BoCC support sought for Fort Uncompahgre

By Hank Lohmeyer


During the BoCC's final meeting of 2016, commissioners received a report about programs being offered at Fort Uncompahgre. Chris Miller of the Western Colorado Interpretative Association, who gave the presentation, got a pledge for some financial help from the county to help with the fort's expanding list of projects and attractions.

Miller told commissioners that the fort conducts educational tours for more than 1,800 fourth graders from 70 schools each year.

Miller also reported that Fort Uncompahgre is entering its third year of a five-year plan and is moving forward on an ambitious and energetic list of interpretive projects, year-round curriculums, and even possible expansion with new displays of native flora.

Miller asked for the commissioner's financial support for the fort's many programs and projects. Commissioner Doug Atchley said that some GOCO funds that are available to him for helping with eligible programs in within his commissioner district.

In other business at recent meetings, the Board of County Commissioners approved spending $84,225 on three patrol F-150s for sheriff deputy use. The three units ($28,412 each plus $270 each for hitch receivers) were bid by Hellman Motor Company. Four bids were received from three dealerships and Hellman's bid was "the lowest by quite a bit," said Undersheriff Mark Taylor. The three trucks will replace three older trucks.