County Beat: Aug. 27, 2020

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RBC | In work sessions Tuesday, the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners heard from Facilities Director Eric Jaquez regarding improvements at the RBC Fairgrounds. Jaquez said the Fair Board would rather purchase additional hog panels with the budgeted $29,000 instead of completing the covered stalls.

The board also held a work session about asbestos-containing materials entering the landfill. The county’s Public Relations Coordinator, Makala Barton, said, “The county’s goal for both the building department and the landfill is to provide proper education and management of asbestos to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community.  In addition, proper asbestos management will ensure the landfill is able to realize its maximum life expectancy.

Anyone planning to remodel or demolish a property should contact the building department to obtain a demo permit.  When the demo permit is submitted, the building department can then give information regarding asbestos regulations depending on individual needs.  

The Demolition Permit and other asbestos information is available online at under both the Landfill page as well as the building department page under ‘Demolition Permit’.”

Public Health Update

Public Health Director Alice Harvey said there has been one new case of COVID-19 in the county in the last week. All other cases are now recovered. 

CNCC and both school districts have been working closely with public health on their plans for preventing a COVID-19 outbreak. “We are all very confident we will be able to remain open,” Harvey said. 

She also said Western Slope communities are working together to get a courier plane to take COVID-19 tests to the state lab in Denver from Grand Junction. Waiting for test results is down to two or three days once the tests get to the state. 

A full-time public health nurse has been hired Rangely to start Sept. 9.

Harvey also said they’re looking to purchase rapid test machines to provide an independent solution for testing. Public Health is also planning “shot clinics” for standard immunizations and influenza vaccines this fall. 


• Approved an event plan for Septemberfest festivities in Rangely.

• Approved a Rio Blanco County Economic Development funding request for the CNCC Rockin’ Bulls event in the amount of $1,000. 

• Approved a contract with Ducey’s Electric for a lighting conversion project at the White River Museum for $11,882.

• Approved a task order (contract modification) with HDR Engineerings, Inc. for a minor bridge load rating project. The current task order involves getting inspections and CDOT ratings on a number of local bridges. 

• Approved a modified grant/agreement from White River National Forest related to the eradication of noxious weeds and invasive plants.