Moffat County Commissioner Feb. 10 meeting recap |

Moffat County Commissioner Feb. 10 meeting recap

Janelle O'Dea

— At the Tuesday morning Moffat County Commissioner's meeting, commissioners discussed the following topics during general discussion:

As a part of the consent agenda, commissioners approved a contract to remodel their own meeting chambers. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid told the Craig Daily Press the remodel isn't absolutely necessary for the commissioners to do their jobs.

But fellow Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said the chambers currently do not accommodate some of the larger crowds. There are currently 21 audience seats available in the chamber, and Grobe said overflow audiences end up in the adjacent copier room.

"And we're having issues with those machines, anyway," Grobe said.

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod said she's excited for the remodel and it will prevent people from leaning against large, expensive county-owned mylar map copiers.

Frank Moe, the district 3 commissioner, said the remodel would also provide for the opportunity to connect with officials and residents across Moffat County. Because it is such a vast county, Skype and online connectivity could connect the commissioners with remote contacts.

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"It allows for the possibility of in the future having technology available where we can communicate with people all through the county and it will be well worth the money," Moe said. "The scope of construction is very minimal."

Kinkaid said the remodel would cost "just a shade" over $9,000.

Grobe said they're hoping to get the remodel done before this winter and it has been scheduled for a while now.

"We were going to do it in house and then our supervisor over construction projects resigned and moved to Ohio so we are scrambling to figure out how to do it in fairly inexpensive manner," Grobe said.

After discussing the remodel, Bill Mack of Moffat County's Road and Bridge Department, Jennifer Riley and John Rossfeld from the Memorial Hospital and Audrey Danner from the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership all provided updates for their respective organizations.

Mack said so far it's been a fairly quiet winter for his department, with not much snow to plow. The department is still working on repairing equipment and several other projects, he said.

Riley and Rossfeld provided information about ongoing recruitment at The Memorial Hospital and said an orthopedic assistant would be joining the TMH team this month. Rossfeld also said the hospital is "taking a serious look" at telemedicine so patients will have to travel less often.

Riley said the annual community health fair would be from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 11. Most of the tests provided at the fair will be at a reduced cost. TMH also put together a series of preventative tests for men as a part of their March madness promotion. The March MANness test special is $100.

TMH will also host a group of medical students from the University of Colorado as a part of a rural immersion program. The group will spend a week in Craig learning about rural lifestyles from different speakers.

CMEDP opened up membership to citizens in the area for $50, Danner said, and three citizens have already taken advantage of investing in the community's economic development.

The organization currently has a full 11-member board and is working on developing a relationship with Craig's realtor community to facilitate better communication with new businesses interested in coming to Craig.

The economic development partnership is also still investing time in helping businesses both old and new with issues they have.

"Last year we (visited) 15 (businesses), and this year we're trying to figure out how to do more of those so we can figure out what businesses need," Danner said.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @jayohday.

Action items approved by commissioners 3-0:

Feb. 3 Moffat County Commissioner meeting minutes

Resolutions for payment of payroll warrants: 2015-16 and 2015-17

Resolutions for transfer of payment of warrants: 2015-18

Monthly treasurer’s report

Cooperative law enforcement agreement between Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and the Forest Service

Contract to remodel board of county commissioner chambers