Dinosaur Marshall and new roller top agenda

County lowers specs and saves money

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In other action

Commissioners:

• Signed Public Safety Center garage expansion contract with Lefever Building Systems

• Signed letter to Maybell Community Center Board

• Awarded bid for Road and Bridge sander to Layton Truck of Grand Junction for $5,885

• Approved final payments to A&S Construction on Moffat County Roads 7 and 183 paving

• Received Emergency Medical Services council report

• Signed additional Sheriff's Office duties contract with Rio Tinto/Colowyo Mine

• Approved extension of airport hanger lease for Bruce Timberg

• Approved Social Services Department Aug. 14 minutes

• Approved Moffat County/Rio Blanco County Low-income Energy Assistance Program agreement

• Approved amendment of Child Support Enforcement purchase of legal services agreement

• Approved substance abuse services contract with Correctional Alternative Placement Services for Colorado Works Program

• Approved T & K Minor Subdivision near Greystone

• Approved Greenwood Cove Minor Subdivision

• Approved re-subdivision of Wilderness Ranch Lots 11 and 12

• Approved Hunt minor subdivision

• Approved J & D Sand and Gravel conditional use permit for gravel pit

• Approved Tesla Exploration seismic conditional use permit

— Negotiations between Moffat County and Dinosaur to secure additional law enforcement for the town continues, as Sheriff Tim Jantz plans to meet with Dinosaur Mayor Freda Powell to discuss a couple of issues.

"Dinosaur was looking for dedicated revenue from traffic tickets issued by an additional officer, and it just doesn't work like that," Jantz said. "When you ticket a couple of speeders, everyone slows down and the tickets (and revenue) falls off. I can't guarantee a certain amount of revenue each month."

Another sticking point was the response time for a town Marshall, which is required to be 15 minutes.

Jantz wants the officer to be able to cover Massadona and out of town locations that would make a response time of 30 minutes more reasonable for a Dinosaur Marshall.

"Everyone has to make some concessions," Jantz said. "This agreement must benefit the town, the county and the employee, as well."

The county commissioners received the information at Tuesday's board meeting, and asked Jantz to meet with Powell to discuss details.

Commissioner Saed Tayyara asked for assurance the Marshall would not be working seven days a week in the position, and the person hired would fall under control of the Sheriff's Office.

Commissioner Tom Gray agreed the Sheriff needs to oversee the position, and said the county would assist in the area of benefits for the Marshall because he or she will be a county employee.

Jantz said meeting the needs of Dinosaur is important to the county, but the hiring and training process will take some time to complete before additional law enforcement is realized in the town.

The Sheriff's Office currently has a resident deputy stationed in Dinosaur to cover the west end of the county.

In other action, commissioners approved the purchase of a roller for the Road and Bridge Department, saving the county $20,000 by lowering the specification requirements by minor amounts.

Ferris Machinery's bid of $88,066 was approved after commissioners questioned the need for a cab and cloth seats on the machine.

The Grand Junction company's bid was approved over one other bid received by the county.

"I'm not sure where the specifications came from, but I have never seen a roller with a cab on it," Commissioner Tom Mathers said.

The 100-horsepower requirement was waived by the commission, which accepted the Ingersall-Rand machine's 99-horsepower rating as sufficient.

The county has been renting a roller for recent paving projects due to problems with the county's old roller.

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