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Commissioners initiate countywide fire ban

Dan Olsen

In other action, the commissioners:

• Approved personnel requisitions for a master control operator for the Moffat County Jail and part-time help for the Moffat County Fair.

• Signed resolution authorizing closing government offices early, at 2 p.m. Aug. 3, for the county picnic.

• Made $1,000 donation to Moffat County Relay for Life Team.

• Approved resolution for Savant Resources mineral lease.

• Signed road and bridge lease/purchase agreement with Caterpillar for landfill compactor.

• Approved additional snow removal on 1.5 miles of Moffat County Road 5.

• Tabled for one-week a lease agreement for county-owned airplane hangars.

• Approved Stoffle exemption dividing 8 acres off 22-acre lot.

• Approved Lowe variance waiving setback requirement for building replacement.

• Approved JW Operating temporary use permit for three living quarters trailers.

• Signed Environmental Systems Research Institute quote for assessors office.

In other action, the commissioners:

• Approved personnel requisitions for a master control operator for the Moffat County Jail and part-time help for the Moffat County Fair.

• Signed resolution authorizing closing government offices early, at 2 p.m. Aug. 3, for the county picnic.

• Made $1,000 donation to Moffat County Relay for Life Team.

• Approved resolution for Savant Resources mineral lease.

• Signed road and bridge lease/purchase agreement with Caterpillar for landfill compactor.

• Approved additional snow removal on 1.5 miles of Moffat County Road 5.

• Tabled for one-week a lease agreement for county-owned airplane hangars.

• Approved Stoffle exemption dividing 8 acres off 22-acre lot.

• Approved Lowe variance waiving setback requirement for building replacement.

• Approved JW Operating temporary use permit for three living quarters trailers.

• Signed Environmental Systems Research Institute quote for assessors office.

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz asked for and received a fire ban for the county from the county commissioners during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

The ban takes effect immediately and covers all of Moffat County.

“We’re at a critical stage now,” Jantz said. “We’re not taking any chances. Any fire will be responded to with all available resources.”

Jantz commended the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service for responding quickly to recent fires and controlling them before they gained momentum.

Commissioner Tom Gray took the opportunity to warn residents about clearing a protective zone around their homes and buildings.

“It’s very dry, and there’s a lot of grass that would burn quickly,” he said. “Take precautions now and clear around your property or you may lose it.”

Commissioners waited until the Fourth of July holiday was over before initiating the ban so people could enjoy campfires during their time in the campgrounds.

Rio Blanco and Routt counties already have initiated fire bans; Jackson County expected to implement a similar ban this week.

In other action, commissioners received a report from county assessor Suzanne Brinks on 2007 property values and protests.

Residential properties accounted for 337 protests on property values, with commercial businesses filing 44 protests and oil and gas companies protesting 60 values.

Brinks said she still is examining some of what she considers “undervalued properties,” and the county has sent notices of fines totaling $141,000, many to oil and gas operations that have failed to return their declarations of real and personal property.

She noted Tri-State Generation and Transmission dropped $4.5 million in value, likely due to the opening of other generating plants owned by the company.

The Craig Station power plant, valued last year at $90 million, has a 2007 value nearer to $86 million.


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