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Moffat County commissioner plans work for the new year

— At the Rotary Club of Craig’s regular Tuesday morning meeting, Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe dropped in to brief the group on what he will be working on in 2015.

Grobe attended a meeting with leaders from six counties in Rifle for Gov. John Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force. Grobe feels good about the work being done with the task force and the message they’re sending to Hickenlooper about further regulation on oil and gas.

“We’re promoting the West Slope way,” Grobe said. “We’re getting things accomplished, especially Garfield County. They’re doing more than anybody else in the whole state as far as gas and oil.”

He also talked about his work on the state’s air quality control commission. The commission will talk about possible future Environmental Protection Agency regulations and “going over them, discussing all options,” Grobe said.

The Yampa/White Basin Roundtable meets at least twice yearly, and Grobe said he was appointed to the board for an at-large representative position three or four months ago. He said the group is working on a basin plan, and Hickenlooper released the state water plan last week.

Grobe said he’s working with Dinosaur and Maybell to assure their emergency services do not have to travel too far for essential resources, such as licensing emergency vehicles.

“Because if they decide not to be a volunteer fire and ambulance there, look at what that would do to half of the county,” Grobe said about the Maybell emergency services. “They cover a large area, and they’re a great group of people.”

He discussed getting involved again with the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado. Grobe used to be chairman of the organization that “only deals with energy,” as he described it.

The landfill in Moffat County needs a chance to make more revenue, Grobe said. He said most other landfills he researched “didn’t have everything tested” for asbestos.

When taxpayers bring refuse into the landfill, asbestos isn’t typically in question. But those with a state permit and who have trash from major renovations, perhaps one taken down to a structure’s foundation, must have it tested for asbestos.

Craig City Council member Joe Bird spoke to Grobe’s involvement in the community and willingness to work with the council.

“He’s very concerned about relationships between the city and the county. I know there’s been a lot of efforts on both sides to try and work together,” Bird said. “I will say as of recently, Chuck helped spearhead some of (the workshops we’ve had with county commissioners). I will say from the city side, I’m very appreciative of his efforts and what it is that he’s done there.”

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

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