The county will dip into its GOCO account to purchase two pieces of groundskeeping equipment. They will be used to maintain and improve the condition of turf on area playing fields.
District #1 Commissioner Doug Atchley said at the BoCC's Sept. 16 meeting that the $24,838 for the purchase of a "top dresser" and an aerator would come from funds in his district's discretionary spending account. Each commissioner has a discretionary account which is funded with receipts from GOCO and not from county tax revenues, Atchley noted. Use of the GOCO money is restricted for open space, parks, and outdoor facilities, Atchley said.
The intent is for the two pieces of equipment to have a shared use among the school district and other facilities.
According to discussion at the commissioners' meeting, the top dresser and the aerator will be primarily for use by the school district in maintaining the turf on athletic fields. But Atchley and Commissioner Mark Roeber have specified that the county's own use of the equipment is also part of the deal. In particular, Roeber mentioned the large turf area at Volunteer Park in Paonia.
County administrator Robbie LeValley said the county wants the school district to establish and and maintain a monitoring plan to keep tabs on use of the equipment.
A top dresser is used to spread various types of fertilizing materials over large areas.
In other business at its Sept. 16 regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners dealt with the following matters:
• The county's oil and gas representative, Bruce Bertram, reported that the Norwegian operating company Fram has received a permit to re-drill a gas exploration well west of Eckert on the property formerly known as White Ranch.
The existing drill pad had been used in a previous exploration by another company, Bertram said. Fram will drill a new bore hole on the site this fall. The project will employ high-tech horizontal boring techniques.
• Commissioners met in executive session and discussed two matters.
They huddled with the county attorney and resident Bob Neirinckx over pending litigation that concerns a contract for the county to purchase real estate from Nierinckx.
• The commissioners agreed to a contract amendment for grant-funded work on the Delta Library building. The county owns the ground the library sits on and the City of Delta is owner of the building.
Library officials hope that the work to stabliize the foundation on the northeast corner can be done this fall.
"We hope to get the work done before it gets too cold," said library district director Annette Choszczyk.blog comments powered by Disqus