Garfield County Commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 commissioners:
- RETIREMENT: Accepted letter of retirement from County Assessor Colleen Ledgerwood, effective Dec. 31. Ledgerwood ran for office as a Democrat, so commissioners will ask the county Democrat committee to submit three names to fill the unexpired term. The appointee will have to run for office to complete the entire 3-year unexpired term. Unanimous.
- WIND ENERGY: Met with Anne Walsh of Puget Sound Energy Oct. 17. Walsh said the Lower Snake River Phase One project is expected to go on line during the first quarter of 2012. Of the 149 towers being constructed, ten are commissioned and ready.
- HEALTH: Discussed problems of property owners not going through proper channels when installing bathroom facilities in existing buildings with the health department's sanitarian and with county building inspector Lou Heytvelt.
- HOMELESS: Signed an agreement with Blue Mountain Action Counsel endorsing BMAC's application for homeless funds to be used in Garfield County. Commissioners specified they would only contribute funds generated through recording of deeds as a match for the grant. Total amount of the grant request is $47,737. Unanimous.
- REQUEST: Decided to send a request for a $25,000 grant to the Harold and Helen Shepherd Foundation. If received, the money will be used for completion of the Garfield County Courthouse renovation project. Unanimous.