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Posted on: October 14, 2020

October 13 Meeting and Work Session Summary

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Workshop and BOCC Meeting Summary- 10/13/2020

Note: Starting October 13, work sessions will be scheduled on a rolling starting basis in order to be most efficient with time. 

  • The BOCC met with Road & Bridge Director Dave Morlan to discuss the CR 73 Bridge replacement project.  The planned project will be 80% CDOT grant funded. Originally, the county budgeted $376,000 to pay the other 20% of the total project cost.  Morlan indicated that due to increased estimated costs, the new estimate of the 20% is $452,677, an increase of $75,800. Morlan requested approval from the BOCC to move forward with a letter to the state requesting the supplemental amount needed. The total cost of the bridge is estimated to be $1,983,385.32.  Morlan was given the go-ahead to send the request to the state and to start the bid process.  Further discussion regarding the project will take place during the Road & Bridge Budget Workshop on Wednesday, October 21.

  • Leif Joy, Rio Blanco County Planner, brought forth a plan to save the county approximately $12,000/year by building a Microsoft Access Database in-house to use for permit tracking. The county currently uses the EnerGov platform, costing $17,000 per year.  Joy indicated that a new in-house platform could be beneficial not only in cost, but in customizing features to better suit the needs of the departments that currently utilize EnerGov. Joy stated that for $5,000 or less, the county could have a customized product. Joy agreed to start working on the database as soon as possible in hopes of giving the departments that will utilize the program time to test and ensure necessary functionality.

  • Janae Stanworth, Budget & Finance Director, presented the BOCC and representatives from the Town of Meeker and the Meeker Fire Department with a breakdown of dispatch calls and the overall cost per call averaged over the past 3 years.  These numbers were used to calculate the average percentage of calls that each entity accounts for.  The chart is linked HERE.  There was additional discussion and a difference of opinion regarding the method used to calculate the amount each entity (Meeker PD, RBC Sheriff and Meeker Fire) should be responsible for. Ultimately, it was decided amongst the representatives and the BOCC to create a committee made up of a representative from each entity to identify the most equitable way to split the charges.  Each entity will submit their appointed representative by Tuesday, October 20, and the committee will meet shortly thereafter.  It was agreed that there is a sense of urgency as each entity needs to make 2021 budget decisions soon.

BOCC Meeting Summary:

BOCC approved the following: 

  • Event plans for A Magical Night at Hogwarts and 4-H Achievement Night

  • Hiring an After House Child Welfare Supervisor (not to exceed 2020 appropriations)

  • Letter of support to Northwestern Community College Foundation applying for the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Matching Student Scholarship Grant

  • Meeker Airport Coulter Field project (federal and state grant)

  • Certificate of substantial completion for the Rangely Airport pavement maintenance and remarking project 

  • DOLA Grant Application for County Road 5 Stock Pass 3 Bridge Replacement Project

  • Memorandum of Understanding with VA Western Colorado Health Care System to provide space and support for Veteran TeleHealth services

  • Agreement with Northwest Colorado Regional Collaborative for a regional traveling eligibility technician to assist with Department of Human Services when necessary

  • Agreement with Garfield County Department of Human Services for the provision of Child Support Services 

  • Grant agreement with Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Colorado for the White River Round-Up program

  • Rangely Airport and Meeker Airport expenses reimbursed by CARES Act Funds 

  • BOCC Awarded the 2020 Rio Blanco County Bridge Maintenance Project to Western Gravel Constructors, LLC.

Public Hearing:

  • The public hearing included representatives from PacifiCorp regarding the Gateway South Transmission Line Project. Rod Fisher and Aleta Brown from Pacificorp were present along with Charles Hutchinson from Power Engineers.  The Gateway South Transmission Line Project has been in the works for twelve years and three Washington DC administrations.  The project spans four states. Rio Blanco County Planner Leif Joy was praised by Fisher for his assistance on the project.  Joy recommended approval and informed the BOCC that the Rio Blanco County Planning Commission also approved the project at a previous meeting with a 6-0 vote.   BOCC approved the Resolution for Gateway South Transmission Line and thanked PacifiCorp for doing business in Rio Blanco County.

Commissioner Updates:


  • Worked with Communications Department to resolve an issue at Cathedral Tower regarding a signal interference from a neighboring microwave dish. 
  • Attended Basin Round Table Meeting
  • Attended 911 Meeting
  • Called in on Pandemic Response Meeting with Public Health
  • Attended DHS meeting


  • Met with President of WREA to discuss future of fiber upriver. Work session will be scheduled in the next few weeks.
  • Attended CCI Public Lands meeting 
  • Coordinated a call with Karen Budd Falen, Deputy Solicitor, Parks and Wildlife, US Dept of Interior, to discuss recent NEPA changes and the effect expected for local governments.


  • CTSI meeting regarding Insurance
  • Attended a meeting with CNCC leaders
  • Joined a meeting with Western States Tribal Nations Group

All commissioners indicated time spent discussing budget with staff.

For official meeting minutes and agendas, visit:

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