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Grand County gets more time to review Draft EIS for Moffat Firming Project

The Moffat Firming Project is the next major water project coming down the pipe in Grand County in which Denver Water proposes to divert additional water through the Moffat Tunnel from the Fraser and Williams Fork rivers.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Moffat Collection System Project has been in Grand County’s hands since Nov. 7.

Shortly after its receipt, Grand County sought an extension on the preliminary review period due the coinciding review period for the Draft EIS of the Windy Gap Firming Project.

In light of this and the complexity of the document, the Army Corps of Engineers regulatory office in Omaha agreed to extend the Moffat comment period by 45 days. The original deadline was Dec. 10, now extended to Jan. 24.

The Moffat project’s preliminary draft EIS is not available to the public and is limited to review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and Grand County until the draft EIS public comment period begins.

Grand County adopts budget

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Grand County adopted its $55.8 million 2009 budget on Tuesday.

The budget reflects a $10 million pay-off of the Grand County Judicial building if commissioners choose to do so in the upcoming year.

In light of the less-than stable economy, the county has directed department heads to hold off on capital expenditures until at least next May, according to County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran.

Total budgeted property taxes for 2009 total $12.7 million at 15.155 mills.

Underbrink Curran clarified that 2 out of the 15.155 mills are devoted to Grand County Emergency Medical Services.

Grand County Housing Authority expenditures for administration, Silver Spruce Apartments, Grand Living Senior Homes and the Cliffview Assisted Living Center total $1,431,954, with revenues $1,439,927. Cliffview Assisted Living Center is the greatest chunk of the Housing Authority pie, with $630,249 budgeted in 2009, followed by administration costs of $414,570 and Silver Spruce and Grand Living expenditures split nearly evenly at $189, 804 and $188,331 respectively.

Total Grand County Tourism Board budgeted expenditures are $443,500 with equally budgeted revenues.

The budgeted expenditures for the emergency telephone service authority, or 911, total $830,079.

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