Public Safety Center groundbreaking to be held next week |

Public Safety Center groundbreaking to be held next week

Tyler Baskfield

The earth has been moved and the ceremonial shovels will break ground during a ceremony for the future Moffat County Public Safety Center at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the construction site on First Street.

The public is invited and the ceremony marks progress in constructing the center and some changes to the project.

The Moffat County Public Safety Center Workgroup met Tuesday and discussed new issues for the center.

A proposed fishing pond for youth and disabled people near the center is in the works. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Department is coordinating applications for fish and wildlife grants to help build the pond. Gravel being mined on the construction site will leave a hole that could be converted into a fishing pond, according to Sheriff Buddy Grinstead. The Sheriff’s Department contacted Division of Wildlife Game Management Officer Mike Bowman to help them with the project. Grinstead believes grants to develop the proper sloping and landscaping around the pond have to be secured before the project is finalized, but once completed will be a nice facility for the community.

“I think that kids need to have a spot to go where only they can fish and the handicapped also need a fishing spot that is accessible to them,” said Grinstead.

Other news on the safety center forefront includes a $100,000 Truth and Sentencing grant that has been awarded to the project by the State of Colorado to build three more beds in the future jail. The three beds will be in the maximum security part of the jail. This grant brings the capacity of the jail to 87 beds.

“The maximum security pod is a very expensive part of the project so it is nice to receive funding for that,” said Grinstead.

Along with two other energy impact grants received by the county the total granted to the project to date is $1 million.

The workgroup also authorized the contractor, TCD (The Commercial Division), to take steps to stockpile gravel on the site to help with an early spring start. DLR architectural firm will present revised plans at a design and development meeting on Tuesday. New cost estimates from the firms involved with the construction will be prepared and received in early January.