Our View: Kudos, county
Craig — Earlier this month, the Moffat County Commission made a wise decision. The Editorial Board, a group that historically hasn’t offered up much praise to decisions made in county circles, must give credit where it’s due.
The county partnered with Rio Blanco and Garfield counties to apply for $17 million in Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant money for separate road projects.
One Moffat County commissioner described the roads as being part of a lengthy transportation network heavily used by the energy industry to carry equipment, personnel and products between Colorado and Wyoming.
Moffat County’s end of the potential grant allocation is the lowest of the three counties – $2 million for an asphalt overlay on five miles of Moffat County Road 4, near Hiawatha.
Still, the cooperative effort is the smart – and right – move.
DOLA, racked by funding shortfalls, is looking at projects with a keener eye on greater public impact.
The agency could very well say no to the Moffat-Rio Blanco-Garfield piggyback plan, but that’s going to be harder given its regional implications and the fact the counties are unified in their support for each other’s projects.
It also doesn’t hurt that each of the projects is exactly what DOLA officials say they want: infrastructure improvements in counties directly impacted by energy development.
We may be biased, but we can’t see how DOLA could say no.
Hopefully, DOLA will see it the same way we do.
This board also would be remiss if it did not recognize the commissioners’ willingness to compromise with their neighbors.
As they said after the agreement was finalized, Moffat County is in competition with every other county for DOLA funding.
It is encouraging to see politicians put aside their need to bring home dollars in favor of working together for a common purpose.
Even though this county will get the smallest portion of the $17 million pot if the grants are approved, local businesses only stand to benefit with greater regional transportation, particularly if that helps stimulate the energy industry.
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