A big project proposal involving paving and other work at Blake Field came in above bid prompting the BoCC to approve application for more grant money to do the job.
According to the commissioners discussion on Sept. 17, a bid for a taxiway and wind cone relocation came in at $535,000 including engineering.
That prompted the commissioners to approve application for $82,322 supplemental grant funding for the project.
Grant money for the project is awarded through CDOT with a 10 percent county match. The commissioners approved $9,147 for additional county matching funds on the work. The work includes taxiway construction and reconstruction around the hangar and terminal.
The county engineering department explains its program of Blake Field improvements as upgrades to operations and safety aimed at making the facility more attractive to business and corporate customers.
In other business at recent meetings, the county commissioners dealt with the following matters:
• Commissioners held another conference with the county attorney and county treasurer about oil and gas mineral rights the county owns that underlie private surface ownership.
Two parties have contacted the county about buying the mineral rights under their property. State statute requires a "public sale," and the BoCC is still deciding how to proceed with one. The process can be a money loser if expenses outstrip bids.
For example, County Tresurer Jim Ventrello explained that a mineral right can underlie numerous private ownership parcels, and each owner must be individually notified of the pubic sale by certified mail. The sale must also be advertised in the county's legal newspaper, the DCI.
The DCI had previously reported the county owns 33 mineral rights deeds. That number was reported as 70 during the commissioners most recent discussion.
Commissioner Doug Atchley noted that the treasurer's practice in past has been to "try and unite" severed mineral estates with surface ownership.
The board is considering putting only the two mineral rights requested up for public sale.
• The commissioners noted the BLM's Uncompahgre Field Office release of a final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact on Oxbow's proposed coal exploration on Oak Mesa.
• The commissioners received a report from Health and Human Services of 1,754 food assistance (food stamp) cases as of Aug. 12. The month earlier total was 1,703. The year earlier total was 1,583.blog comments powered by Disqus