Moffat County Commission recap for May 19 |

Moffat County Commission recap for May 19

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

Moffat County commissioners did the following Tuesday morning at their weekly meeting:

During general discussion:

• Heard from Mayor Ray Beck, who provided a recap from his recent trip to Washington, D.C., for a Club 20 conference. Beck said while in D.C., he had the opportunity to meet with the heads of several agencies, such as Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as well as Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet. The senators discussed the recent federal ruling regarding mining plans at Colowyo Mine with Beck, Moffat County Natural Resource Director Jeff Comstock and Senior Manager of Government Relations for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Dave Lock.

“We had asked Senator Bennet and Senator Cory Gardner, and also Congressman Tipton, to not only call Interior Secretary Sally Jewell … but also to write her a letter,” he said.

Beck said the senators were extremely receptive and agreed to contact Jewell to encourage an appeal on the judge’s ruling.

“We have senators in Colorado that get it, and I think they’re working together,” he said

If Colowyo Mine is ordered to halt mining operations, it could potentially displace 220 employees.

Action items:

• Approved Moffat County Department of Social Services’ electronic transactions for March 2015 and received a monthly report from Social Services Director Kerri Klein.

• Donated an unused county vehicle to Advocates Crisis Support Services.

“We currently use only personal vehicles for all of our transport and it does cost us,” said Sharon Farquhar, executive director of ACSS.

The new vehicle will help to diffuse this cost.

• Entered into an executive session pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute 24-6-402 (4)(f) to discuss a personnel matter regarding Moffat County Department of Social Services.

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