City, county pull Shadow Mountain grant application

Officials advised to create local improvement district first

In other action...

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

Approved, 3-0, a $47,458 bid from Craig Ford for two pickups for the Road and Bridge Department

• Approved, 3-0, a $35,395 bid from Victory Motors for a dual wheel diesel pickup for the Road and Bridge Department

• Approved, 3-0, senior snow removal request

• Heard a Small Business Development Center program overview from Marilynn Hill

• Approved, 3-0, Moffat County Department of Social Services February meeting minutes

• Heard a Department of Social Services director update

• Approved, 3-0, Department of Social Services electronic transactions

• Approved, 3-0, appointing Commissioner John Kinkaid to the Community Services Block Grant Advisory Board

• Heard a Community Services Block Grant quarterly report

• Heard a Department of Social Services monthly report

• Approved, 3-0, a proclamation for Doctor’s Day

— Improvements to Shadow Mountain Village’s deteriorating infrastructure are going to be delayed for at least another year, Moffat County Developmental Services Director Roy Tipton said Tuesday.

Tipton, along with Craig City Manager Jim Ferree, told the Moffat County Commission he planned to withdraw the $1.6 million Energy Impact Grant application from consideration by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Tipton cited recent conversations with DOLA representatives who said the grant would only be awarded contingent upon the county acquiring funds for water and sewer service line replacements at approximately 250 homes in Shadow Mountain.

Service lines, which run from water and sewer mains to the homes, are the responsibility of individual homeowners. City and county officials estimate service line replacements will cost $4,000 per home, or $1.33 million for the entire subdivision.

In an effort to curb those upfront costs, Moffat County recently hired contract attorney Carolynne White, of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck in Denver, to help establish a public improvement district to allow the county to acquire a loan for service line replacements.

Local officials are looking at acquiring the loan through the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority or DOLA, Tipton said.

But a public improvement district would have to be established first, and based on White’s recommendations, Tipton said the county is looking at creating a specific form of district called a Local Improvement District, or LID.

Establishing a LID would first require passage of a resolution by the county commission. Shadow Mountain residents would then have to approve the LID and the acquisition of funds through a general election ballot question in November as stipulated by Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR, Tipton said.

Despite the most recent setback, city and county officials are moving forward with plans to host public meetings at 7 p.m. March 27 and April 10 at American Legion Post 62, 1055 County Road 7.

Tipton said he doesn’t view the delay as a negative.

“We’re going to finalize engineering this summer, so we’ll be 100 percent shovel-ready when we apply for the (DOLA) grant again later this year,” Tipton said.

The Shadow Mountain project, originally estimated in 2012 at $4.5 million, now is expected to cost $6.64 million when taking into consideration service line improvement costs, Tipton said. The DOLA grant request will not change much when the city and the county resubmits its application in August.

Local officials are requesting from DOLA $556,000 per year for a period of three years, Tipton said.

Local matches from the city and the county are $1 million and $2.66 million, respectively. Those funds will be used to replace the water and sewer mains, and to repair or replace the subdivision’s roads, gutters and curbs.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com.

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