During their March 19 meeting, county commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes signed several documents related to their participation in regional and local projects.
ENGAGE. Commissioners signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the county's responsibilities with the four other members of the ENGAGE initiative (entrepreneurship, growth, agriculture and energy) to fulfill the commitments under the EDA grant.
The other members of ENGAGE are Technical College of the Rockies, Region 10 Small Business Resource Center, Delta County Economic Development, and Delta County School District.
Delta County will develop classes, outreach and educational materials, such as classes for new and expanding businesses on how to obtain all necessary local and state permits.
Elyse Casselberry, the county's community and economic development director, will participate on the steering committee.
U.S. Forest Service Plan Revision. The county received a grant award from Colorado Department of Local Affairs in the amount of $58,334 to assist Mesa, Montrose and Delta counties in securing specific economic information for the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison U.S. Forest Service Plan Revision.
Adult diversion funding committee. A grant award in the amount of $25,544 was received from the Colorado Adult Diversion Funding Committee for an adult diversion program in Delta County.
North Fork Valley Creative Coalition. Commissioners committed $2,500 in county funds to assist the Creative Coalition in reaching $10,000 in matching funds to enable the Coalition to have access to a $10,000 matching grant from Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The $20,000 will be used to create signage for the Creative District along Highway 133 and in the Town of Paonia, encouraging visitors to visit the Creative District and draw them into downtown Paonia.
Blake Field Hangar Leases. Commissioners approved and signed two new leases for hangar spaces at Blake Field presented by county attorney John Baier.
Arlin Geigley and Rick Good of Montrose are leasing hangar space 310 and will build a hangar measuring 50' x 200', with a five-foot wide easement on all sides.
Gary Schaublin and Chyrel Wilson assigned their lease for Space 101 to Kenton and Diane Clampitt.
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.