Commission OKs building sale to American Legion

Organization prepares for grant financing

In other action

At its meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved, 3-0, the passing of documents including warrant resolutions, Colorado Department of Transportation Highway Users Tax Fund mileage certification and a contract for conflict attorney services.

• Heard from representatives of Craig Youth Hockey, who discussed the Moffat County Ice Arena’s ice fee rates and discussed a possible project involving Moffat County High School students building a video platform at the rink.

• Approved, 3-0, a personnel requisition for a part-time information technician.

• Approved, 3-0, a supplemental budget, which included 2009 rollover budget items for the Moffat County Election Office, the Moffat County Fair and the Museum of Northwest Colorado, among other county entities.

• Approved, 3-0, a bid recommendation from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office to purchase a new transport vehicle.

The office will buy a 2010 Ford Explorer for $32,170.84 from Craig Ford, trading in a 1994 GMC Yukon.

• Approved, 3-0, the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club’s renewal of its trail grooming maintenance agreement for county roads.

The Moffat County Com­mission completed its sale of the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse to American Legion Post 62 at its Tuesday meeting.

The commission reviewed documents for the sale of the Clubhouse with American Legion Commander Mel Shockley and county attorney Kathleen Taylor.

Among the documents were a deed of trust, a warranty deed and a promissory note between the county and the Legion for $250,000.

The American Legion began leasing the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse from the county in 2006, with an original 5-year lease with an option to buy.

The building payments were $1 a year, which the group paid in entirety up front.

Among the activities offered by the American Legion are space for rehabilitative services and use of the building’s heated pool, which were conditions in the original agreement.

The county was responsible for paying varying percentages of the building’s utilities, a stipulation that would have ended in 2011.

Commissioner Audrey Danner said the sale has been a “long-term process.”

“It sounds like a continuation of a good relationship,” she said.

The American Legion remains responsible for verifying its insurance with the county on a yearly basis, and the organization will be required to survey should the 9,000-square-feet building and its outlying property overlap onto county land.

Under the new deal, the group’s monthly payments increase to $10 per month. Shockley presented the commission Tuesday with an advance payment of $120.

“We’ve all been working really hard the last four weeks to get this accomplished,” Shockley said. “Now we’re going onward and upward in providing the community with the services they deserve.”

The promissory note for the sale does not expire until 2016, which Shockley said will give the Legion time to seek out grant money to complete its payments.

“You can’t really get grant money for a building like this unless you own it,” he said.

The American Legion will seek out funds from charitable foundations for further payments, and has plans for expansion.

“Once we’ve got grant money, we want to double the size of the building,” Shockley said.

Shockley said one of the American Legion’s goals is to provide the community with a larger venue for meetings and events, with a facility similar to a convention center.

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