Moffat County Commissioner Nov. 10 meeting recap |

Moffat County Commissioner Nov. 10 meeting recap

Janelle O'Dea

At the Tuesday Moffat County Commissioner’s meeting, commissioners discussed and decided on the following topics:

During general discussion:

Commissioner Tom Mathers announced the success of the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s annual Crabfest. The Chamber’s Executive Director Christina Oxley said the 2014 turnout was the best they’d had since the recession hit.

Chuck Grobe, commissioner, said he and a few other county employees attended leadership training in Denver and found the knowledge they gained very useful in making decisions, especially in times of crisis.

Director of Natural Resources Jeff Comstock said recommendations for managing sage grouse should be in from a state committee by the middle of this week.

Commissioners discussed adoption of an updated energy code with Moffat County’s planning and zoning head Jerry Hoberg. They also discussed possibly adopting new floodplain and septic regulations.

No decisions were made, as Hoberg said he wanted to discuss everything with commissioners before drafting a resolution.

Mindy Curtis of Moffat County’s Finance Department discussed the proposed 2015 budget with commissioners. The county’s budget, including The Memorial Hospital’s budget, totals almost $79 million.

Without the hospital’s budget, the county’s budget is about $41.2 million. Curtis said all departments submitted decreases of two percent in operating budgets.

An update from the Moffat County/Craig Economic Development Partnership came from Audrey Danner, who made an appeal to commissioners for more funding.

She said local governments across the state fund their economic development initiatives because it’s a service government often doesn’t have time to provide.

Danner said the Moffat County partnership has made all of the cuts it can for now.

“We’re way under the two percent reduction in operations,” Danner said. “We’ve cut expenses and hours.”

“We can’t do it with our little organization by ourselves,” Jay Oxley, board chairman for the partnership, said. “We have to have a unified effort with the whole community…we can be the core, but we need help. We have to brand ourselves in this town and we need to have a roadmap.”

Comstock brought forward another mineral lease with Southwestern Energy, and called it the “world’s smallest oil and gas lease.”

The lease is .8 of an acre and Moffat County is leasing it to Southwestern Energy for $350.

Action Items:

Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for Peakview Operating Company LLC, 3-0. The company explores oil and gas opportunities, and is currently drilling to expand Buck Peak field, located seven miles southeast of Craig.

They also approved senior citizens’ application for snow removal, 3-0.

Roy Tipton of Moffat County’s Development Services brought the commissioners a one-year contract with Northwest Colorado Consultants for environmental monitoring at the Moffat County Municipal Solid Waste landfill. NWCC will monitor for environmental concerns such as groundwater contamination. Commissioners approved the $20,845 contract 3-0.

Commissioners approved the Southwestern oil and gas lease for .8 acre at $350, 3-0.

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

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