Commissioners approve cell tower, defend 2nd amendment

RBC I Rio Blanco County commissioners signed a resolution to approve a Special Use Permit, with eight conditions, for Mercury Towers to construct a 105-foot telecommunication tower on land owned by Joe and Kelly Conrado.

Commissioners approve shorter cell phone tower

Rio Blanco County Commissioners approved a Special Use Permit for Mercury Towers to construct a 105-foot wireless communication facility on land owned by Joe (standing) and Kelly Conrado. “When we went into this, we thought it would be good for Meeker and in the end it is going to be good for Meeker,” Conrado said.

RBC I Rio Blanco County commissioners unanimously approved a Special Use Permit (SUP) for Mercury Towers to construct a 105-foot wireless telecommunication tower on private property owned by Joe and Kelly Conrado.

New commissioners attend first meeting

Former Meeker resident Jim Cagney (standing with cap), the current Northwest District manager for the BLM, which oversees 5 million surface acres and 8.7 million sub-surface federal minerals in northwest Colorado, met with RBC commissioners to discuss BLM lands in the county.

RBC I After being sworn in last week and attending Colorado Counties Inc., (CCI) training in Denver, new commissioners Jeff Eskelson and Jon Hill attended their first official county meeting Monday last, making appointments to different boards and meeting with Bureau of Land Management officials in the afternoon.

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Commissioner-elect Jeff Eskelson (center) listens as Rio Blanco County clerk Nancy Amick swears in Jon Hill to the office of Rio Blanco County Commissioner. After the ceremony Eskelson and Hill left for Denver to attend CCI (Colorado Counties, Inc.) training along with 66 other newly elected county commissioners in the state.

Commissioners’ reception

Former RBC commissioners Ken Parsons and Kai Turner share a laugh with chairman Shawn Bolton at a reception held to thank Parsons and Turner for their service. Both enjoyed the opportunity to serve and intend to stay involved, Parsons as a member of the Energy Impact Assostince board of the Department of Local Affairs and Turner as a member of the Colorado River District board of directors and Northwest RAC.

RBC I A reception for outgoing Rio Blanco County commissioners Ken Parson and Kai Turner was held Monday, the day before commissioners-elect Jon Hill and Jeff Eskelson were sworn in by RBC Clerk Nancy Amick.

Proclamation prompts commissioners to protest

RBC I A controversial proclamation made by the City and County of Denver regarding the potential connection between protecting the supply of water pulled from the Colorado River Basin for the Front Range and the future of oil shale research, development and production sparked a speedy response from Rio Blanco County’s commissioners.

Celebration for outgoing commissioners

MEEKER | A thank you celebration for county commissioners Ken Parsons and Kai Turner for their years of service to Rio Blanco County, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the County Administration Building, 200 Main, Meeker.

Cell tower hearing

MEEKER I Rio Blanco County commissioners will reconvene Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., at the Fairfield Center in Meeker, the public hearing regarding a special use permit for the construction of a 199-foot, self-supported communications tower located near RBC Road 13 (Flag Creek Road).

Public hearing for cell tower continued — Community wants cell tower, but not in the proposed location

“We had no clue this was going to happen or we probably would have looked for a different way,” said local businessman Joe Conrado (standing), about the public hearing and comments from adjacent landowners on their application to place a 199-foot communications tower on a parcel of their property on RBC Road 13 (Flag Creek Road).

MEEKER I A public hearing for Rio Blanco County commissioners to take comments on a special use permit to build a 199-foot cell tower has been continued until 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the commissioners’ meeting room in the Fairfield Center.

RBC issues more than $200K in grants

RBC I With interest rates at less than one-half of one percent, $18 million (the principal amount in the County Capital Improvement Trust Fund CCITF) does not generate the kind of revenue it used to bring in.

Commissioner aims to inform constituents

RBC I During the next few years I will be writing a column to keep the people of Rio Blanco County informed of the issues facing us. It will be written as necessary, sometimes each week, sometimes longer between columns. All of the discussions will be my own opinion.

RBC commissioner candidates answer questions

Ballots for the 2012 republican primary election will be conducted by mail-ballot, which will be delivered to local mailboxes between June 4-8 and are due back Monday, June 25.