Preliminary discussions have been held that might one day lead to a river corridor recreation area.
A meeting was held last week among some of the parties that would be involved in an idea to develop a system of facilities supporting public river uses along the North Fork of the Gunnison and Gunnison rivers from Paonia to Delta.
County administrator Robbie LeValley reported briefly on the meeting during the county commissioners' regular session on Jan. 27.
Also discussed at last week's meeting was an idea of applying for a GOCO grant to construct a boat launch/landing facility at the county fairgrounds as a first step in eventually completing a wider vision for the river corridor.
A broad coalition of interests would have to be involved and committed to such a project goal. They would include first and foremost private landowners along the river corridor, county government and the Fair Board, the Bureau of Land Management, the national fish hatchery, various river users and interest groups called "stakeholders."
In response to a constituent question at the Jan. 27 BoCC session, LeValley noted, "There was discussion (at last week's meeting) of a grant, and also of getting stakeholders and landowners together."
In other business at its Jan. 27 regular session (delayed a week due to the Jan. 20 holiday), the Board of County Commissioners dealt with the following matters:
• Commissioners acknowledged receipt of a thank you letter from the Delta County Humane Society. The county helps fund the society's spay and neuter program.
• Commissioners approved a contract for services to be provided by the county attorney's office for the county health and human services department working on child welfare cases and other legal matters.
• Chuck Lemoine, director of the county's health and human services department, discussed with commissioners some pros and cons of a state-level idea that would create a statewide 1-800 phone number for reporting cases of child abuse and neglect. The county HHS department and the Board of County Commissioners are strongly opposed to the idea. They believe that taking local knowledge and contact out of the child welfare enforcement mix will not help response to complaints and will not help the children themselves.
In spite of determined opposition to the statewide idea from many small county social service agencies across the state, the idea is still being discussed.
• Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the state government whereby the state will assume responsibility for maintenance of local communications towers that house 800 MHz communications and other equipment.blog comments powered by Disqus