Commissioners focus on grants, board appointments

Uinta County Commissioners Craig Welling and Mark Anderson get an update on an agreement with the State Loan and Investment Board for funding for the livestock pens at the fairgrounds. (HERALD PHOTO/Sheila McGuire)

EVANSTON — The Uinta County Commissioners primarily focused on additional board appointments and grant agreements at the Tuesday, March 19, regular meeting. Alma Harmon was appointed to a three-year term on the Uinta County Economic Development Commission and Charlotte Black was appointed to a three-year term on the Bridger Valley Heritage Museum Board. 

Eric Williams with Uinta County Youth Services requested an amendment to a grant agreement with Volunteers of America that provides funding to the youth services program. Williams said the amendment would make two changes, including a time extension and the addition of a quarterly report. 

The end date would be changed from March 31, 2019, to June 30, 2019, necessitating the addition of an extra quarterly report. Williams said the change was largely precipitated by the federal government shutdown, which resulted in program delays. Commissioners approved the amendment. 

Uinta County Sheriff Doug Matthews requested approval of a DCI funding agreement for a sheriff’s officer to serve as a DCI Task Force Officer. The funding agreement would pay for 100 percent reimbursement of that officer’s salary, overtime pay, benefits, a state-provided vehicle and more. Matthews said the 100-percent funding, which has not been available in recent years, is a welcome change. That request was approved.

Uinta County Clerk Amanda Hutchinson provided an update on a mosquito control grant. Hutchinson said the county would be asking for the same amount of funding as last year, which is $211,664, with half of that being a county match. If the grant is awarded it will then be presented to commissioners for approval. 

Hutchinson also requested commissioners sign an agreement with the State Loan and Investment Board for $33,755 to be used toward new livestock pens at the Uinta County Fairgrounds. Commissioners are required to sign the agreement and return it to SLIB for additional signatures. Once all the signatures are in place, the contract will then be presented to commissioners again for final approval. 

At the end of the meeting, family members of commission chair Eric South surprised him with a birthday visit and treats for those present. The meeting was adjourned following approval of the minutes and vouchers for bill payments.

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