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Voting centers get OK

Dan Olsen

In other action

Commissioners:

• Signed damage agreement with J & D Sand & Gravel for the Sheehan Pit

• Signed quarterly reimbursement of Emergency Management Preparedness Grant and Local Emergency Management Support program expenses

• Approved final payment of $178,877 to Connell Resources for Moffat County Road 4 asphalt project

•Signed Energy Impact Grant for equipment totaling $1,845,490 with $845,490 being county matching funds

• Approved personnel requisition for Self-Sufficiency Technician for social services

• Discussed Yampa Valley Partners Board participation

In other action

Commissioners:

• Signed damage agreement with J & D Sand & Gravel for the Sheehan Pit

• Signed quarterly reimbursement of Emergency Management Preparedness Grant and Local Emergency Management Support program expenses

• Approved final payment of $178,877 to Connell Resources for Moffat County Road 4 asphalt project

•Signed Energy Impact Grant for equipment totaling $1,845,490 with $845,490 being county matching funds

• Approved personnel requisition for Self-Sufficiency Technician for social services

• Discussed Yampa Valley Partners Board participation

— State statutes require voting centers in Colorado and Moffat County be approved by Aug. 8, and the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners wasted no time at their Tuesday meeting approving a resolution to designate four sites in the county.

Craig’s Centennial Mall, Maybell’s Community Center, Hamilton’s Town Hall and Dinosaur’s library each will be voting centers for the upcoming November elections.

The Dinosaur library location will be new this election, since a change from voting at the town hall was necessary to have access to high-speed Internet service.

Voter registrations and previously-cast ballots are checked online before voters are allowed to cast a ballot at any of the vote centers in the county. Voters no longer need to be registered in the town in which they cast ballots, and the voting machines are not connected to the Internet.

This will allow voters working at the fringes of the county to cast their votes at remote locations away from their homes in Craig, and people visiting from outlying towns can vote while in Craig on Election Day.

In other action, commissioner Tom Gray and Natural Resources director Jeff Comstock drove directly from the Tuesday meeting to Rifle for a session of the Interim Com-mittee to Study Allocation of Severance Taxes and Federal Mineral Leasing Revenues.

State Sen. Jack Taylor called the commissioners and alerted them to the meeting, which began at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“The committee receives testimony from Colorado counties and then makes recommendations to the Legislature,” Comstock said. “What is put into the laws affects education, housing, law enforcement and social services in every county.”

The commissioners were not notified of the meeting until it was too late to get on the agenda to provide Moffat County’s point of view, Gray said.

Commissioner Tom Mathers worried that the meeting would be used by politicians to divert energy impact dollars from western Colorado for use on the Front Range.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext.207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com


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