Moffat County Commissioner March 31 recap |

Moffat County Commissioner March 31 recap

Moffat County commissioners did the following Tuesday morning at their weekly meeting:

During general discussion:

• Pointed out difficulties in finding alternative routes once construction between Kremmling and Silverthorne on Colorado Highway 9 begins. This summer, Colorado Highway 131 will be obstructed at downtown Oak Creek and the west side of Berthoud Pass is being resurfaced, Commissioner Chuck Grobe said.

“We’ll have delays any which way we go unless we go down through Rifle,” he said.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, construction on Highway 9 is slated to begin in spring or summer of 2015 and final work may be done as late as spring of 2017.

• Recognized a letter from Gulfport Energy proving and supporting completion of their reclamation of the Loudy-Simpson well and made a motion to approve the surface use release agreement with Gulfport. The motion passed, 3-0.

• Requested that a county grant originally intended to fund archeological research of the medicine wheel at Brown’s Park be reallocated. Grobe said the county sought the grant on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management but the BLM has lost interest in pursuing the project.

• Reviewed Moffat County’s participation in a new program for coal-reliant communities seeking to grow and diversify their economies. Organized by the National Association of Counties, the program will guide counties and regions through designing solutions specific to their community.

“One thing we want to make well known to the public and everybody: we embrace our coal and energy,” said Commissioner Frank Moe. “But it’s prudent to diversify our economy too.”

Commissioners urged residents of Moffat County to complete an online survey that will help guide their participation in the NACo workshop. The survey is available at:

• Approved a response plan for a mass casualty scenario presented by Tom Soos, emergency management coordinator for Moffat County. The plan is intended to establish protocol and procedures for a situation involving injuries or illness where response is beyond the immediate capabilities of Moffat County emergency services. It breaks the county down into four ambulance districts and accounts for the resources available in each district. Although the plan seeks to provide direction, it acknowledges that mass casualty situations are unpredictable and the success of any emergency operation relies on the good judgment of emergency workers.

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