Board handles business matters

By Hank Lohmeyer

The Delta County Commissioners have dealt with a number of business matters at recent meetings including the following:

• Commissioners approved the budgeted purchase of a tandem axel dump truck for road and bridge district 3. Commissioners accepted the low bid of seven received: an International 7600 from McCandless Truck Center in Grand Junction. The $129,713 purchase price came in just under the $130,000 amount budgeted. An older truck it replaces is being kept with an eye toward eventual use as a water hauler, commissioners were told.

• Commissioners approved a $50,000 expenditure for a CDOT highway access study in the Rogers Mesa corridor. The total cost of the study will be $150,000 with the balance paid for by CDOT. The county will pay $30,000 this year and the remaining $20,000 of its obligation in 2017.

• The commissioners adopted changes in the county policy for providing "spatial parcel data" from the geographic information systems (GIS) department. The new policy states in part: "It shall be the policy of [GIS] not to sell or freely give more than 25 parcels of spatial/geo-referenced data to any individual, group, or company for commercial or other purposes without a written request on company letterhead defining the nature of the [intended] use." The full policy contains caveats for selling data, for dealing with other government agencies, and for use of non-spatial data.

• Commissioners received jail census reports for June 20 and June 27. There were 44 inmates in detention and 13 in work release for a total of 57 on June 20. There were 49 inmates in detention and 11 in work release for a total of 60 on June 27.

• Commissioners gave their backing for the Delta Housing Authority application to participate in programs to assisting owner/occupants of single family residences make needed repairs, and also a program for rental property rehabilitation.

• Commissioners approved the allocation of federal funds received under the Secure Rural Schools Program. The county will receive a total $202,440 and will allocate the funds as follows: $86,016 to School District 50J; $86,016 to the county road and bridge department; and, $30,407 to county contingency for emergency response (Title III).

• Commissioners acknowledged receipt of $53,221 from the state to fund child welfare positions in the human services department.

• Commissioners were informed that the human services department is seeing signs of a decline in the food assistance caseload with 1,888 cases currently compared with 1,952 cases a year ago. Medicaid cases have increased to 5,272 from 5,122 year ago. Both programs are 100 percent federally funded but are administered locally by county personnel.