February 16, 2021, County Commissioner meeting highlights

• Delta County Environmental Health Director, Greg Rajnowski, told Commissioners that federal, state and local officials are in the process of developing a “vaccine portal” to report the number of vaccines being delivered and administered in the state. He hopes to see this online resource very soon. Rajnowski also told Commissioners that the county’s health department is struggling with vaccine appointment cancellations because some residents are receiving the inoculation elsewhere. The department has brought on Care MD to improve the appointment process.
Commissioners asked Rajnowski whether the department intended to vaccinate area teachers. Rajnowski told Commissioners that the department is currently focusing on the 70-and-older population and will move on to other prioritized groups once they complete this phase.
• Commissioners awarded a $470,000 contractor bid to Stryker and Company to remodel the county courthouse and accommodate expanded courtroom facilities. The Montrose-based firm is the same company that constructed the new Human Services building located behind the current courthouse. While not the lowest of four bidders, Stryker’s estimate was within $1,000 of the others and “…many of Styker’s employees live in Delta County,” said project manager, Commissioner Don Suppes. The county will use $276,000 in grant funds awarded to the county from the Colorado Underfunded Courthouse Facility Commission.
• Commissioners selected members of the new Board of Adjustments as mandated in the recently adapted Land-Use Code. They also selected members to fill expiring seats in the Delta County Planning Commission:
Appointees to the Board of Adjustment:
District #1 Mike Twamley 3-YEAR TERM (also a member of the Planning Commission)
District #2 Brett Hilling 2-YEAR TERM
District #3 Mark Roeber 1-YEAR TERM
Appointees to the Delta County Planning Commission:
* District #1 Steve Schrock
* District #2 Tate Locke
* District #3 Tom Kay
All are 3-Year terms ending in 2024
• Commissioners agreed to contribute $20,000/year for the next three years to The Nature Connection as part of a “Generation Wild” initiative to get local kids and their families active outdoors. For more about The Nature Connection and its plans, visit their website.