To improve access in an area where timber sales that will benefit forest health are to be conducted, the Board of County Commissioners Monday signed an agreement with the Forest Service for road work on Grand Mesa.
Under terms of the accord, Delta County will be compensated for up to $100,000 by the Forest Service for work its road crews do on almost seven miles of Trickle Park Road between mile posts 3.50 and 10.10. The work will include installation of subsurface membrane to support soft spots in the road, and hauling and placing various road base, pit run and aggregate materials for road surface.
In other business at their regular July 18 meeting, the county commissioners dealt with the following matters:
• In a discussion with human services department personnel, commissioners learned that HHS staff are "continuing to see serious cases requiring that children be removed from their homes. Additionally, [the department] has begun to see and hear about heroin use in the county."
HHS director Chuck Lemoine noted that 10 child welfare referrals came in to the department on just one day recently, Friday, July 15. The number of child welfare case referrals for the month of June was 50, compared with 17 referrals in June of last year.
"It is just so many more referrals than we were expecting," Lemoine commented to the commissioners. Commissioners asked for a staff update on the issues and scheduled a meeting for next week to discuss it.
• The commissioners received jail census reports for July 11 and 18. There were a total of 55 inmates in detention and work release on July 11 with an average inmate count for the week of 66. There were a total of 58 inmates in detention and work release on July 18 with an average inmate count for the week of 65.
• The commissioners were informed that the assessor's office received 146 property valuation protests. Of those, 103 were adjusted either up or down; 30 were denied; 12 were satisfied with department explanations; and one was determined to be void of standing to protest.
• The commissioners approved warrants covering bills payable from June 25 to July 8 for a total $131,751.