Moffat County Commissioner Nov. 18 recap |

Moffat County Commissioner Nov. 18 recap

Janelle O'Dea

At the Tuesday morning Moffat County commissioners meeting, commissioners discussed and decided on the following topics:

During general discussion:

Commissioner Chuck Grobe talked about an agreement with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association regarding Craig Station’s Unit One and Two will go through the air quality control commission on Thursday.

Action items:

Commissioners agreed to support a letter from the Yampa Valley Off Highway Vehicle Trail Riders. The group will apply for a grant.

Dave Watson, vice president of the Yampa Valley OHV Trail Riders, said they need funds to operate a bulldozer and to make trails in Moffat County to ride on.

Dario Archuleta, from the Bureau of Land Management, presented a letter of support for a different OHV grant to hire a seasonal employee. The employee would clean up OHV trails and be a manager on the trails.

Archuleta said the focus in hiring this person is to educate people. Currently it is a six-month position.

Commissioner Tom Mathers said the last time they approved a similar BLM grant, some terms of the agreement weren’t upheld, such as the BLM asking for input from commissioners and updating commissioners about travel management and planning issues.

Archuleta said he understood the commissioners’ concerns, answered their questions about plans for the seasonal employee and expressed the need for additional personnel.

“If we don’t do these things, there’s a chance that that area could close, and we don’t want that,” Archuleta said.

Commissioners approved the position 3-0.

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

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