The bridge north of Maybell on Moffat County Road 19 will see some repairs in 2009 thanks to a federal grant funneled through the Colorado Department of Transportation. Plans call for the replacement of decking on both ends of the structure with the county paying 20 percent of the $230,000 cost.

Photo by Dan Olsen

The bridge north of Maybell on Moffat County Road 19 will see some repairs in 2009 thanks to a federal grant funneled through the Colorado Department of Transportation. Plans call for the replacement of decking on both ends of the structure with the county paying 20 percent of the $230,000 cost.

Dinosaur marshal and bridges on county agenda

Commissioners sign applications for improvement grants

In other action

Commissioners:

• Approved September supplemental budget resolution

• Waived bid process for handicapped access ramp at Dinosaur Library

• Approved recruitment of future library director

• Discussed xerascaping of Dinosaur Library property

• Discussed security exit doors at Maybell Library

• Signed change order for Road & Bridge Department for asphalt design on County Road 4

• Signed agreement on Wexpro abatement settlement

• Approved personnel requisitions for a full-time jail detention deputy and part-time jail cook

— Sheriff Tim Jantz informed the Moffat County Commissioners on Tuesday that progress has been made in the search for a town marshal in Dinosaur.

After originally requesting a 15-minute response time, the Dinosaur town council has agreed to a 30-minute response time to allow the marshal to cover Massadona and outlying areas in the western part of the county.

The town also has secured housing for a marshal, and agreed to charge the same rent as county-owned housing for the Sheriff's deputy.

Still under discussion were terms of paying a cost of living allowance to keep employees in the remote location, and covering the cost of the dispatcher for calls involving the marshal.

Dispatches for the previous marshal went through the Colorado State Patrol office, with the town of Dinosaur covering the dispatcher costs.

Dinosaur will supply a vehicle for the law enforcement official, and the county will enter in an employment contract with the marshal when one is selected by the Sheriff's Office.

The marshal could be in place early next year, Jantz said.

In other action, commissioners signed applications for grants to improve two bridges in the county.

The bridge on First Street crossing Fortification Creek will be sand-blasted and repainted, with new guardrails added utilizing money from a federal bridge improvement grant covering 80 percent of the cost.

The estimated cost of the project is $169,000, with work scheduled to begin in 2009.

The bridge is on the hazardous cargo route for U.S. Highway 40 through Craig.

Commissioners also signed a grant for improvements to the bridge on Moffat County Road 19 north of Maybell.

A $230,000 project slated to begin in 2011 would replace 3 feet of decking on both ends of the structure crossing the Yampa River.

The county will also be responsible for 20 percent of the cost on that project if approved.

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