An earlier closing time for business at the Delta County clerk and recorder's office in the courthouse was approved by the county commissioners on Monday. Beginning Oct. 2, the closing time will be 4:30 p.m. The earlier closing time will bring the clerk's office in Delta consistent with the 4:30 p.m. closing time at the North Fork Annex, explained county clerk Teri Stephenson.
In other business at the BoCC's Monday, Sept. 18 meeting, the following matters were dealt with:
• Commissioners signed a second proposal to the Delta Urban Renewal Authority for an intergovernmental agreement. The county's offer would terminate upon any effort by the City of Delta or the DURA board to initiate eminent domain procedures to acquire land for DURA's river corridor development project.
• Cheryl Husmann of Blake Field FBO Smiling Aviation reported that the second quarter of 2017 has seen increased business at Blake Field. Total operations are up 260 percent for the same quarter last year, and fuel sales are up 283 percent. Overall, "there is more traffic" at the airport, she told the BoCC on Monday. The new skydiving business is proving successful and the owner has indicated plans to continue.
• A report from the county health department stated the county has a 37 percent rate of unintended pregnancies. That is one of the best rates in the state, said Pat Sullivan of the department.
• Future reconstruction of the Blake Field main runway, a project estimated to cost $8 million to $9 million, has attracted $7.8 million in federal and state funding interest, the BoCC was told. The project is under review to find cost reductions. Also, Airport Advisory Board member Jack Sprague told commissioners a move to privatize the nation's air traffic control system that is being promoted by the commercial airlines would hurt general aviation at Blake Field and North Fork Airport.
• Commissioners declined to sign a letter of support for Century Link's application for state broadband funds. The county has supported a request from the fund by DMEA. Commissioner Don Suppes said the endorsement was not in the county's best interest and that the Century Link plan doesn't cover the entire county. Commissioner Doug Atchley called the request "very little, very late" and noted the county's commitment of up to $750,000 in support of the Region 10 middle mile broadband project.
• Dave Mitchell and Susan Kladis of the North Fork Creative Coalition asked for a $2,500 donation to help match a $10,000 grant for highway and town signage promotion. Also, on Thursday, Sept. 21, there will be an announcement of "$300,000 in seed money" from the Boetcher Foundation and other agencies supporting the Paonia creative space program.
• In planning matters, commissioners approved the final plat for Gallup Farms III, Carlin Graff owner/applicant; the replat of lots 4 and 5 of Ash Mesa Estates, Daniel and Sheila Gray owners; and, the replat of lots 1 and 2 of Waggoner no-impact subdivision, Santiago Barajoas and Christopher Waggoner owners.
• The commissioners endorsed letters of support for grant application to other agencies by the following entities: county health department; the Interpretative Association of Western Colorado for restoration of Captain Smith's Cabin and the Walker Homestead; local mountain bike groups for trails work; and Delta County Tourism Cabinet for marketing funds, an application which has been given matching funds from the county's economic development fund.
• The jail census report for Sept. 11 tallied 34 in detention and eight in work release; and for Sept. 18, 28 in detention and 10 in work release.
• A resolution to post speed limits on Escalante Canyon Road was tabled.
• Commissioners met in executive session for advice from counsel on a property line dispute between parties Hanke and Esplin.
• Commissioners met in an afternoon work session with staff and district attorney Dan Hotsenpiller on the topic of adult protective services. They also heard a presentation on Delta County geology, toured geology of the North Fork Valley, and met afterward at the Maloney House.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.