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Posted on: January 27, 2021

January 26, 2021 - Meeting Update

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BOCC Meeting & Work Session January 26, 2021

Work Session Information

The Rio Blanco County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) had a productive regularly scheduled meeting and series of work sessions.  During the work sessions the BOCC gave Budget and Finance Director Janae Stanworth direction to proceed with obtaining an internship student, pursuing an Associates Degree in Accounting from Colorado Northwestern Community College.  This intern will be assisting Rio Blanco County’s Budget and Finance Department for approximately 9 weeks for 10-15 hours per week, the department is looking forward to the additional help. 

The BOCC heard from T-O Engineers regarding some confusion about funds for a FAA Grant Application for the Meeker Airport.  T-O Engineers explained that the application does not obligate Rio Blanco County to accept the grant if bids come in higher than the budgeted amount for the project.  The BOCC did later approve the application in the regularly scheduled meeting.   Additionally the BOCC had conversations with Nita Smith from Community Counts and Rio Blanco County Broadband, White River Electric, Cimarron and Visionary Broadband.  

Board Meeting Updates

The BOCC approved contracts for services pertaining to the Assessor’s office and the Meeker Airport.  Rio Blanco County will be taking over ownership and the building of a new fuel farm at the Meeker Airport. During the regularly scheduled meeting the BOCC made several appointments to County boards and county positions.  The BOCC voted to reappoint Todd Starr and Janae Stanworth to County Attorney and Budget and Finance Director respectively.  The BOCC unanimously voted against the appointment of Dave Morlan to Road and Bridge Director.  Morlan expressed his disappointment with the decision to not reappoint his position during Public Comment.  A minor subdivision and rezoning application for a private landowner was approved.  To read the full minutes from the regularly scheduled meeting visit: 

Commissioner Updates

Newly appointed Commissioner Ty Gates reported attending various meetings on behalf of Rio Blanco County including: Wolf Coalition Meeting, Regional Vaccination call, board interviews, and reaching out to the CDOT Transportation Committee.  Commissioner Rector reported participating in Board Interviews, various discussions with industry members in the area and attending to personnel issues at the county level.  Commissioner Moyer, in addition to Board Interviews and personnel issues, reported attending the White River Conservation District Board Meeting, Wolf Coalition Meeting and Club 20 Legislative call.

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