At its Monday meeting, the Moffat County Commission:
• Approved, 3-0, the January supplemental budget request, which included only one deduction to county contingency reserves: the Museum of Northwest Colorado will increase its Museum Director line item by $420.60 to correct an error made on the 2009 budget.
The supplemental also effectively approved The Memorial Hospital's 2009 budget. The hospital submitted a draft budget, which the county approved in December but did not submit a final budget until recently.
The hospital's final budget presented the following changes to the draft:
- Reduce property tax revenue by $6,128
- Increase charges for service by $19,233
- Increase salaries and fringe by $189,919
- Reduce operating by $37,844
• Approved, 3-0, waiving the normal bid process for a new security system for the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Museum Director Dan Davidson said that Steamboat Springs-based Western Security Systems is the only provider in the area, and so he was unable to get more than one bid.
Initial estimates put the new system's cost around $6,500, Davidson said.
• Approved, 3-0, a three-year mineral lease with Samson Resources for 26.7 acres at $110 an acre. The lease will pay $2,900 to the Museum of Northwest Colorado, which owns the minerals, as well as a three-sixteenths royalty on production.
• Approved, 3-0, two division orders to allows energy companies to begin producing natural gas.
Montana-based Beartooth Oil & Gas will produce gas on 160 acres north of town and pay about a 16.7 percent royalty on production.
Texas-based J-W Operating Co. will produce gas on about two-tenths of an acre in the town site of Great Divide and pay a .009 percent royalty on production. Jeff Comstock, county Natural Resources Department director, said the royalty was so low because the county owns a fraction of the minerals.
• Approved, 3-0, a conditional use permit with Tarango Group, LLC, to build a leased automatic custody transfer pipeline terminal facility north of Craig on County Road 2. The structure will accept natural resources by truck and then pump them into an existing pipeline.
The county set two conditions: that Tarango build a soil berm around the facility's tank big enough to hold the tank's 400 barrels of oil if a leak occurs; and to paint the building in the same colors as the surrounding environment.
The county also will inspect the site after six months and one year of operation.
After hearing the case of one man and woman faced with moving out of their home in wintertime, the Moffat County Commission voted to change a county regulation.
The Commission passed a resolution last summer that prohibited residents from using mobile homes built before 1977, unless they were occupying them before the resolution passed.
At Monday's meeting, County Building Inspector Pat Mosbey brought forward the case of a couple that recently moved to the north part of Moffat County along County Road 3.
The couple moved into a 1969 mobile home without knowing the county's regulation. Although the two have a newer mobile, its roof leaks, and they didn't want to move into a trailer in such poor condition.
On a 2-1 vote, the Commission granted an exception for the newly arrived couple to continue living in the current mobile home if the pair brought the residence up to 1977 safety standards.
Afterward, Commissioner Tom Gray asked Mosbey to bring the regulation to the county Planning and Zoning Commission for a formal amendment. He would like county officials to consider changing the regulation so that anyone can retrofit a trailer to meet 1977 standards.
That is the year that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development began requiring mobile home manufacturers put in fire safety features such as bedroom exits, smoke alarms and limited sheetrock.
Commissioner Audrey Danner voted against the motion because granting case-by-case exceptions on county regulations would be too unwieldy for officials to handle. The vote came before Gray called for a review of the entire regulation.
Her own motion to deny the exception was voted down, 1-2, earlier in the meeting.
"I understand the social issue," she said. "It does not meet our regulations and an exception would be a path I would not want to go down."
Danner pointed out that the couple did not seek a building permit when they first moved to Moffat County, which would have solved the issue. If they had done so, Mosbey would have informed them they needed to find a newer trailer.
County Planner Jerry Hoberg also questioned whether the county would be willing to assume any liability if the mobile home burned down and someone was injured, given the county was aware of the danger.
"Let's not let our bureaucracy overrule our common sense," Gray said.
Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org