Garfield helps out detox |

Garfield helps out detox

Lynn BurtonPost Independent Staff

Garfield County commissioners dipped into a $25,000 fund set aside for non-profit groups and pledged $4,238 Monday for Colorado West Regional Mental Health’s cash-strapped detox center.Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario told the county commissioners he supports the funding. “If we don’t look for a way to keep detox open, it’s going to have an impact on the jail,” Vallario said.Colorado West, a private nonprofit organization, operates the detox center at 711 Grand Ave. Last December, the group approached 23 counties, cities, towns and hospitals, asking for $230,000 to offset the $300,000 shortfall expected by the end of this year.”We’ll probably be asked to help them out again,” said County Commissioner John Martin after the board approved Colorado West’s request 3-0.In other business Monday, the county commissioners:-Declined to condemn property along a section of County Road 322 south of the Garfield County Airport in order to widen the road. County Commissioner Larry McCown said the widening would relieve oil and gas traffic on Mamm Creek Road, West Mamm Creek Road and Airport Road, but he didn’t feel comfortable with condemnation. “I agree with that,” said Commissioner Trsi Houpt.-Signed a special use permit for the Mamm Creek Sand and Gravel pit, located north of Rifle on Interstate 70. Houpt said she would not vote because she was not on the board last year when the special use permit was first discussed.-Swore in Scott Aibner as the county’s new surveyor.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext.

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