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Garfield County commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for 1 p.m. today to discuss reapportionment of commissioner district boundaries.

Commissioners are then scheduled to have a public hearing on the proposed new district boundaries during their regular June 20 meeting.

State law requires county commissioner district boundaries to be adjusted every 10 years after the U.S. Census to ensure equal population numbers in each of the three districts. Though county commissioners must reside within a specific district, they are elected by voters county-wide.

Maps showing the current district boundaries can be viewed on the Garfield County website at http://www.garfield-county.com, or at the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the courthouse.

Both meetings will take place at the County Administration Building, 108 Eighth St., Room 100, Glenwood Springs.

Garfield County commissioners, at their June 6 meeting, formally ended the county’s contract with the Colorado School of Public Health to complete the Battlement Mesa Health Impact Assessment (HIA).

The decision was in followup to the commissioners’ unanimous vote at a May 2 meeting to discontinue further work on the study, which was meant to gauge health impacts associated with natural gas drilling activity within the unincorporated residential community south of Parachute.

Left unfinished will be a followup board of county commissioners meeting to discuss the second draft of the HIA and public comments received on that draft, and a final public hearing before the county board.

In ending the contract, the commissioners acknowledged in a letter to consultants that the initial HIA work had been completed to their satisfaction.

The Battlement Mesa Concerned Citizens group and others had asked the commissioners at their May 16 meeting to reconsider their decision to not finish the study. The board declined.

Garfield County commissioners have approved an energy performance contract for $787,923 to complete several improvements to the courthouse and sheriff’s department buildings in Glenwood Springs.

The county will contract with Ennovate Corp. for a variety of energy conservation improvements in the buildings. The funding was originally included in the county’s 2010 capital expenditures budget for facilities management, as part of the county’s work with the Garfield Clean Energy initiative.

The decision to proceed with the work came at the June 6 county commissioners meeting.

A Clifton truck driver was seriously injured early Wednesday when the water tanker truck he was driving swerved off Interstate 70 east of Parachute and ran 345 feet off the highway before stopping.

Donald J. Abbey, 47, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Grand River Hospital in Rifle and later moved to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Additional injuries were prevented because Abbey was wearing a seatbelt.

The water tanker belongs to Marsh Trucking and was empty at the time of the crash.

Abbey was driving west on I-70 at 5:45 a.m. when the truck ran off the right side of the road for about 300 yards. The truck then swerved across the westbound lanes, crossed the median and the eastbound lanes, plowed through a wildlife fence, crossed the frontage road, hit another wire fence, crossed a dirt road, and hit a third fence before coming to a stop on its wheels.

The state patrol said it appears that Abbey fell asleep at the wheel prior to the accident. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected as contributing factors.

The Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff Department, Grand River Fire Department, and CDOT responded to the scene. The driver was issued a citation for careless driving.

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