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Moffat County Commissioner discusses meeting with senator’s policy staff

In other news:

At its regular meeting Monday, the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved, 2-0, a resolution for the transfer of payment warrants.

• Approved, 2-0, a memorandum of understanding between the Moffat County Libraries and the county human resources department.

• Approved, 2-0, a Colorado Division of Wildlife impact assistance grant application.

• Approved, 2-0, rescinding the vacation of Moffat County Road 222.

• Approved, 2-0, an application for snow removal.

• Received a monthly report from Bill Mack of the road and bridge department.

— Note: Commissioner Tom Gray was absent from the meeting.

In other news:

At its regular meeting Monday, the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved, 2-0, a resolution for the transfer of payment warrants.

• Approved, 2-0, a memorandum of understanding between the Moffat County Libraries and the county human resources department.



• Approved, 2-0, a Colorado Division of Wildlife impact assistance grant application.

• Approved, 2-0, rescinding the vacation of Moffat County Road 222.



• Approved, 2-0, an application for snow removal.

• Received a monthly report from Bill Mack of the road and bridge department.

— Note: Commissioner Tom Gray was absent from the meeting.

Last week, Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner participated with other regional representatives in a discussion with Senator Michael Bennet’s policy staff in Steamboat Springs.

At Monday’s commission’s meeting, Danner reviewed the meeting with fellow commissioner Tom Mathers. Commissioner Tom Gray was absent.

“Many participants there were frustrated and angry at the federal government, specifically Senator Bennet, for actions he had taken,” Danner said. “We were all asking him to do something different.”

Moffat, Grand, Jackson, and Routt counties were all represented at the invitation-only meeting, which Danner said was focused on how the federal government could help Northwest Colorado in the current economic climate.

Danner said Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Darcy Owens-Trask also participated in the meeting.

“We talked about the very specific ways, at the federal government level, that they can help with our jobs, keeping the jobs and growing the ones we have,” Danner said.

Each county representative had his or her own concerns and the conversation hit on both transportation and broadband development, she said.

For Moffat County, Danner’s focus was on natural resources and energy development jobs.

“When the topic came to clean energy, I said very firmly that we are a demonstration project for carbon sequestration, that we would welcome the opportunity to do clean energy projects here,” she said.

She said Colorado Northwestern Community College would be interested in teaming with local mines or other organizations to help with the educational aspect, but the college would not be able to add new programs.

“As we work to conserve the natural resource extraction and energy development jobs that we have, those will develop dollars for the state that come back at a local level,” Danner said. “They also help all the businesses in town because we are a small business community.”

Danner said she thanked the senator’s staff for working to keep the U.S. Department of the Interior’s payment in lieu of taxes program, which helps offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable federal lands.

“As you can imagine, there were many criticisms, ‘We wish you would do this differently,’ from the participants around the table, but I did thank them for full funding of PILT, payment in lieu of taxes,” Danner said. “I said that is necessary for the counties.”

Overall, Danner said the meeting was positive, especially with regional economic talks scheduled for Wednesday in Craig.

“For (Bennet) to pay attention to our carbon sequestration project, how we might be a research and development site, if you will, and how we also will talk on Wednesday about that, that is important for our economy,” she said. “Yes, it’s important to diversify and look for new jobs, but if we can keep and stabilize, that makes as much sense as anything.”

Scott Schlaufman can be reached at 875-1792 or sschlaufman@craigdailypress.com.


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