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Moffat County Commissioner recap for Oct. 13

Patrick Kelly

Moffat County Commissioners John Kinkaid, Frank Moe and Chuck Grobe discuss The Memorial Hospital Hospital with Jennifer Riley, chief of marketing and business development for TMH.

Moffat County Commissioners did the following at their weekly meeting Tuesday morning:

During general discussion:During general discussion:

During general discussion:

• Announced that the ice rink at Loudy-Simpson Park opened Tuesday.

• Received a recap of upcoming community events from Craig Mayor Ray Beck.

Beck said on Thursday night from 5 to 7 p.m. there would be a community barbeque at the Hampton Inn & Suites to discuss the local marketing district and allow individuals to ask any questions they might have.

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Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m., the Clarion Inn & Suites is hosting a Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation fundraiser to help raise money for scholarships. Tickers are $60 per couple and $35 for individuals, Beck said.

On Oct. 22, Advocates Crisis Support Services will host an information session on domestic violence from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clarion.

• Reflected on the impressive turnout for Moffat County High School's homecoming parade on Friday.

On the agenda:On the agenda:

On the agenda:

• Reviewed the proposed 2016 budget with Moffat County Finance Director Mindy Curtis. The proposed budget is $83,349,499 — which is $4 million more than the 2015 budget.

"The main reason for the increase is estimated capital and hospital expenses," Curtis said.

Almost half of the budget, $40.8 million, is attributed to The Memorial Hospital, Curtis said.

At this time, the commissioners are still discussing budget expenses. The county is taking into consideration anticipated revenue decreases in forming the budget.

The decrease in property tax revenue, which accounts for 20 percent of the budget, is estimated at $216,000 in 2016, down 2 percent from the previous year. Federal mineral lease and severance taxes are expected to decrease by $510,000. Sales taxes are holding at 2014 levels.

The county commissioners moved to approve the preliminary budget and complimented Curtis on her diligence in its drafting.

• Singed a memorandum of understanding between Moffat County, Trapper Mining, Inc. and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement regarding the county's cooperating agency status in the environmental assessment of Trapper Mine.

"We want to just get the emotions and everybody still behind this operation with Trapper because we're not out of the woods yet, we're just in the second quarter," Commissioner Chuck Grobe said.

The public comment period on the assessment will begin Oct. 29 with an OSMRE sponsored event from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Moffat County Fairground Pavilion.

• Approved the Craig Police Department's sublease of office space in the Moffat County Public Safety Center for the next 10 years. The City of Craig will lease 2,258 square feet of the county facility for a total cost $35,400, paid in monthly installments of $2,950 throughout 2016.

"This rent is based on operating costs," said Roy Tipton, Moffat County Development Services director.

• Declared October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Kathy Bockelman, interim director Advocates Crisis Support Services, read the declaration stating, "A community effort is the only way to put a stop to such a heinous crime by encouraging everyone to take a stand against domestic violence and to create a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated or where society empowers victims and survivors, and holds abusers accountable."

• Received and update on operations at The Memorial Hospital from Chief of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Riley.

Riley said the hospital recently a hired a new female obstetrics and gynecology doctor, something that had been requested frequently.

The hospital's revenue came in at $5.7 million for the month of September, the highest revenue month on record.

"Some of that can be attributed to the orthopedic surgeries that we did," Riley said.

• Received a monthly report from Road and Bridge Department's Linda DeRose.

• Waived the per-page copy fee for an abstract composed by Trapper Mining, Inc.

• Received a monthly report from Moffat County Department of Social Services.

Director Dollie Rose said the county is moving forward with the employment first program and seeking grants to follow through.

The program means individuals receiving food stamps would need to work a certain number of hours per month to collect their benefits. Volunteering with nonprofits is an option for fulfilling the requirement. The program is expected to cut the number of people on government programs by 50 percent.

"This will be a really good thing for the county," said Commissioner John Kinkaid.

• Held a discussion with representatives from of Craig Chamber of Commerce, Moffat County Tourism Association and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership.

The three boards spent two days discussing their roles and how they could work together to be as efficient as possible and avoid overlap, an effort spurred by efforts across the county to strengthen the economy.

"It just makes sense for us to gain those efficiencies," said Chris Oxley, Chamber executive director.

The commissioners encouraged and supported the effort.

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