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Commission signs Land Use Board letter to DOW

Josh Nichols

In other action, the Commission:

• Approved, 3-0, a final payment of $19,397 to LeFevre Building Systems for sand/salt building.

• Approved, 3-0, a sand and gravel lease with Smith Rancho.

• Approved, 3-0, sending out bids to Ford dealerships for a totaled truck.

• Approved, 2-1, a 2009 office supply bid with Staples. Jackson’s Office Supply & Radio Shack also submitted a bid; it was about 31 percent more than Staples. Commission member Audrey Danner voted against the measure. Danner said she wanted to keep the bid local.

• Approved, 3-0, hiring a full-time Moffat County Jail detention deputy, an existing, budgeted position.

• Approved, 3-0, a resolution authorizing a 1 p.m. closing Wednesday and Dec. 31 for the county.

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• Approved, 3-0, Nov. 18 Social Services’ minutes.

• Approved, 3-0, a memorandum of understanding between Moffat County and Social Services for legal services.

• Approved, 3-0, a Community Services Block Grant for Social Services.

• Approved, 3-0, authorizing Social Services to administer Colorado Division of Housing Family Unification Vouchers.

• Approved, 3-0, a resolution adopting a sixth amendment to the Moffat County employee retirement plan.

The Moffat County Commission endorsed Tuesday a letter from the county’s Land Use Board to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, lobbying for changes to the DOW’s draft of the Colorado Gunnison’s and White-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Plan.

The Commission approved, 3-0, signing the Land Use Board’s letter to the DOW.

The Gunnison’s prairie dog is found mainly in southwest Colorado, the San Luis Valley and South Park. White-tailed prairie dogs primarily are found in Northwest Colorado.

Petitions have been filed to list the species under the federal government’s Endangered Species Act.

The Land Use Board composed the letter after studying the prairie dog conservation plan, which included a meeting with DOW representatives.

The board came away from its review with several concerns, said Jeff Comstock, Moffat County Natural Resource director.

One of the issues, Comstocks told the commission, was that board members thought there was a lack of public involvement in building the plan.

“Moffat County requests this plan remain (a) draft and that a collaborative and adaptive process be developed to create the final plan that includes representatives of Moffat County and other interested stakeholders, including the Colorado Cattleman’s Association,” the letter reads.

“Considering the fact that there was only one meeting open to an invited-only set of stakeholders, this plan has not had the public participation that we are accustom to in other state and federal plans.”

The board also wrote that the plan “tends to minimize the impacts of disease and elevate all the other issues to the same level as disease,” according to the letter.

Although the DOW plan in several places acknowledges that Sylvatic Plague is the “hands down largest threat to prairie dog survival,” the board thinks “this fact should be more clearly articulated through reorganizing the plan,” according to the letter.

The Land Use Board letter goes on to list numerous other concerns with the DOW plan, including a request for a section in the plan addressing the animal’s impact on range conditions.

The Colorado Gunnison’s and White-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Plan can be viewed on the DOW Web site at wildlife.state.co.us/.

The public comment period runs until Jan. 5.

In other action, the Commission:

• Approved, 3-0, a final payment of $19,397 to LeFevre Building Systems for sand/salt building.

• Approved, 3-0, a sand and gravel lease with Smith Rancho.

• Approved, 3-0, sending out bids to Ford dealerships for a totaled truck.

• Approved, 2-1, a 2009 office supply bid with Staples. Jackson’s Office Supply & Radio Shack also submitted a bid; it was about 31 percent more than Staples. Commission member Audrey Danner voted against the measure. Danner said she wanted to keep the bid local.

• Approved, 3-0, hiring a full-time Moffat County Jail detention deputy, an existing, budgeted position.

• Approved, 3-0, a resolution authorizing a 1 p.m. closing Wednesday and Dec. 31 for the county.

• Approved, 3-0, Nov. 18 Social Services’ minutes.

• Approved, 3-0, a memorandum of understanding between Moffat County and Social Services for legal services.

• Approved, 3-0, a Community Services Block Grant for Social Services.

• Approved, 3-0, authorizing Social Services to administer Colorado Division of Housing Family Unification Vouchers.

• Approved, 3-0, a resolution adopting a sixth amendment to the Moffat County employee retirement plan.