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County enters collaborative agreements with several entities

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During their Nov. 20 meeting county commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes approved agreements with several entities which will enable the county and the entity to work collaboratively in serving their respective constituencies.

Secure Rural Schools. In 2009 the Colorado Legislature determined the way the national forest payments are distributed between the school district(s) and county road and bridge funds. Based on the amount of the allocation, the county and school district must also set aside 15 to 20 percent for Title II and Title III uses.

The total amount of the new allocation is $36,281.47. The county and school district have agreed to the distribution as follows: $15,419.62 to the school district; $15,419.63 to the county road and bridge fund; and $5,442.22 set aside for Title III.

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline. Colorado activated the hotline to provide one easy-to-remember, toll-free phone number for individuals to use statewide to report suspected child abuse and neglect. The hotline serves as a direct, immediate and efficient route to the counties responsible for accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect inquires.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) develops a partnership between Prowers County and Delta County for Prowers County to manage and administer calls to the hotline regarding persons who reside in Delta County and to prepare reports on the result of those calls.

For January-December 2018, the projected number of reports is 469, and the projected annual cost for call coverage is $9,262.

U.S. Forest Service GMUG National Forests. The MOU between the Forest Service and Delta County enables both entities to become cooperating agencies, with the Forest Service acting as lead agency, to prepare a revised Forest Land and Resources Management Plan and an Environmental Impact Statement.

The county will provide knowledge and information to help address management issues related to land use plans, local social and economic conditions, and natural resource management concerns related to range, roads, timber, wildlife, fire, recreation, and land and water conservation.

County administrator Robbie LeValley will be the principal contact for the county.

Grant Request to DOLA for $100,000. Commissioners authorized staff to submit an application to Colorado Department of Local Affairs for a grant of $100,000 to enable the counties of Delta, Montrose and Mesa to engage consultant support to coordinate review and participation with the U.S. Forest Service GMUG Forest Land and Resources Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.

Each of the three counties will provide matching funds in the amount of $33,333.

Feasibility Study. Delta and Montrose counties have entered a memorandum of understanding to evaluate the feasibility of a regional produce processing facility.

As an example, the Phase 1 study will evaluate processes such as individually quick frozen aseptic juice/puree extraction and drum or freeze drying. Phase 1 will look at the size of the market, estimate the supply of produce in the region by commodity, develop scenarios based on variability in the availability of produce (bumper crop vs. weather loss) and evaluate the preliminary supply chain.

Phase 1 will include a market, production and financial analysis to frame a more detailed Phase 2 business feasibility study.

Delta County will act as project lead and act as fiscal agent for the project.

Delta County and Montrose County will share cost for Phase 1 equally, each committing $7,500 to the study.

If Phase 1 demonstrates that a regional processing facility has merit, the MOU commits Delta County and Montrose County to reconvene and evaluate viability and funding for a second study.

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