County granted unexpected DOLA funding

Moffat County commissioners received a letter last week from the Department of Local Affairs approving $1.5 million to be used for repair to county roads.

The money must be used on roads affected by the removal of energy-related minerals. No matching funds are required from the county.

This was an out-of-cycle grant, or money returned to the county that was not app-lied for.

DOLA receives funding from severance taxes on minerals removed from federal lands in Colorado and returns portions of the money to counties most affected by mining and drilling operations.

The commissioners have designated the money for an overlay project on Moffat County roads 7 and 183 bypass road.

The three-mile section will be overlaid during the summer, and the project should not interfere with plans to work on the culverts at the Ninth Street turnoff for the new hospital, commissioner Tom Gray said.

"We will be coordinating with the hospital project," Gray said. "Overlaying the bypass road won't affect their installing of culverts for the hospital access road."

Included in the projects for the DOLA funds is the continuing paving of Moffat County Road 4, which was started last year but interrupted by bad weather. The county hopes to pave an additional two miles of the road that is also impacted by energy related projects.

Estimates have $900,000 designated for the bypass project, and the remaining $600,000 for County Road 4.

The county received notice of the DOLA grant money Jan. 18.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

In other action, the commissioners:

Signed an emergency management preparedness grant reimbursement form.

Approved a $12,317 bid for cattle guard iron from low-bidder Elkhead Steel.

Signed a highway users tax fund sheet designating miles of county roads eligible

Approved two senior citizen requests for snow plowing

Signed an addendum to Bruce Timberg's airport hanger lease, extending it until Sept. 30

Reviewed a contract and asked for rate quotes from companies interested in work at the old county shop to meet environmental standards

Approved human resources personnel requisitions for a social services case worker and a detention officer at the jail

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