Moffat County Commissioner recap for April 28
Moffat County commissioners did the following Tuesday morning at their weekly meeting:
During general discussion:
• Commissioner Chuck Grobe brought a state highway freight plan to the attention of his fellow commissioners. Last week, Grobe attended a Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee meeting and brought up the point that some primary routes through Northwest Colorado are missing from the plan.
• Roy Tipton, director of development services, explained Monday’s water outage at Shadow Mountain Village. Due to an emergency situation involving an old valve at Willow Street, water for the area was shut down around noon and was off until approximately 4:30 p.m. when the repairs were completed.
“If we know in advance we’re going to have a shutdown, we’ll let everyone know,” said Tipton. “If it’s an emergency situation, it’s really tough.”
• Commissioner Frank Moe, upon return from the National Association of Counties’ Innovation Challenge, provided an update on the workshop. Last week, six leaders from Moffat County attended a workshop for coal-reliant communities in Pikeville, Kentucky. The representatives for Moffat County were Frank Moe, Moffat County Commissioner; Ray Beck, Mayor of Craig; Russell George, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College; Brent Curtice, superintendent for Moffat County School District; John Rossfeld, CEO of The Memorial Hospital; and Jay Oxley, chairman of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Board.
The workshop hosted seven community groups and Moffat County was the only group from outside of Kentucky or West Virginia, said Moe.
“Our community was recognized by the organizers as being the only community being proactive, rather than reactive, to the constriction on coal,” he said.
According to Moe, the representatives wanted to stress that, although Craig and Moffat County are not in a crisis, there is a sense of urgency to implement an action plan.
Moving forward, the focus will remain on different entities working together for the benefit of Craig and Moffat County.
“As a group, we were there for the community,” said Moe. “It was all about economics, it was not about ‘ego-nomics.’”
• Danelle Husband and Roberta Hawks discussed the local art economy with the commissioners.
• Julie Grobe presented a proclamation for the National Day of Prayer; commissioners signed the proclamation without opposition. The National Day of Prayer, signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1952, is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.
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