Moffat County Commission recap for Oct. 6 |

Moffat County Commission recap for Oct. 6

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

• Recapped the weekend festivities celebrating Dinosaur National Monument’s 100th anniversary.

“It was actually very emotional to think of people standing there a hundred years prior to that, what thoughts were on their minds, what their vision was and what it looks like 100 years later,” Moffat County Commissioner Frank Moe said.

• Announced that the memorandum of understanding between Moffat County, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and Trapper Mining, Inc. would not be signed until Trapper’s attorneys had a chance to review the document.

The memo establishes the county’s cooperating agency status in the remedial environmental analysis being conducted at Trapper Mine.

• Explained that the back entrance to Moffat County Courthouse would be employee access only from now on. Commissioner Chuck Grobe said the change was due to safety concerns.

• Discussed the proposal to form a local marketing district in the county, which will be on the November ballot and left to voters to decide. The LMD would add a four percent tax on hotel rooms and accommodations in the county to collect revenue for projects focused on strengthening local economy.

Craig resident Dave DeRose brought up the topic by providing economic statistics to the commissioners.

“Home values are down 23 percent since 2010, 23.8 percent of homeowners owe more than their home is worth, Craig housing vacancy is 12.5 percent and Moffat County’s rate is 24.75, Moffat County school enrollment is down 14.5 percent since 2010, sales tax revenue in Craig is down 7 percent since 2010, our population dropped 6.5 percent between 2010 and 2014,” he said, emphasizing that something needs to be to address economic decline.

DeRose said voting for a local marketing district should have happened years ago and encouraged the commissioners and audience members to support the initiative.

“This LMD will help us with tourism, will help us with recruiting other business, will help us strengthen local businesses,” said DeRose. “I firmly believe this is the step we should have taken in 2000.”

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

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