Moffat County pledges 11K to GRAMNET |

Moffat County pledges 11K to GRAMNET

A week after the Craig City Council pledged $11,000 to a local drug task force, the Moffat County commissioners followed suit Tuesday.

Commissioners voted unanimously at their regular meeting to give $11,305 to the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The money is in addition to the $53,384 the county already gave to GRAMNET for 2006.

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead asked the commissioners to give the task force the money.

The task force was counting on receiving a $45,000 grant from the federal government in the form of a High Intensity Drug Activity grant this year.

But the task force found out in December that the grant had been denied, leaving it with a $45,000 shortfall in 2006.

The task force is asking Moffat County, Routt County, the city of Craig and city of Steamboat Springs to chip in about $11,000 each to cover the shortfall.

Grinstead said the task force would like to become less reliant on grants in the future.

“Our grant sources are drying up,” Grinstead said.

The task force plans to ask the participating cities and counties for increased funding in 2007 and 2008, Grinstead said.

Commissioner Darryl Steele said the commissioners supported the task force Tuesday because GRAMNET does important work in the community.

“We’re certainly getting bang for our buck in this,” Steele said.

In December, the task force rounded up 20 people on methamphetamine charges during a two-day sweep. The sweep culminated a six-month investigation.

The $11,000 the county pledged will be paid to the task force in four installments this year.

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