Moffat County may form Human Resource Council
Fund dispersal would become Council's responsibility
August 22, 2001
With some cooperation and agreement between the Craig City Council and the Moffat County Commissioners, both elected bodies may be able to free up some of their time. The Moffat County Human Resource Council may relieve both groups of the responsibility of doling out available funds to eligible applicants.
The Moffat County Human Resource Council (HRC), a proposed committee spearheaded by the United Way of Moffat County, would include one City Council member, one County Commissoner, a member of the United Way board of directors, one paying member of the Human Resource Council and three citizens at large. The HRC would then be responsible for allocating monies to eligible organizations that can range from Horizon’s Specialized Services to the Sea Sharks youth swimming program.
“I am really excited about the possibilities that we have to do here in Moffat County what other area counties are seeing so much success with,” United Way director Corrie Scott said. “Routt County has had an HRC for close to 10 years now, and they are seeing nothing but good things as a result of it.
“Not only does having an HRC in place free up both the City Council and Commissioner’s time, it also takes the political aspect out of how these funds are dispersed,” she said. “Council members and Commissioners won’t have to be concerned with having a conflict of interest in approving funds for certain groups or projects if the HRC is formed. It also allows for more of the community’s input into what they feel is important, and where that eligible money should go.”
The United Way is a non-profit organization that operates both locally and nationally, receiving applications from interested parties and approving funds if they are eligible. The United Way performs similar requests that the proposed HRC would, however, the United Way of Moffat County specializes in funding local non-profit organizations.
Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger has seen the program in place, and believes that it not only saves elected officials’ time, but encourages much-needed community input as well.
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“I think that this program has worked well in Routt County, and I think that it would work really well over in Craig,” he said. “We both have municipalities that are similar in size, so it does help to keep from duplicating resources when it comes to figuring out how much each elected body has given to each group that applies for funding.
“Another great benefit is that by involving the community, it forms alliance between the Commissioners, the City Council and the public that helps to gauge the needs of the community,” he said. “It also relieves us of the pressure of having to say ‘no’ to someone who is in there asking for money, not to mention it helps to open up the criteria and subjectivity that is used in allocating these funds.”
Membership on the proposed HRC is open to agencies, service providers and individuals that represent an interest in the community in a community service profession. Annual dues are $25, and that would give the agency or individual one vote on all matters that come before the HRC.
“We feel good taking the lead in this project,” Scott said. “It is very similar to what we are doing now, but it will incorporate more public input, as well as more public insight.”
Scott took her case before the City Council Aug. 14, where Council members passed the proposal unanimously. She will present the proposal once again to the Moffat County Commissioners on Aug. 31.
“I really can’t think of any reasons that anyone would have for not wanting a group like this in place,” she said. “If we can come together and pool our resources in a positive way I think that we can make a real difference in the community. There are a lot of funds and grants available that not everyone knows about, so if we can all work together, this can end up being a great thing for Moffat County.”
Scott also believes that the internal organization the HRC may create would allow for a more streamlined application process for available funds.
“If we can get this going, we can get all of the applications out to the funding sources by February, and start seeing the checks by March and April,” she said. “It may take us about a year to iron out all of the fine points, but once we get it up and running we should start to see some reallly good things come from it.”