County improves land

Plans for increased hay production would mean more revenue

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For decades, land sold to the county by Loudy and Simpson has been used for a park, with the remainder contracted out for harvesting as dryland hay each fall.

For the latter part of land, the amount of harvesting should see a change.

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Plans to improve irrigation should result in increased hay production, meaning more revenue for the county.

"We thought that, as owners of the land, the government should also be good stewards," Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said.

Work to repair irrigation ditches and culverts was completed this week, and the fields located just west of the golf course should be noticeably greener this summer.

"We had some pipe donated to us by Dan Gredvig with the El Paso Pipeline Group," Gray said. "And the Road and Bridge Department did the labor, replacing rusted-out culverts."

The result will be irrigation water from the Deep Cut Ditch will again flow into the fields, improving the hay crop.

Commissioners will seek bids later in the week from anyone interested in irrigating the fields this summer and harvesting the hay in the fall.

The hope is that increase in production results in a higher amount paid back to the county each year, as well as improving the land.

Bids will be solicited by newspaper ads on the approximately 270 acres, which includes dryland hay in Loudy-Simpson Park.

Commissioners are planning to accept a one-year contract initially to see how the production increases with irrigation, and possibly a three-year contract afterward.

The pipe donated from a pipeline project will last a lifetime or longer, Gray said.

In other action, the county approved buying Craig Skates, the ice-skate rental business at the county ice-rink, from Andre and Marie Ellen. The purchase price of $7,000 includes hockey and figure skates as well as other equipment and a skate sharpener.

The county will continue to offer skates for rent during winter at the ice-rink at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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

Commissioners:

  • Signed credit application to Progressive Medical International for Maybell Ambulance
  • Awarded Highway Striping bid to Patriot Highway Marking at $28,376.50
  • Signed sand and gravel lease for Wilderness Ranch gravel pit
  • Approved April 10 and April 24 minutes for social services
  • Approved contract with Visiting Nurses Association
  • Approved core services contracts with social services
  • Approved personnel requisitions for a part-time temporary custodial technician for parks and recreation, a full-time self-sufficiency technician for social services and a full-time fairgrounds technician
  • Approved obtaining official bonds for the deputy county coroners
  • Approved adopting accounts receivable policy

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