Moffat County commissioners approve MOU for courthouse architectural work
January 15, 2019
CRAIG — During a brief special meeting Tuesday morning, the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding that could lead to construction of an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant single secure entry point for the Moffat County Courthouse.
The MOU approved by commissioners is with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the University of Colorado Denver's Colorado Center for Community Development, or CCCD. Under the agreement, CCCD would provide design and planning services to explore ideas and opportunities for an ADA-compliant, single entry point on the south side of the courthouse, which would replace the facility's current multiple entry points.
Work would include design and development of concept drawings and exhibits to generate schematic layouts for the proposed entry.
The cost of the planning work is estimated at $4,450, of which the county would contribute matching funds not to exceed $2,670.
According to Moffat County Director of Development Services Roy Tipton, the MOU makes no mention of façade work, despite initial reports.
Tipton further stressed that Tuesday's approval of the MOU only authorizes the planning and design work. He added that the actual project "will be a pretty lengthy process," which will include required public hearings, scoping meetings, and further meetings with CU Denver.
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"This is going to produce us a drawing we can work with," Tipton said.
Following the meeting, Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume said single-point entry has become the standard for Colorado courthouses, and creating a single courthouse entry point here will benefit both the public and employees, as well as enhance security.
"It will improve the overall safety and security of the courthouse," the sheriff said.
During Tuesday's meeting, commissioners also unanimously approved Resolution 2019-06, authorizing Memorial Regional Health to sell a 0.28-acre vacant parcel of property on Russell Street near the old Memorial Hospital site at fair market value.
The request to sell the property came from MRH CEO Andy Daniels, and commissioners noted the property had been appraised for $22,000.
Contact Jim Patterson at 970-565-3593 or jpatterson@CraigDailyPress.com.