday.

In December, commissioners voted to close the clubhouse to cut costs in 2006, causing an outcry by some residents.

Last year, the county spent more than $90,000 to operate Shadow Mountain.

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

If the American Legion takes over the facility, the veteran's organization plans to use Shad--ow Mountain as its headquarters and keep it open to the public.

The city proposes to take over the facility on a trial basis for one year, said Dave Pike, Craig parks and recreations director.

Pike said he wants commissioners to answer questions about the cost to operate the clubhouse and how much the county is willing to contribute for repairs to the building.

Jim Ferree, Craig city manager, said the city council must approve any agreement before the city could take over Shadow Mountain.

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

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