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Prescribed burn scheduled on Uncompahgre Plateau

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Federal lands management agencies have been planning a prescribed burn on public lands on the Uncompahgre Plateau that was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 27.

Jeff Wright, Delta County emergency manager, reported to the Board of County Commissioners on Monday that smoke from the burn will impact Delta County. Delta Dispatch and first responder agencies are expected to receive many calls about the controlled burn project.

In other business during the BoCC's regular meeting on June 6, the following matters were dealt with:

• Lenore Cambria and Sara Sharer of the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District explained a project to construct baseball, softball, and multi-use playing fields at their facility near Hotchkiss High School. Commissioners expressed their support for a grant application but held off making a pledge commitment until there is better information on costs.

"As a board we are keenly interested. Kids are important," said commission chair Doug Atchley.

• Commissioners awarded a bid for work on a county multi-hazard mitigation plan to Dynamic Planning of Montrose. The company had bid on the county master trails plan but lost out to DHM Design for that work.

The $45,000 hazard plan is funded 75 percent with federal dollars. The county's 25 percent share can be in-kind work including up to $8,000 in cash.

• The county has three major planning projects taking place simultaneously -- the year-long master land use plan, the master recreational trails master plan and the hazard mitigation plan.

• Commissioners appointed Jack Sprague representing Blake Field, and Ivan Bukolsky representing the North Fork Airport to serve on the county Airport Advisory Board.

• Staff from the Health and Human Services department reported that payments from the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) will see an increase in the minimum amount from $200 to $350. Similar payment hikes will occur across the board with the top payment rising from $700 to $850.

• Commissioners adopted a new policy for naming roads. The biggest changes are in reducing the maximum number of characters in a name from 15 to 11, and in limiting the number of syllables used in a road name to more than three or four. "The U.S. Postal Service has advised counties on selecting road names: "If you can't say or spell it, don't use it," according to a staff report.

• Commissioners held an executive session to discuss the "Raymond/Hostetler trial outcome and what it means for the county."

Also discussed was the county's right-to-farm resolution. Possible adoption of a right-to-farm ordinance has been discussed.

Personnel matters at the county attorney's office were discussed in the closed door session.

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