Commissioners to consider CARE contract |

Commissioners to consider CARE contract

The Garfield County Commissioners meet Monday with a variety of issues on their plate.They will consider a revised contract with Colorado Animal Shelter Monday, Dec. 13. Although originally budgeted for $75,000, the commissioners heard a plea from Sheriff Lou Vallario at their regular meeting last week to up the ante to $130,000 to defray costs of housing dogs and cats impounded by animal control officers in the county. Vallario said the private animal shelter in Spring Valley is virtually full to the brim with dogs impounded in the county. CARE also houses dogs and cats surrendered by their owners.Airport manager Brian Condie will discuss a contract for a survey of the flight approaches to the county airport. The end result will be a new alignment of the runway.Before the new runway alignment is designed, there must be a survey of the approaches to the airport to ensure the path is clear of obstructions, Condie said.”The survey will look 15 miles down (from the end of) the runway,” Condie said. “It tells them height of terrain and any obstacles.”That information then goes to the FAA Seattle Flight District where a computer model is created which will show the best approach path and determine the new runway alignment.”Then they come out and fly it,” Condie said. FAA will pay 95 percent of the approximately $34,000 cost.The commissioners will also hear a request from the nonprofit Mountain Regional Housing Corporation of Carbondale, which will ask the commissioners for $20,000 to provide mortgage assistance for homebuyers.In an end-of-the-year housekeeping move, the commissioners will approve reallocation of funds in various departments to clean up the 2004 budget in anticipation of the 2005 budget, said county manager Ed Green.The commissioners will also consider purchase of four-wheel-drive vehicles with supercabs for the sheriff’s department. Green explained that the department has decided to purchase pickups in 2005 instead of SUVs because the “SUVs don’t hold up as well as the pickups and they’re not big enough to hold the cages in the patrol cars.”Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext.

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