Moffat County Commissioner Oct. 14 meeting recap |

Moffat County Commissioner Oct. 14 meeting recap

Janelle O'Dea
From left, District 2 Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe, District 1 Commissioner John Kinkaid and District 3 Commissioner Tom Mathers discuss the Shadow Mountain project with Moffat County Development Services Department Director Roy Tipton on Tuesday at the Moffat County commissioners meeting.
Janelle O’Dea

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

During general discussion:

Commissioner Chuck Grobe gave tips about cybersecurity because October is national cybersecurity awareness month. The tips included making passwords that are “long and strong,” updating software and keeping an eye on external devices, such as USB drives and iPhones, as those are open to malware and viruses, too.

Free or low-cost password security programs, such as Norton’s Password Generator and, are designed to help with the problem of remembering too many passwords. These systems use one-way encryption, making it impossible for thieves to steal passwords.

Republican Rep. Bob Rankin sent Grobe a letter asking commissioners to consider a resolution on the Roan plateau. Grobe said he will draw up a resolution, and the commissioners will vote on it next week.

Action items:

Commissioners approved to proclaim October as domestic violence awareness month, 3-0.

“We’d be more than happy to do this,” Commissioner Tom Mathers said.

Sharon Farquhar, along with three Advocates for Crisis Support Services, came to the meeting to thank commissioners for their support as well as present the proclamation.

“Domestic violence awareness month is that one time in the year to get up and speak with you, but I want to remind you that this is a crime, a punishable crime that happens every day, every hour,” Farquhar said. “It doesn’t matter what language you speak or what community you live in.”

Farquhar said Advocates has one staff position open and recently has filled two others. Although the organization very much appreciates the county leasing a building to it for $1 per year, Farquhar said it will look for a bigger building within the next three to four years.

The agency serves almost 1,000 clients per year, including family and friends affected by domestic violence situations.

“That’s nearly 10 percent of the county population,” Commissioner John Kinkaid said.

Commissioners also approved the proposed 2015 county budget, 3-0.

Kinkaid asked Finance Director Mindy Curtis about the future of the county’s financial situation. She said 2016 and 2017 are projected to bring in lower amounts from property taxes, but they won’t know what the effects will be until numbers come in.

Commissioners also approved a new applicant for snow removal, 3-0, and approved a change order for the Shadow Mountain project, 3-0.

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