Moffat County Commissioners discuss term-limited officials and Shadow Mountain project |

Moffat County Commissioners discuss term-limited officials and Shadow Mountain project

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers Skyped into the Jan. 6 commissioners' meeting.
Janelle O’Dea

During Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers’ last meeting as a commissioner, he jumped a personal, technological hurdle and Skyped for the first time.

Commissioner Chuck Grobe explained why Mathers appeared on screen instead of in person.

“Tom’s family thought everyone was getting sworn in today instead of next Tuesday, so they made arrangements in Mesquite (Nevada) for his retiring from commissioner’s office,” Grobe said.

Mathers will retire as commissioner next week, when his successor Frank Moe will be sworn in. Moe, along with other incoming county employees, will be sworn in at 8 a.m. on Tuesday at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Grobe also read letters of resignation from outgoing Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz and outgoing Housing Authority Director Ute Jantz. Tim said he resigned his post a bit early because an opportunity came that he couldn’t pass up. It’s not yet known what opportunity Jantz seeks.

A public hearing for the Shadow Mountain project was held at 9 a.m., but Director of the Office of Development Services Roy Tipton said they’d received no comments.

The public hearing is a requirement for a loan from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The loan is for $430,000 at one percent, and Tipton said the rates will be “really favorable” for residents.

“On the ballot, we said it’d be $19.40 per month for residents, and it will likely end up being $9,” Tipton.

After the environmental assessment for phase two, Tipton said the loan requires the CDPHE open a comment period for at least 30 days. After the comment period, the county will be given access to the money.

“It’ll work for when we want to start construction on April 1,” Tipton said.

He also said Rundle Construction will return to finish its work on phase one of the project. The remaining phase one work should take about four months, Tipton said, and the bidding period for phase two is now open.

Bids for phase two are due on 11 a.m. Jan. 15.

Tipton said Rundle Construction will begin phase one work again on May 1. Mathers asked if both contractors would be working at the same time.

“Two contractors will share the same staging area and will just have to work together to get through it,” Tipton said.

Mathers said with both contractors working, this should allow the project to fall back into its original schedule.

A meeting for Shadow Mountain residents is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the American Legion Hall. Tipton said this meeting would brief them on upcoming work and prepare them for any inconveniences that may come their way.

“There will be some challenges with traffic control (when contractors are working on both phases),” Tipton said.

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

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