Garfield County commissioners
Commissioners are Robert Johnson, Dean Burton and Wynne McCabe. With all present Monday, the board:
COUNTY LAND: Heard report that engineer’s office will being advertising two small pieces of county land for sale on Oct. 9 and plans to open bids on Oct. 21. Minimum bid amounts are still being calculated.
ROADS: Awarded bid on Ben Day Meadow Creek Road Project to Crea Construction Inc. The company was the lowest bidder out of six, with a total bid of $397,560.
HOMELESS SHELTER: Discussed funding for the county’s homeless shelter, which has been closed since March. Blue Mountain Action Council has asked for $8,038 per year to run the shelter, which would be mostly staffed by volunteers. The county will review volunteer procedures for screening clients before awarding any funding.
SHERIFF: Heard report that sheriff’s department has received a federal grant for $125,000 to pay for a school resource officer for three years, with an expected match of $75,000. Sheriff Ben Keller is working to come up with matching funds.
MARIJUANA: Approved a one-year moratorium on issuing permits for marijuana production, processing and retail. The county will use the time to modify its comprehensive plan and assess the potential impacts of marijuana-related businesses.
INTERNET: Discussed modifications to contract with J-Net providing Internet for the county. The provider has told the county another WAN port needs to be installed in the courthouse, at an additional cost of $150 per month plus installation costs. The commissioners decided to discuss the changes with county staff before signing a revised contract.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: Authorized the chair to sign revised bylaws for the Greater Columbia Behavioral Health association.