Commissioners to consider lease

Sheriff's Office staffing also on agenda for Tuesday meeting


What: Moffat County Commissioners meetingWhen: 8:30 a.m. TuesdayWhere: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory WayOn the agenda: Commissioners will discuss leasing a parcel of county land for oil and gas development and staffing at the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Moffat County Commissioners on Tuesday will consider leasing a parcel of county land to Lynn Properties for oil and natural gas development.

Moffat County Natural Resources Director Jeff Com--stock said the property the commissioners will consider Tuesday is southwest of Craig.

In February, commissioners voted to lease a 78-acre property near Loudy-Simpson Park to Lynn Properties.

"That's pretty common that you'll see a company come in and lease several properties," Comstock said.

The companies will drill on the property or sell the rights to drill there, Comstock said.

Moffat County owns the mineral rights to about 60,000 acres in the county.

The county obtained most of the mineral rights when the previous owners failed to pay taxes on the minerals. Most of those transactions happened in the 1940s.

Commissioners also will consider adding staff for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office at Tuesday's meeting.

At last week's commissioners meeting, Sheriff Buddy Grinstead gave a presentation to the commissioners that showed an increase in inmates and in inmate transfers at the jail.

Grinstead said the daily average of inmates at the jail went up 26 percent from 2004 to 2005. Also last year, the number of inmate transports from Moffat County Jail to other facilities jumped to 961 from 503 the previous year.

The increase in inmates and inmate transports forced Grinstead to pay overtime to deputies or use jail supervisors to shuttle inmates to other facilities, he said.

Grinstead said he needs four new employees, three part-time and one full-time, to cover the added work. The new employees will alleviate some of the overtime costs, Grinstead said.

Grinstead didn't make a formal request for the new employees last week, but commissioners seemed open to the idea.

"This sounds like a win-win situation to me," Commissioner Darryl Steele said.

Commissioners will discuss sheriff staffing at 10:30 a.m.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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