Officials upgrade equipment

Road improvements take largest section of capital improvements

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The Moffat County Board of Commissioners signed grant contracts that will replace worn equipment and improve county owned buildings Tuesday.

County road improvements took the largest section of the capital improvements' budget, with $170,000 going toward working on the roads and reinstating the magnesium-chloride treatments that were suspended for a year to help balance the budget.

The county's public works maintenance and storage facility will use $106,000 to construct a storm and wash-water collection system. That system is required to insure that contaminated water stays out of the public wastewater system.

Repairs to the Moffat County courthouse roof and renovation of the elevator system will cost $112,000.

Improvements to the showers and the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems at the public safety center were approved in the amount of $21,500.

Sunset Meadows senior housing facility will also undergo roof repairs and improvements to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for a cost of $15,000.

Equipment replacement and acquisition will cost $1,284,549 in 2007. A Department of Local Affairs grant will pay for $692,275, with the county share coming in at $592,274.

The county Road & Bridge Department received the bulk of money earmarked for equipment upgrading.

Commissioners also approved contracts to purchase three pickup trucks and a bulldozer for the county. The estimated cost of a bulldozer is $271,000.

A motor grader was approved at a cost of $238,000. A roller-packer attachment also was in the contract.

A transport truck to pull heavy equipment was approved, along with two truck-mounted water tanks, a truck sander, a snow blower and a roller machine for rolling asphalt.

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office was approved to receive two transport vans and five patrol vehicles to replace older, high-mileage vehicles.

Moffat County Pest Control was approved for two all-terrain vehicles and a utility vehicle, including a boom sprayer and fogger for mosquito and other pest control operations.

Senior Citizens Service in Maybell will receive a bus for transporting residents to events.

The Craig cemetery will receive a utility vehicle for maintenance use.

A vehicle for the county assessors office was included in the budget for driving to the number of inspections on property in the county performed by that office.

In other business, the board of commissioners signed a mineral lease worth more than $500,000 with Savant Resources that will net unexpected money to several county entities.

The lease, which covers 4,706 gross acres and 4,500 net acres of county property, distributes $280,314 to the Moffat County School District, $186,993 to Moffat County, $30,507 to Colorado Northwestern Community College, and $2,350 to the Colorado River Water District.

The five-year lease, at $110 per acre, will also provide 18.75 percent royalties if the wells produce oil and gas.

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