Moffat County Commission recap for Aug. 25 |

Moffat County Commission recap for Aug. 25

Patrick Kelly
Moffat County Commissioners John Kinkaid, left, Frank Moe and Chuck Grobe conduct county business at their regular Tuesday commissioner meeting.
Patrick Kelly

At their weekly meeting on Tuesday morning, the Moffat County Board of Commissioners did the following:

During general discussion:

• County Commissioner Frank Moe said attorneys for the town of Dinosaur, city of Craig and Moffat County are drafting the November ballot question regarding the Local Market District. Comments on the referendum will be received by representatives of the three governmental bodies in a series of public meetings starting 2 p.m. Monday at Moffat County Courthouse’s main conference room.

On the agenda:

• Tom Soos, Moffat County emergency management coordinator, presented several planning documents to the commissioners for signature.

First, Soos explained the community alert and warning plan, which is “designed to ensure efficient notification of the public in the event of an emergency.”

Although the system can launch phone calls, texts and emails at a local level, cell phone numbers have to be voluntarily logged into the system. All land line numbers are notified by default. As a last result, first responders would notify citizens by going door-to-door.

Next, Soos’s resource mobilization plan established a system for identifying and allocating available resources to ensure timely emergency response and maximum efficiency.

“I think this is a good tool, getting it down in writing – the initial response, where we go, how we involve everybody” Commissioner Chuck Grobe said.

The commissioners approved the two plans as well as a reserve Emergency Medical Services unit.

Soos said the problem with the traditional EMS’ unit is ties to the 911 system.

“In the event of a disaster those people are not available to us,” he explained.

The hopes for the reserve unit, Soos said, are to have unaffiliated, certified volunteers available to respond in a support capacity if there is an emergency.

Soos also presented recommendations for the Regional Emergency Trauma Advisory Council, which the commissioners approved. The county’s RETAC representatives are Tom Soos, Beth Metcalf, Jeff Womble, Dan Bingham, Richard Nichols and Penny McCoy.

• The commissioners approved two grant applications presented by Moffat County Finance Director Mindy Curtis. The primary grant would provide $50,000 in funds from the Economic Development Administration to fund a comprehensive economic assessment of Moffat County. An additional $25,000 to help meet the EDA grant match is being sought from a Department of Local Affairs grant. The county plans to contribute $7,000 to the match.

• Darcy Trask-Owens from the Colorado Workforce Center gave her yearly update to the commissioners. Trask-Owens emphasized that her office doesn’t just help with job placement, but offers a variety of trainings for people looking to further their employment opportunities.

• Doyle O’Neil provided an update on the planning process for next years Grand Old West Days. O’Neil said when he heard the event might be going away next year he had to step up to do something.

Melody Villard, Moffat County Tourism Association director, confirmed that Chancey Williams had been booked for the 2016 event.

Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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