The Delta County Commissioners at their Aug. 21 business meeting approved a letter to the BLM reaffirming 2013 support for the FRAM Whitewater Master Development Plan and amendment.
FRAM is a gas and oil operator that is working to develop rights in the sprawling Whitewater Unit which includes some areas in Delta County.
In response to the BoCC's decision, Natasha Léger, director of Citizens for a Healthy Community, asked if a cost/benefit analysis of the plan had been completed. Commissioner Mark Roeber said, "My recollection is that we did not do one."
Leger provided the commissioners a copy of a statement by Citizens for Clean Air, identified as a Grand Junction group, analyzing FRAM's financial condition.
In other business at its Aug. 17 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners dealt with the following matters:
• Commissioners appointed Don Chapman to the board of health.
• A jail census report showed 39 in detention and seven in work release.
• The county received a "clean audit" for 2016 from auditor Pete Blair. He noted that the accounting department provides good budget estimates, exercises good internal controls, and has high ratings from the state. Overall, the county's finances did not change significantly from 2015 to 2016. Commissioners accepted the 2016 audit report.
• Commissioners met in executive session with the county attorney over a notice from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission involving a discrimination lawsuit.
• Assessor Debbie Griffith reported an assessed value for the county of $295 million. She reported that actual property values in the county are up, but property tax receipts will be lower because of a change in the state mandated assessment rate for residential properties.
• Commissioners donated $100 for the Delta County Historical Society Museum project on the history of the Egyptian Theater.
• In planning matters, commissioners approved sketch and final plan for the resubdivision of Lot 2 in the Orchards of Pitkin Mesa West subdivision, owner/applicant Alan Parks; and, also approved was the sketch plan for Madison Gulch subdivision, owner/applicant Ronald G. Widner.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.