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County Commission weighs in on new soccer fields

Dan Olsen

In other action, commissioners:

• Signed book distributorship agreement for Museum of Northwest Colorado.

• Signed equipment management memorandum of understanding with Bureau of Land Management for Lookout Mountain communication tower.

• Signed Rosetta Resources oil & gas lease.

• Approved matching grant funds for fire control.

In other action, commissioners:

• Signed book distributorship agreement for Museum of Northwest Colorado.

• Signed equipment management memorandum of understanding with Bureau of Land Management for Lookout Mountain communication tower.

• Signed Rosetta Resources oil & gas lease.

• Approved matching grant funds for fire control.

— Two new soccer fields for Loudy-Simpson Park came a step closer to reality Tuesday as the Moffat County Commission signed an application for a Greater Outdoors Colorado, or GOCO, grant worth $200,000.

Parks and recreation director Tammy Seela said a July 17 public meeting showed one field would not be enough for the demand in Craig.

“We will be filled up even with these new fields completed,” she said.

Trapper Mine is donating earthmoving equipment as part of “in-kind” matching funds for the soccer field expansion project, and local soccer groups are being asked to send volunteers to help parks and recreation employees put down sod when the time comes.

County funds and preparation work also will be used to match the grant money from GOCO.

The project will include bathrooms, sprinklers and enlarging the parking lot. Paving of soccer parking lots will be addressed in the future.

“This is essential to the community,” commissioner Saed Tayyara said about the soccer fields. “It also will keep kids out of trouble and keep them from getting overweight.”

If the grant is approved, ground breaking on the new fields could take place in the spring.

In other action, the commission moved ahead with plans to expand the garage at the Public Safety Center, as well as building a cold storage building at the Road and Bridge Department.

A larger facility is needed to store wildland fire trucks, as well as Moffat County Sheriff’s Office records; cold storage is needed for road and bridge vehicles and equipment.

Because no bids were received on the buildings, commissioners waived the bidding process and approved an offer by LeFever Building Systems, of Wiggins, to put up the walls and roof for $177,000.

The floor and apron for the garage expansion will be left out of the plans if necessary until future funding can be arranged for those projects.

The commissioners asked county budget analyst Tinneal Gerber to look into increasing the Department of Local Affairs grant because of climbing construction costs.

Costs of the garage expansion rose as the Safety Center project was delayed more than a year because county-matching funds came from the sale of the old county shop to Steamboat Springs Transit Authority.

That sale was delayed when contaminated soil was found at the shop site.

Commissioners also received a report from the Sheriff’s Office on firefighting efforts during the fire season.

To date, 2,892 acres have burned in Moffat County in 2007, almost entirely on private and state trust lands, with 427 man hours being devoted to fighting fires.

The largest fire of the season was the Mud Springs Fire, which burned 2,480 acres on Aug. 13.

The Jack Springs Fire on July 14 was second, with 230 acres burning at that location.


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