Diverse issues on the agenda
Weed management, inmate dental care and a special use permit for a natural gas pipeline southwest of Rifle – Monday’s regular Garfield County board of county commissioners’ meeting has an eclectic agenda.As of press time, an update on the Colorado Benefits Management System was not on the commissioners’ agenda, though Commissioner John Martin said Tuesday commissioners and social services staff would discuss how best to work with the new computer program. The new system, which is responsible for distributing food stamps, Medicaid and Medicare benefits, cash assistance, and other welfare benefits, has been causing processing delays state- and county-wide since it went online Sept. 1. Between 8-10 a.m., Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario will ask commissioners to renew an agreement for providing medical and dental services to inmates incarcerated at the Garfield County Jail. Vallario will be followed by a presentation by Garfield County oil and gas auditor Doug Dennison, who will ask commissioners to review and approve EnCana Oil & Gas Groundhog Gulch Unit Agreement. County vegetation management director Steve Anthony will request an increase for the weed cost share program, and will request that South Canyon receive an area designation for weed management. Anthony will also announce appointments to the county’s weed board, and will give commissioners an update on West Nile virus from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Following the consent agenda and a commissioners’ break, at 10:15 a.m., commissioners will consider approving the design-and-build contract with CMC to construct the new Garfield County Human Services facility at the former Cooper Field at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. A number of building and planning issues will be discussed at starting at 1:15 p.m. including a request to approve a special use permit for 7W Guest Ranch to operate as a resort, and a request by applicant Timothy Jenks for a subdivision exemption. In addition, from 8-10 a.m., commissioners will:• hear the results of the 2004 Garfield County Fair;• consider whether to continue the county-wide fire ban;• consider the grant application for the Satank Bridge re-construction project.After 1:15 p.m., commissioners will:• consider a request by Canyon Gas Resources for a special use permit for ‘material handling’ for a natural gas pipeline southwest of Rifle.The commissioners’ meeting will run from 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m., at 108 8th St. Room 100, on Monday, Oct. 4, in Glenwood Springs. As always, public comments from citizens not on the agenda are allowed at 8 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Those comments may be limited to 5 minutes. A full commissioners’ meeting agenda is available online at http://www.garfield-county.com. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518
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