New look for board


Tom Mathers was sworn in as a newly elected Moffat County commissoner at Tuesday's Moffat County Board of Commissoner's meeting.

But it's not his first time on the board.

Mathers previously served as a commissioner from 1988 to 1992, and he said much has changed since he last took a seat behind the commissioner's table.

"I plan to get reacquainted with the county," said Mathers, who is representing District 3. "Things have changed here. There are twice the offices now, and the commissioners even have their own offices. Tons of work is done in this building."

Some of Mather's work includes appointments of ex-officio to boards and departments, which include: 14th Judicial Community Corrections Board, Building and Maintenance, Cemetery Board, Economic Development Partnership, Hamilton Community Hall, Information Systems, Maybell Ambulance, Maybell Community Center, Maybell Sewer Board, Museum Board, Northwest Transportation Planning Region, Planning, Planning Commission, Road and Bridge, and Weed and Pest.

Mather's isn't the lone new look on the board.

Commissioner Tom Gray relinquished his seat in the center of the table for commissioner Saed Tayyara, who will chair the board for the next year.

Appointments of ex-officio to boards and departments for Gray include: Accounting, Building, Crisis Evaluation Team/Crisis Intervention Team, Council on Aging, EMS Council, Extension, Fair Board, Fairgrounds, Land Use Board, Moffat County Tourism, Natural Resources, Sage Grouse Working Group, Social Services, Veterans and Yampa River Basin Partnership.

Appointments of ex-officio to boards and departments for Tayyara include: Airport Advisory Board, Regional Trauma and Emergency Care, Club 20 Colorado River Water Conservation District, County Attorney, Craig City Council, Hospital Board, Housing Board, Human Resources, Library Board, Parks and Recreation, Yampa Valley Economic Development, and Yampa Valley Partners.

The entire board serves as ex-officio to: Board of Appeals, Coal Conference, Colorado Counties Inc. Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Health Insurance Board, Public Safety Center, Retirement Board One item on the agenda included a meeting with newly sworn-in Sheriff Tim Jantz, to discuss bids for vehicles long sought by the Sheriff's Office. Commissioners approved a bid from low bidder Craig Ford for transport vans used in delivering prisoners to the county jail.

Commissioners also appointed persons who submitted letters of interest to a number of boards in the county. Appointments to the hospital board were tabled until the openings could be advertised. Selections for that board will be made during the meeting on Jan. 23.

Appointment of board members:

  • Airport Advisory Board -- Luke Tucker, Jerry Thompson
  • 14th Judicial District Community Corrections Board -- John Ponikvar, Mason Siedschlaw
  • Cemetery Board -- Owen Grant, Bonnie Villard, alternate-Duke Duzik
  • Housing Authority -- Darryl Steele, Jaci Mock, Rod Durham
  • Library Board -- Diana Cook, Kathey Ogle, Jennifer Riley
  • Maybell Community Center Board -- Dave O'Connor, Ken White
  • Moffat County Tourism Association -- Frank Moe, Richard Blakely, Diane Brannan
  • Museum Board -- Bonnie Villard, Wilma Taylor-Blake, Delaine Voloshin, Arloa Gerber
  • Retirement Board -- Jeff Comstock, Jennifer Riley

Commissioners also approved:

  • A final plat for Johnson Acres Minor Subdivision located north of Craig off County Road 31.
  • A sketch/preliminary plat for Co-Dessa Properties Minor Subdivision, located on the curve on bypass road County Road 7: (approved by a 2-1 vote with Tayyara voting against to express concerns with setting a precedent using tax-payer dollars to clear culvert fouled by private development.)
  • Eberle Exemption subdividing 6 acres off of 256.8 acres about a mile west of Craig north of Highway 40.
  • A right of way dedication for the new hospital
  • Jordan Exemption separating 9.28 acres off of property
  • Signed division order with Beartooth Oil & Gas giving the Museum of Northwest Colorado 15 percent royalty on a well producing since August.
  • Approved personnel requisitions for two mechanics for the road department due to resignations
  • Approved personnel requisition for jail detention officer
  • Approved bid for two transport vans for the Sheriff's Office to low bidder Craig Ford
  • Entered executive session to receive legal advise of selling old county shop building to Steamboat Transit Authority

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or

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