Moffat County Commission recap for July 21
Moffat County commissioners did the following Tuesday morning at their weekly meeting:
During general discussion:
• Commissioner Chuck Grobe said the county’s comments on the Colowyo environmental assessment had been finalized and submitted to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s Western Region.
On Monday, OSMRE’s assessment will be published. Hard copies will be available at Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, in the Natural Resources Department; Moffat County Library, 570 Green St.; Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St.; Meeker County Courthouse, 555 Main St., Meeker; and BLM’s White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker. The assessment will also be available online on OMSRE’s website.
Public comment on Colowyo’s environmental assessment will be received by OSMRE through Aug. 15 and evaluated while it forms a final draft.
Grobe said OSMRE has been very considerate of the public comment provided thus far.
“They read all of them and they knew what the gist was so they could answer all the issues,” he said.
• Commissioner Frank Moe provided an update on the formation of local marketing district in Moffat County. To get the local marketing district on a ballot, 50 percent of the commercial property in the county, approximately $17 million, must be represented on a petition.
The local marketing district would include Craig, Dinosaur and all unincorporated areas in Moffat County. A 4 percent lodging tax would pay for the district and the addition of a chief economic champion for the county.
Moe said commissioners are aiming to have the petition complete by Aug. 17 at the latest so they can proceed with organizing the required public meetings before the Sept. 4 deadline.
Mayor Ray Beck added that in the meantime, bylaws and strategies for the local marketing district could be formed.
“It’s a lot of work involved,” he said.
On the agenda
• Dollie Rose provided her first department update as director of Moffat County Department of Social Services. Commissioner Grobe noted that foster care placement cost’s were higher than average in May.
The average monthly cost is around $20,000, Grobe said. May’s expenses were $28,797.
Rose said this was due to court ordered placements in higher cost facilities.
The deadline to vote is Monday, May 20.