County Beat: May 21, 2020

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[responsivevoice voice=”US English Female” buttontext=”Listen to this”] Thanks to an unexpected call from the Federal Aviation Administration, the county expects to be able to address multiple drainage issues at the Rangely Airport this summer. According to Jeremy McAlister of T-O Engineers, “the FAA called and said they wanted to do a project this year” and were willing to grant 100% of the cost if the project could be ready for bid by June. The unanticipated funding opportunity means the county can consider additional improvement projects at the Rangely Airport this summer.
County commissioners have returned to a former practice of interviewing potential appointees for county boards, and brought Terry Drake and Henry Hames in before renewing their appointments to the Rangely Lodging Tax Board. Commissioner Moyer reminded them that the board needs to keep minutes and publicly notice their meetings at least 24 hours in advance in order to comply with state statutes.
Lannie Massey and John Belland with the county’s natural resources department provided a brief update to the commissioners on current natural resource-related projects.
In the regular meeting, the commissioners:
• Opened bids for culverts and gabion baskets, and one bid for the weed and pest helicopter bid. Bids will be awarded at the next meeting.
• Approved multiple agreements with contract service providers related to Human Services for sexual abuse/offender treatment, mental health, structured parenting, intensive family therapy and domestic violence treatment services. The total amount of the agreements is up to $48,000.
• Approved a resolution establishing distribution of Title 1 Federal Forest Reserve Funds. The funds, totaling $229,873, are split between RBC Road and Bridge ($95,780); RE-1 School District ($79,196); RE-4 School District ($54,670); and the RE-3-JT School District ($266).
Following commissioner updates, the board went into executive session.
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By NIKI TURNER
editor@ht1885.com

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