Delta County Health and Human Services director Chuck Lemoine recounted a first-time-ever occurrence in his department during a recent report to the county commissioners.
Lemoine told how a recently discharged military veteran had received $90.25 for gasoline from the county's general assistance fund when he needed a hand up.
The veteran later returned to the department and repaid the full amount.
A parallel account is told by staff at the food bank in Cedaredge. There, a woman who used the Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank for supplemental nutrition needs when she was unemployed returned after she found a job and donated $75, the estimated value of the food she had received at no cost when she needed it.
In business matters at recent meetings, the Board of County Commissioners dealt with the following items:
• The county commissioners agreed to purchase a $77,321 specialized John Deere tractor that will be used to perform maintenance duties at Blake Field. The tractor is being paid for with a 90-percent grant from the state and 10 percent local funds. The purchase price is $1,000 under budget, the commissioners were told. The machine will come with a large rotary mower and a brush to sweep rocks from the apron and other areas.
Airport manager Mark Hussman has used his own tractor and rotary mower on occasion for airport maintenance work, and he has also gotten occasional equipment help from the District 1 Road Department.
• Commissioners heard discussion of an idea from the school district for using GOCO funds to purchase an $18,000 "top dresser." The machine is basically a downsized version of the familiar agricultural manure spreader. The machines are also called "material handlers" and are used to spread chemical fertilizer. The schools could use the device for athletic fields maintenance. Commissioner Mark Roeber noted the county has turf maintenance needs, too. Volunteer Park in Paonia was cited as one example.blog comments powered by Disqus