Government update for Jan. 31

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Moffat County Commission

Decisions:

• Directed The Memorial Hospital officials to open a bid process for local real estate agents to bid on the current hospital building's sale. Only local agents will be eligible to earn the contract.

• Signed a letter of support, after a 3-0 vote, for the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership's grant application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. EDP plans to match about $20,000 for the $45,000 grant, which it would use to fund training and assistance for local businesses.

The group's match would help pay for an additional part-time staff person. EDP Director Darcy Trask said she and the board believe the group needs more personnel to handle all the projects it wants to pursue.

• Agreed, after a 3-0 vote, to give the Moffat County School District, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Colorado River Water Conservation District and the Craig Rural Fire Protection District additional tax funds and penalty payments that resulted from the Visual Lease Services audit of energy industry property around the county.

The four groups and the county split the $198,000 it cost to hire Visual Lease, and the Commission said it would only be fair to split the roughly $900,000 that the consultant firm generated through its audit.

• Approved, 3-0, a $22,448 bid for a new 2009 F-350 gas-powered pickup from Craig Ford for the Road and Bridge Department. The vehicle will replace one that was recently wrecked.

Craig Ford's was the only bid submitted because the county specified it wanted a Ford truck, which was the same model as the old vehicle. Department Manager Linda DeRose said officials wanted to put the same utility boxes on the new truck that were on the old one, and those would only fit a Ford model.

• Approved, 3-0, a decision to waive the bid process for repairing a guardrail on the Moffat County Road 7 bypass around Craig. DeRose said only one company, Colorado Springs-based Adarand Constructors, could complete the work.

The contract will be for $14,912.50, which will be paid by the insurance company of the person who damaged the guardrail.

• Entered into an executive session after a 3-0 vote to discuss "litigation issues." County Attorney Kathleen Taylor said the Commission talked about the status of its financial claim against the city of Steamboat Springs regarding the construction of the Steamboat Transit Facility in Craig, but no decisions were made.

Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 30

8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Discussion with State Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, via telephone

- Senate Bill 09-024

- Senate Bill 194

- Joint Budget Committee

8:45 to 9 a.m. Consent agenda:

- Warrant resolution

- DOW Impact Assistance Grant application

- Social Services department payroll

- FAA airport terminal auto parking lot rehabilitation grant

- Final payment request on FAA/CDOT airport grant

- Five county core services mental health contract

- Credit application for library

- Amended vehicle lease for town of Dinosaur Sheriff's Office

- Stormwater annual reports - sand and gravel pits

- Credit application for road and bridge department

8:45 to 9 a.m. General discussion. Note that the board may discuss any topic relevant to county business, whether or not the topic has been specifically noted on this agenda.

9 to 9:15 a.m. Discussion with Ray DuBois, of Trapper Mine

- Present letter of support for Trapper Mine royalty rate reduction

9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Appoint new finance and hospital board members

9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Discussion with Marie Peer, of the Social Services department

- Present early childhood council funds application

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