Garfield County seeks energy impact grants for three new buildings |

Garfield County seeks energy impact grants for three new buildings

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County commissioners on Monday signed off on a move to seek about $1.8 million in state mineral and energy impact grants to help build three buildings across the county. The total cost of the buildings is estimated to be about $8.2 million, according to county officials.

While Garfield County may be the county most affected by energy development in the state ” there are about 5,050 active wells and the state has issued 2,527 drilling permits this year ” county officials are uncertain whether they will receive the money to pay for the buildings.

“It really is up in the air,” said Ed Green, Garfield County manager, of the success of the county’s grant applications.

The county is seeking $600,000 in grant money to help design and build a sheriff annex south of the Garfield County Regional Airport. County officials say the building will support the sheriff’s office “in enhancing their services in the western portion of the county,” according to a memo to county commissioners. The total cost of that building is estimated to be about $3.5 million, Green said.

The county is also seeking another $600,000 from the state to help fund the building of a county Human Services annex south of the service’s current building in Rifle. The memo to commissioners said the project, which would cost an estimated $2.7 million, would help to provide working space for Human Services staff to meet the “rapidly growing needs of the county and its residents.”

The commissioners also approved moving forward with a grant application seeking up to $600,000 for an estimated $2-million building to house Mountain Family Health Centers certified physicians, physician assistants and family nurse practitioners. That facility would be located west of the Human Services building in Rifle, according to the memo.

Commissioner Larry McCown said it was important for commissioners not to prioritize the Mountain Family Health Centers building over other facilities the county may have on the drawing board. He made a motion to make the sheriff’s annex the No. 1 priority in this year’s grant applications and the Human Services building the county’s No. 2 priority.

The proposed Mountain Family Health Centers’ building was the third priority. That motion passed on a unanimous vote.

“I would emphasize the importance of all three,” Houpt said before the vote was taken.

Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117

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