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The Garfield Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold its first off-site meeting of the year beginning at 9 a.m. today at the Sheriff’s Annex building, 106 County Road 333-A, Rifle.
Public comments from citizens on items that are not on the agenda will be taken at 9:05 a.m. Among the regular agenda items will be:
• Sheriff’s Department update and report of crime statistics from Sheriff Lou Vallario.
• Discussion on funding and maintenance for the South Canyon Trail east of Glenwood Springs.
• Funding request from the 5 Point Film Festival in Carbondale.
• An update on the county’s economic development efforts.
• Consideration of a contract for High Country Engineering Inc. to engineer and design County Road 311 improvements.
• Energy performance contract closeout presentation.
• Discussion of a uniform application process for discretionary grants.
• Review and discussion of the preliminary draft environmental assessment for the Enterprise Mid-America Pipeline Western Expansion II Project.
• Public hearing for a natural gas compressor station off County Road 306 southwest of Parachute.
To get to the Sheriff’s Annex, take the Garfield County Regional Airport exit from Interstate 70, then right on County Road 365 and left on County Road 333.
Garfield County commissioners will hear an update from engineering consultants and state transportation officials on the Grand Avenue Bridge replacement planning process at a Tuesday work session.
The report will be the same one that was presented to Glenwood Springs City Council on March 1, and will give county officials a chance to comment and ask questions.
The work session begins at 8 a.m. at the Garfield County Administration Building, 108 Eighth St., Room 100, Glenwood Springs.
Also on the agenda is a presentation by Andy Schwaller on the new requirements for sprinkler systems in new single-family and duplex residential construction at 9 a.m., and a presentation on emergency preparedness plans for county facilities at 10 a.m.
The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board of education will be taking more community input on the 2012-13 budget at its Wednesday meeting in Glenwood Springs.
In particular, the board is seeking comments as it develops priorities for spending the new mill levy override funds that were approved by district voters last November.
The discussion will take place from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the District Office on Grand Avenue. There will also be interactive webcasts of the meeting at Carbondale Middle School and Basalt Elementary School.
Public input on the budget will continue to be taken at Re-1 school board meetings through April.
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