Moffat County Commissioner recap for April 21 |

Moffat County Commissioner recap for April 21

Patrick Kelly

Moffat County commissioners did the following Tuesday morning at their weekly meeting:

During general discussion:

• Commissioner Chuck Grobe provided a recap from the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado’s most recent meeting. The AGNC is signing on to an amicus brief, along with the Colorado Oil & Gas Assocation and Rio Blanco County, regarding the Dudly Bluffs Bladderpod and Twinpod threatened species in the northern Piceance Basin. They also discussed a potential plan for providing state-level tax exemptions in areas around college campuses to encourage new businesses.

• Chairman John Kinkaid pointed out that Commissioner Frank Moe was en route to Pikeville, Kentucky, for the National Association of Counties’ Innovation Challenge.

• Roy Tipton, Moffat County developmental services director, gave an update on the Shadow Mountain Village project.

“It’s progressing nicely,” he said.

Action items:

• Office of Development Services — Roy Tipton explained the modifications on how assessments for the Shadow Mountain Village Local Improvement District are collected. Rather than a monthly collection added to water and sewer bills, assessments will be a yearly payment of $109.80.

“The amounts don’t change, it just means that it won’t be on the water and sewer bill,” he said. “It’ll be billed separately from the county, you’ll get it the same time as the property tax bills.”

• Department of Social Services — Kerri Klein, director of Moffat County Social Services, gave her monthly reports. In 2015, social services will focus on decreasing the number of kids in residential childcare facilities, Klein said.

“It’s not good for them, it’s not good for our caseworkers, it’s not good for the community, it’s not good for the budget,” she said.

• Sherriff’s Office — Sgt. Todd Wheeler, fire management officer for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, requested a grant match. Commissioners approved a 50 percent match on a $2,750 grant from the Division of Fire Prevention and Control to be used for the purchase of new equipment.

• Natural Resources Department — Jeff Comstock, natural resource director, presented a protest letter regarding the White River Field Office’s oil and gas development plan. Commissioners agreed to sign it.

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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