Government update for May 9 |

Government update for May 9

Moffat County Commission

Last met: Tuesday, May 5


• Approved, 2-0, sponsoring the Fueling Thought Energy Summit 2009 event for $500, with the condition that Moffat County can hang a banner during the convention.

Yampa Valley Partners will host the event.

Commissioner Audrey Danner asked court personnel to note in the meeting minutes she once was employed by Yampa Valley Partners. She served as the group’s executive director until February, a few months after being appointed to fill a vacant commission seat in early December 2008.

Danner recused herself from voting on the funding request, but she did make the motion for the county to sponsor the event.

Commissioner Tom Gray criticized Yampa Valley Partners for charging what he considered “expensive” fees for people to attend.

The information presented throughout the event is important for the community, he said, and residents should be able to hear what is said about climate change, renewables and the economy.

Yampa Valley Partners charges $159 for admission to all speakers, spread across two days, which includes refreshments on Thursday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday.

Kate Nowak, Yampa Valley Partners executive director, said her group has considered moving the event to a bigger venue in Steamboat Springs so there could be room for more sponsorship booths. That way, her group could move from funding the event through registration fees to sponsorships.

Yampa Valley Partners also offers “scholarships” for residents who can’t pay the whole fee. For more information, visit the group’s Web site at

• Approved, 2-1, a roughly $1,388 property tax refund for county resident Pierre Johnson on the basis his property was incorrectly zoned vacant residential as opposed to agricultural.

Johnson had farmed the land for several years before selling it at the end of 2007. The Assessor’s Office reclassified the land as vacant residential based on a May 2008 inspection wherein a county official did not see any agricultural activity.

Johnson lost contact with the man who purchased the property, and, thinking he would have to repossess it at some point, began farming it in summer 2008. He legally took back the property in January 2009.

Danner said she cast the dissenting vote because the land was not meant to be farmed after it sold, and she wanted to follow the Assessor’s Office recommendation to deny the refund.

• Approved, 3-0, a personnel requisition to replace a full-time grounds facility technician with the parks and recreation department after an employee resigned.

Per a new county policy, Tammy Seela, parks and recreation manager, provided the Commission with a written statement justifying why the position should be filled. She cited the need for full-time staff support at Loudy-Simpson Park, which is open seven days a week and hosts numerous community events year-round.

Next meeting: Tuesday, May 12


• 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

• 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent Agenda

– Warrant resolutions

– Sod contract with A-G Sod Farms for new Loudy-Simpson Park soccer fields

– TANF truancy contract addendum with Moffat County School District

– Social Services payroll

– Treasurer’s monthly report

– Division Order from Museum of Northwest Colorado

• 8:45 to 9 a.m. General Discussion. Note the board may discuss any topic relevant to county business, whether or not the topic has been specifically noted on this agenda.

• 9 to 9:30 a.m. Information Technology Department, Mason Siedschlaw

– Present bid recommendation for vendor of new courthouse phone system

• 9:30 to 10 a.m. Bureau of Land Management, Robin Morris

– Present Memo of Understanding between BLM Little Snake Field Office and Moffat County for archaeological consultation

– Present archaeological assessment grant application

• 10 to 10:30 a.m. Road and Bridge Department, Bill Mack and Linda DeRose

– Present petition for vacation of CR 99N

– Monthly reports

• 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Human Resources Department, Lynnette Running

– Personnel requisitions

• 10:45 to 11 a.m. Wildlife Estates Home Owner’s Association, Valerie Stewart

– Present copy of letter sent to John Stehle regarding roads

• 11 to 11:30 a.m. Social Services Department, Marie Peer

– Review March 17 minutes for revision or approval

– Request proclamation of June as Elder Abuse Prevention Month

– Caseload trends

– TANF reserve contractual expenditure update

– Northwest Colorado Council for Children and Families quarterly update

– Monthly reports

• 11:30 to noon. Commissioner discussion

– Memo of Understanding between the Chamber of Commerce, Moffat County Tourism Association, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, City of Craig and Moffat County regarding the Moffat County Visitor Center

Craig City Council

Last met:

• Approved, 5-0, purchasing two pickups from Craig Ford for $33,221, one for the road and bridge department and one for parks and recreation. The city did not open a bid process but used bids submitted for a similar purchase in February when Craig Ford had the low bid.

• Approved, 5-0, a site plan for a retail development on First Street by Lonnie and Lorraine Kawcak, and a site plan for an addition to The Journey at First Baptist Church at 1150 W. Ninth St.

• Approved, 5-0, a $45,110 bid from Pitt Roofing & Construction, based in Vernal, Utah, for a new adhesive-bonded roof for all wastewater plant buildings. It was the lowest bid submitted for that construction type, and included a 30-year warranty.

Next meeting: Tuesday, May 12 at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.


• Roll Call

• Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence

• Approval of April 28, 2009, meeting minutes

• Approval of April bills

• Approval of agenda

• Audiences:

– Melany Guevara will address council concerning domestic fowl in the city limits

• Michelle Perry will present an update on policy for the Moffat County Tourism Board

• Other Business:

– Award of bid for two trailer mounted message directors for the road and bridge department

– Request to waive formal bid process on All Crimes Enforcement Team grant purchases

– Resolution No. 5 (2009) ~ A resolution appropriating grant funds in the ACET Fund

– Ordinance No. 991 ~ an ordinance deleting subsection (4) of Section 10.04.060 (D) of the Craig Municipal Code concerning careless driving. First Reading.

– Update on Moffat County Tourism Association, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and Chamber of Commerce proposal for shared office space

– Review and discussion of council/staff appointment to various boards and commissions

• Staff Reports:

– Discussion of 2009 chip seal products

• City manager/city attorney reports

• Council reports

• Audience comments

• Executive session to determine a position relative to matters involving a contractor that may be subject to negotiations; developing strategy for negotiations; and instructing negotiators; and to conference with an attorney for the City for the purpose of receiving legal advice on specific legal questions pertaining to this matter pursuant to CRS 24-6-402(b) (II) (4) (b) and (e).

• Adjourn

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