Moffat County engineering at Shadow Mountain begins today

In other action ...

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

• Heard a legislative update from Colorado District 8 State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden.

• Approved, 3-0, hiring a part-time facility maintenance technician for the grounds department.

• Approved, 2-1, hiring a full-time heavy equipment operator to work on the mag water crew for the road and bridge department.

• Approved, 3-0, hiring a full-time truck driver for the road and bridge department.

• Discussed county employee participation in the 9 Health Fair.

• Heard a United Way presentation from Linda DeRose.

• Heard road and bridge department monthly reports.

• Approved, 3-0, waiving the bid process for chip/seal oil.

• Discussed Moffat County’s state health rankings. The county’s rankings fall between 11th and 59th (out of 59 counties) in categories such as mortality, health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. Visit www.craigdailypre... Wednesday for more.

• Heard a public health update.

• Approved, 3-0, a $4,000 contract with 2020 Engineering, of Louisville, to conduct an assessment of the HVAC system at the Moffat County Courthouse.

City of Craig employees assessing water and sewer lines in Shadow Mountain may have some company in the area beginning today.

Roy Tipton, Moffat County developmental services director, hosted representatives from NorthWest Colorado Consultants, Inc., last week for a tour of the mobile home subdivision slated for major capital improvement projects at a date still to be determined.

NWCC, based in Steamboat Springs, is an environmental engineering and materials testing firm.

The purpose of the visit was to estimate the cost and develop a timeline for completion of soil sampling on the 2.2 miles of roads within Shadow Mountain.

On Tuesday, Tipton presented NWCC’s proposal to the Moffat County Commission.

“They (NWCC) can be out here as early as tomorrow,” Tipton told the commissioners. “It’s something we need to get done so the civil engineering can begin.”

The scope of work outlined in NWCC’s proposal calls for the drilling of 20 to 22 test holes, six inches in diameter, and approximately one to three feet in depth.

The holes would be drilled about 500 to 700 feet apart and advanced through the existing pavement into the subgrade soils.

Once samples are collected, NWCC will conduct lab analysis to determine the classification and support values of the underlying soil.

NWCC would then present its findings to the county and provide recommendations for improvements or reconstruction of the Shadow Mountain roadways.

The process is expected to take a month to complete and carries a price tag of $4,891.

The commission approved the proposal, 3-0.

“I really appreciate your hard work to get this project moving,” commissioner Audrey Danner said.

Before the commission meeting, Colorado District 8 State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, called in to provide the commissioners with a legislative update.

The conversation focused primarily on the “long bill,” also known as Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed 2012 budget.

White said the bill contains protections for approximately $10 to $17 million in energy impact assistance funds, which would be delegated to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to distribute to communities for capital improvement projects.

Although a “drop in the bucket” when compared to the size of DOLA’s energy impact fund in years past, Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said Tuesday the news was encouraging.

“It would be a long shot,” Ferree said. “But, we need to keep our eyes on it and go for it if we can.”

The city is short $1 million for its share of the Shadow Mountain project, which includes an overhaul to the subdivision’s water and sewer lines, and is looking into a variety of grant options to get improvements underway this summer.

In addition to DOLA funding, Ferree said he recently learned of a rural capital improvement grant program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“They (USDA) do have water and wastewater grant funds available for rural communities with populations less than 10,000, which we would qualify for,” Ferree said. “But, they give priority to communities with low- and moderate-income areas.

“They did indicate there is a possibility and I am going to set up a meeting to review some of the things we need to do.”

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