Garfield County Commissioners meeting
A problematic social services computer system, a hydrogeological study of a natural gas seep and various land use issues are on tap for the Garfield County commissioners Monday, Nov. 15.The meeting begins at 8 a.m. with the public invited to appear before the commissioners with any concerns. Citizens are limited to five minutes each.After reports from county manager Ed Green that will include an update on this year’s events and activities at the county fairgrounds, the commissioners will consider routine matters in the consent agenda.At 10:15 a.m. they will hear a presentation by county department of social services director Lynn Renick about a new computerized benefits management system that Green said is fraught with problems.”We’ve had a terrible time with it,” Green said of a state-mandated effort to computerize social services files, “because they did a lousy job of it. It’s probably the worse job of project management I’ve ever seen.”Green explained Colorado counties have until February to complete the conversion of paper files to a computer database.”It looks like we won’t make it; no county will,” he added, because of the sheer volume of files that have to be hand-entered in the computer system.After a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, the commissioners will reconvene for a series of public hearings on land use issues ranging from subdivision plans to an application for a special use permit for the 7W Guest Ranch.At 2:45 p.m. the commissioners will interview prospective auditing firms.Auditors are rotated to keep record-keeping in the county accountable to the taxpayers.”The problem is you don’t want to get too cozy with your auditor, so we make sure to turn them over every four years,” Green said.The county commissioners will also discuss a hydrogeological study of the affected area of a natural gas seep on Divide Creek south of Silt. The seep has been linked to nearby gas drilling by EnCana.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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