The Board of County Commissioners has signed a letter formally endorsing the application for a planning grant by Delta County Economic Development.
The grant from the federal government, if received, is intended to help strengthen health care practices in the county.
The application is for an $85,000 planning grant. It would provide funds to study the idea of establishing a central facility that would handle office functions like billing and purchasing in order to save costs for the county's small medical practices, according to DCED officials.
In other business at recent meetings, the Board of County Commissioners has dealt with the following matters:
The commissioners approved a hotel and restaurant liquor license for Smith Fork LLC dba Dinner Bell Restaurant at Smith Fork Ranch at Crawford; also for Cheers Management LLC dba the Stone Fly Cantina at Austin (Gunnison River Farms);
• Also approved were a retail liquor store license renewal for Sommers LLC dba On the Rocks located at Paonia, and a hotel restaurant liquor license renewal for Electric Mountain LLC at Paonia.
• The county health and human services department reports 1,820 food assistance cases in the county compared with 1,775 this time last year. Though the case load is up, spending on the federal program is down from $533,592 in December 2012 to $473,610 in December 2013. The end of Obama stimulus funding for the food stamp program combined with recent passage of the Farm Bill which slightly cuts food stamp payments is responsible for the funding decline.
• The commissioners accepted a bid of $4,125 for installation of rain gutters on the self-service airplane fuel canopy at Blake Field.
• The commissioners received a landfill report showing 4,970 tires had been taken in at Adobe Buttes comprising 71 tons of the used rubber. The county shreds the tires and uses them for daily cover operations at Adobe Buttes.
• An end-of-year report from the health and human services department showed 2,746 county medical assistance cases (including all family, child, and adult medical programs together) up from the previous month of 2,632 cases. It is thought that more generous guidelines for Medicaid qualification under the Affordable Care Act are contributing to the rise in case load.blog comments powered by Disqus