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Commission votes to move forward with safety center agreement

Scott Schlaufman

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At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission also:

• Approved, 3-0, meeting minutes from April 19.

• Approved, 3-0, a letter of support for a regional energy education plan from Yampa Valley Partners.

• Approved, 3-0, a contract for demolition of the old Moffat County Jail by X Field Services, LLC.

• Approved, 3-0, a contract for inmate health care services from Correctional Healthcare Management, Inc.

• Approved, 3-0, county employee safety program changes.

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• Approved, 3-0, county employee handbook revisions regarding leave policy.

• Approved, 3-0, a bid from High Desert Ranch to lease the cattle grazing and hay field at Loudy-Simpson Park for $5,222 per year for three years.

• Approved, 3-0, a bid from Fort Collins-based Waterford Corporation for fence repair and replacement at Loudy-Simpson Park for $7,869.

• Approved, 3-0, seismic operations permits for county properties from Geokinetics USA, Inc.

• Approved, 3-0, personnel requisitions for a caseworker position for Moffat County Department of Social Services and a director position for MCTA.

• Approved, 3-0, tabling a personnel requisition for a staff assistant position for the Moffat County Tourism Association.

• Approved, 3-0, a resolution to temporarily close a section of County Road 103 between U.S. Highway 13 and County Road 54 for culvert repair.

• Approved, 3-0, a three-year mineral lease between the Museum of Northwest Colorado and M&J Land Services for $2,053.75.

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner said Tuesday it is important for the county to reach an agreement with the City of Craig to lease space at the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

"I know, from talking to the three law enforcement agencies out there, they work well together," Danner said. "We, as elected officials … I believe we all must make a conscious decision to work together for the good of our community."

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the commission voted 3-0 to move forward with drafting a two-year deal for the Craig Police Department to continue using the center at a cost of $60,000 per year for the city.

The city's current lease with the county expires in August.

The city has received free rent at the safety center for almost 10 years in exchange for providing the land the center was built on for free.

Danner said a new lease will be drafted "immediately," but didn't say when it would be presented to city officials.

Craig City Council members discussed the deal at their April 26 meeting but took no formal action.

At Tuesday's meeting, Moffat County Attorney Jeremy Snow said the $60,000 was a flat rate that would be allocated according to the county.

The city, he said, would have right to make cosmetic changes to its leased area, including painting walls or modifying floors. The city would also have to pay for the police department's Internet line.

Snow said the county would maintain the building, including all common areas.

Snow told the commission the two-year deal would serve as a transition to a longer-term agreement.

"If that number were to stay indefinitely, if the whole roof collapses, we wouldn't be in a very equitable arrangement," Snow said. "This is a transition from no rent being paid to rent being paid. It gets something signed so everyone's there and gives the parties time to negotiate a longer-term agreement.

Commissioner Tom Gray said he felt like it is a good deal.

"I think the $60,000 is in the ballpark of what we are thinking," Gray said. "In order to get something done and get this settled, I'm okay with it as you described it."

Gray asked whether the city would be paying monthly or in a lump sum. Snow said it was a topic that had not been discussed yet.

"There will be some details to work out, but I think those will be really minor," Snow said.

Danner also expressed pleasure with the deal.

"We have an agreement that meets our original efforts of a fair and reasonable price, keeping all entities together and maintaining those relationships," she said.

Commissioner Tom Mathers felt the negotiations took longer than they should have, but was optimistic moving ahead.

"We should have, on both sides, known what we were going to before we went into negotiations and had our minds made up," Mathers said. "It looks like we're right where we need to be and I think it needs to go forward."

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In other news

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission also:

• Approved, 3-0, meeting minutes from April 19.

• Approved, 3-0, a letter of support for a regional energy education plan from Yampa Valley Partners.

• Approved, 3-0, a contract for demolition of the old Moffat County Jail by X Field Services, LLC.

• Approved, 3-0, a contract for inmate health care services from Correctional Healthcare Management, Inc.

• Approved, 3-0, county employee safety program changes.

• Approved, 3-0, county employee handbook revisions regarding leave policy.

• Approved, 3-0, a bid from High Desert Ranch to lease the cattle grazing and hay field at Loudy-Simpson Park for $5,222 per year for three years.

• Approved, 3-0, a bid from Fort Collins-based Waterford Corporation for fence repair and replacement at Loudy-Simpson Park for $7,869.

• Approved, 3-0, seismic operations permits for county properties from Geokinetics USA, Inc.

• Approved, 3-0, personnel requisitions for a caseworker position for Moffat County Department of Social Services and a director position for MCTA.

• Approved, 3-0, tabling a personnel requisition for a staff assistant position for the Moffat County Tourism Association.

• Approved, 3-0, a resolution to temporarily close a section of County Road 103 between U.S. Highway 13 and County Road 54 for culvert repair.

• Approved, 3-0, a three-year mineral lease between the Museum of Northwest Colorado and M&J Land Services for $2,053.75.

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