County hopes to emerge unscathed

Deal for telecom firm would leave Moffat's interests intact

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At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved, 3-0, a special events liquor license for the Cinco de Mayo festival sponsored by Comunidad Integrada planned for noon to 5 p.m. May 2 at Wyman Museum. Admission is free. The event will include, piñatas, a soccer game, a mariachi band, both American and Mexican food and desserts, a tortilla-making demonstration and carnival attractions.

• Approved, 3-0, an $11,250 bid from Denver Industrial Sales & Services for 25,000 pounds of roadway crack seal materials. It was the low bid submitted.

• Approved, 3-0, a personnel requisition for two full-time maintenance technicians for the Moffat County Fairgrounds for the summer.

• Approved, 3-0, a motion to pay for employees' blood and prostate-specific antigen tests at the 9Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at Sunset Meadows II, 595 Ledford St.

When NCTelecom filed for bankruptcy about 3 1/2 years ago, Moffat County stood to lose $759,255 of the $1.2 million it paid to the company for prepaid broadband services.

Moffat County Commission members said during Tuesday's regular meeting they were pleased to learn that a deal has been submitted to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Denver that would leave the county's interests intact.

According to Don Allen, whose Denver law firm was retained in 2005 to represent Moffat County in the case, UBET Wireless and Tri-State Generation & Transmission will split purchase of NCTelecom's local interests.

Under the terms, UBET will honor every part of the county's contract for broadband services. Nothing, including monthly charges, will change.

UBET also will pay the full amount of back property taxes accumulated by NCTelecom during its bankruptcy, totaling about $60,000.

Tri-State's part of the acquisition secured 14 strands of broadband fiber for internal communications, which will not affect the county.

The deal is not final, County Attorney Kathleen Taylor said.

UBET and Tri-State plan to present their agreement to a judge Tuesday, who can then approve or deny the terms.

If the judge approves them, an effective date will be set for the terms to begin.

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