Moffat County commissioner Oct. 7 meeting recap
At the weekly Moffat County commissioners meeting, commissioners discussed and decided on the following topics:
During general discussion:
Commissioners confirmed with the clerk ballots would be mailed out to voters Oct. 14.
They also discussed the Shadow Mountain project and the fishing pond at Loudy-Simpson Park.
District 1 Commissioner Chuck Grobe said asphalt has been laid on one part of the Shadow Mountain project. He also said it’d be at least another year until “we’re done with that permit” at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Tom Mathers, District 3 commissioner, said the Loudy-Simpson pond could be a draw for people if it didn’t get fished out as quickly as it does.
“It’s a park; you don’t want to have to have a ranger out there all the time checking everybody,” Mathers said. “I know some people that say they’ve seen people take 50 fish out. It kind of ruins it for everybody because you like to have a nice place to go to fish.”
Jeff Comstock, director of Moffat County’s Natural Resources Department, presented two letters of public comment to commissioners. One, about the yellow-billed cuckoo’s potential habitat listing, will go to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The other was about a new proposed rule that will, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, clarify the Clean Water Act. The letter will go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA.
Commissioners approved to send both letters, 3-0.
They also approved all electronic transactions, or payments, made to the Moffat County Social Services Department. These transactions include payments from federal programs such as Colorado Works and Aid to the Needy and Disabled.
Commissioners approved the transactions, 3-0.
Social Services Department Director Kerri Klein said it may look like fewer people are using food stamps, but in fact it could be because the cases haven’t been processed yet. Social Services has received an abundance of applications for benefits recently.
“In the past, Laura (Willems) has said there’s usually continuous people leaving and coming on and leaving and coming on, and right now, we’re seeing people staying on” food stamps, Klein said.
She also said in the long run, the recent decision to stop returning status update calls could benefit clients of Social Services.
“PEAK is an automated system that has been up for a couple of years, and Moffat County residents don’t typically use it,” Klein said. “Although this is the option they have to look up their status (right now), so it might start leading people to look up their status using that electronic system.”
Lynnette Siedschlaw, of the Moffat County Human Resources Department, requested approval for a detention deputy position.
Commissioners approved the position, 3-0.
Audrey Danner and Steve Fulton, from the Craig Moffat County Economic Development Partnership, gave an update about how their shop local campaign is progressing. They also gave an update on how the partnership has impacted the community, including helping 14 new businesses get off the ground.
Fulton said he’ll have small-business workshops for anyone to attend during lunchtime Oct. 15 and 16 at the Business Center in the Colorado Northwestern Community College Bell Tower.
Linda DeRose, of the Road & Bridge Department, came to the meeting to present the final settlement for the department’s 2014 striping project.
Commissioners approved the settlement, 3-0.
DeRose also brought commissioners a proposed change to the 2015 Moffat County United Way campaign for county employees. Instead of offering only vacation days as a reward for donating, DeRose asked for $500 to motivate employees to donate.
“We’d like to try and have more incentives to give employees to donate,” DeRose said.
Commissioners approved the motion for three vacation days and $500 as a reward for Moffat County employees to donate to United Way, 3-0.
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