Commissioners donate gravel to homeless shelter

By Hank Lohmeyer

The county commissioners recently approved a donation for the Abraham Connection emergency housing shelter on 5th Street in Delta. The county will donate 350 tons of gravel for the facility's parking lot. The county also agreed to deliver the material but would like the project's building contractor to spread it.

The shelter is scheduled to open on Nov. 1, either at the new building or at an alternate location used last year.

In other business, Commissioner Doug Atchley reported on a ballot initiative by state government - question BB. If the question is voted down, $66 million in collected tax dollars will be refunded to the public, to retail marijuana cultivators, and to retail marijuana purchasers, according to a Blue Book analysis. If the measure is approved, the state government will keep the money, allocating most of it for school construction statewide.

The county will pay 16.5 percent higher premiums on health insurance for employees due to high utilization rates on the policy, the commissioners learned.