Moffat County BOCC supports moving BLM headquarters from Washington to Grand Junction
February 13, 2018
CRAIG — The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution in support of relocating the Bureau of Land Management's headquarters from Washington D.C. to Grand Junction.
The BOCC acknowledged that the chances of that move coming to fruition are slim, largely due to Grand Junction's distance from a major airport.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has expressed interest in "decentralizing" the organization of the Department of the Interior, including the BLM, by shifting more resources and personnel from the central office into field offices. Zinke also wants to re-organize the BLM by dividing the agency's regions along river systems and natural features, instead of state borders.
"I don't think I've seen that approach used in my lifetime," said Commissioner Ray Beck.
Other BOCC actions included the following.
• In the consent agenda, the BOCC approved reports from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Stormwater and a landfill fees contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission.
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• The BOCC approved an application for an exemption from subdivision regulations and applications for three communications towers in central Moffat County.
• The BOCC heard a monthly report from the Road and Bridge Department.
• The board converted a position from an office assistant to a staff assistant. The position is the main receptionist for the county Department of Human Services. This change will increase the salary for the position, in hopes of reducing employee turnover, and will cost the county an additional $660 annually.