Craig At their regular weekly meeting Tuesday, Moffat County commissioners:
■ Accepted the lowest bid offer at $493,810 for the 2014 asphalt project for Moffat County Road 134 with a vote of 3-0.
■ Welcomed Lynette Siedschlaw, from the Human Resources Department, to discuss the updates to the employee manual. Commissioners approved the new handbook, which was condensed to about half the size, 3-0.
■ Welcomed Kerri Klein, of the Department of Social Services, to approve the department’s minutes and discuss its monthly reports. Klein said the department is well on its way to finding an employee to fill its new case file screening position.
■ Hosted an intergovernmental agency meeting, which brought together the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to meet and discuss county issues.
Wendy Reynolds, field manager for the BLM Little Snake Field Office, touched on a few issues the agency was dealing with in the county, namely that it was cleaning up after horn harvesters who would wreck fences and drive off designated trails to collect shed antlers. “The issue has long been, who do the horns belong to when they fall off the deer?” she said. “Typically, they’re basically available to anyone.” The problem hasn’t been collection, but that collectors don’t stay on trails and roads, she said. The BLM also has kept an eye on vegetation and water levels. “Looks like we’re not going into a really serious drought,” Reynolds said.
The other point she focused on was the Sand Wash Basin wild horse population, which the BLM is trying to manage with birth control. The ideal population for the herd, she said, is about 260 horses. Then Ken Walter, field manager for the BLM White River Field Office, discussed the Environmental Impact Statements the agency is working on. The Gateway South Transmission project comment period ends May 22, he said.
Steve Barclay, Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager for Browns Park, discussed the capital projects the agency is planning on. They will pave the road and add a cistern near the headquarters, making work near the central location easier for employees, he said. The agency also will do a controlled burn in the Browns Park wetlands and replace a fire engine, he said.
Evan Jones, district wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, discussed how the agency will distribute hunting licenses based on elk and deer herd populations. Colorado Parks and Wildlife added about 800 elk cow licenses for the area but will not increase the number of licenses for deer this year, he said. Sage grouse populations are at a healthy level, he said. There are about 250 sage grouse leks in Moffat County, with 100 of them currently in use.