At their Oct. 2 meeting, the county commissioners dealt with the following matters:
• Merriam Helmsing, Ute Jantz, Joey Montoya Boese, Cheryl Oeltjenbruns and Julie Barton were ratified as members of the Delta County Community Services Block Grant Program.
• Constituent Deann Thomas of Eckert told commissioners that a burn operation causing smoke in her neighborhood of retirees "may be legal, but it sure isn't ethical." Commissioners Atchley and Suppes explained the matter is under state health department jurisdiction and that the county is "in discussions" with state officials about it.
• A professional services agreement with Dynamic Planning and Science of Montrose was approved for providing an update of the county hazard mitigation plan.
• The commissioners designated Margaret Davey as keeper of confidential business sales tax information.
• Commissioner Mark Roeber was named to the Colorado Counties Inc. legislative committee as a voting member, and Human Services director Chuck Lemoine was designated as voting proxy on the CCI human services committee.
• Liquor permits were approved for Wilson Head American Legion Post #97 and for Endless Endeavor Winery and Farm at Paonia.
• The commissioners approved posting of speed limit signage on Escalante Canyon Road. Staff reported that speed limit signs recently placed along 3400 Road have been vandalized.
• The commissioners approved a sketch plan for the Fredie 3 subdivision, owner/applicant Gary Fredie; and they approved a specific development application for Gary's Garage, owner/applicants Gary and Kim Fredie. Commissioner Suppes noted that since the specific development involved a business expansion and not a change of land use, the specific development process should not have been required.
• A jail census report for Oct. 2 showed 32 in detention and eight in work release for a total of 40.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.