County reschedules meetings

Moffat County commissioners Tuesday had to shuffle their schedules to make room for a meeting next week with county commissioners from across the state.

Commissioners regularly meet on Tuesdays, but next week, they will be at the Colorado Counties Inc. summer meeting in Keystone.

• Commissioners signed an intergovernmental agreement with the state of Colorado for participation in the Colorado Emergency Fire Fund. Moffat County will contribute about $8,000 to the fund, which is expected to total about $750,000 this year. Moffat County has never needed to use the fund, which is designed to help local governments offset the costs of fighting wildfires.

• Commissioners signed a lease agreement between Moffat County and the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team allowing the county's insurance to cover one of the task force's vehicles.

• Commissioners signed an agreement saying they don't oppose the state granting an exemption to JW Operating Company for gas drilling. The exemption will allow the company to drill 50 feet closer to a section line than they typically would be allowed to.

• Commissioners approved a personnel requisition for the road and bridge department for a heavy equipment operator. The new employee will replace one who recently resigned.

• Commissioners approved a personnel requisition for the treasurer's office by a 2-1 vote. Commissioner Saed Tayyara voted against the requisition because the employee who is resigning has not turned in a letter of resignation.

• Commissioners approved a grant request from the Clerk and Recorder's Office to the Colorado Secretary of State's Office. If the Secretary of State approves the request, the Clerk's Office will use the money to pay for handicap-accessible ramps at the Maybell Community Center. The community center is the polling place for Maybell residents.

CCI is made up of county commissioners from across Colorado and lobbies on behalf of counties to the state Legislature.

Commissioners on Tuesday decided to cancel next week's regular meeting.

Rather than wait until the next regular meeting to deal with the items that would be on Tuesday's agenda, commissioners decided to have two special meetings before Tuesday.

The first meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the commissioners chambers in the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

Commissioners will meet with representatives from the Sheriff's Office as well as the Road and Bridge Department.

Road and Bridge Director Bill Mack said Tuesday he needs to be on the commissioners' agenda before next week because he needs them to sign off an equipment lease.

Assessor Suzanne Brinks is also on the agenda to discuss a new Web site for the Assessor's Office.

Brinks said Tuesday she would like to have the commissioners sign off on the new Web site as soon as possible.

"The sooner I can get this going, the better," Brinks said.

Commissioners also will meet at 8 a.m. Monday before heading to Keystone for the CCI meeting.

An agenda for Monday's meeting has not been released, but Commissioner Darryl Steele said the meeting most likely would be short so commissioners have time to make it to the CCI meeting.

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