HIGHLIGHTS, January 22, 2020, County Commissioner meeting

  • Commissioners approved a request by County Clerk and Recorder, Teri Stephenson, to file an Electronic Recording Technology Board Grant request in the amount of $28,000 for the purchase of a marriage license, document preservation and recovery kiosk. The system would allow residents to file and find some documents on their own, streamlining processes in the clerk’s office.


  • County GIS (mapping) Manager, Carrie Derco, updated Commissioners on current mapping projects. The county maintains four interactive locator maps detailing property information, registered sex offender addresses, well-water quality, and flood hazard areas. Visit http://www.deltacounty.com/13/GIS to access the maps.


  • Commissioners reappointed three existing County Planning Commissioners whose terms expired in 2019 to another two-year term. Steve Shea will continue to represent District 1; Layne Brones, District 2; and Jacob Gray, District 3.


  • Commissioners appointed Jason Atchley, Delta; Wilma Erven, Delta; Lionel Atwill, at large; Art Wisehart, at large; and Judy Davies, at large to the Delta County Tourism Board.


  • Commissioners awarded a $50,000 bid for the Opportunity Zone Community Prospectus to Thomas P. Miller and Associates of Indianapolis. County Community Development Director, Elyse Casselberry explained that three proposals were received through the Request for Proposal process for the Opportunity Zone Prospectus. She told Commissioners that the county had received a grant from Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for $25,000.00 and that those funds would go towards this project. Other funding will come from Delta County Economic Development (DCED, the City of Delta, the Town of Paonia and Uncompahgre Development. The intent is to create a set of marketing tools to promote the opportunity zones that have been designated by the federal government in Delta County. There are two located in the City of Delta and one in the North Fork.


  • Commissioners signed a resolution against the reintroduction of the gray wolf into Colorado. Initiative 107, which is a measure that will appear on the 2020 ballot, would require the state to “develop a plan to restore and manage gray wolves in Colorado, using the best scientific data available,” and begin implementing that plan by Dec. 31, 2023. Opponents, including Delta County Commissioners and the Colorado Farm Bureau, claim that reintroduction is unnecessary since wolves have reportedly already been spotted migrating into the state from surrounding states where healthy populations already exist.