County talking overweight permits
Yuma County Commissioners Dean Wingfield, Trent Bushner, and Robin Wiley met May 31, for the end of month regular meeting. Kara Hoover and staff met with the Commissioners in a Human Services Meeting.
In the Child Welfare Report Hollie Hillman reported that there are currently seven children in out-of-home placement. The 14 reports for the month brings the year through April total to 66, somewhat below 95 at this time in 2018 and 70 in 2017. The Commissioners approved CORE contracts with Baby Bear Hugs Community Safety 1st, Field of Opportunity, Jennifer Higgins, NuLeaf Counseling, Renee Ruhlman, and the WRAC. A Signal Contract was signed with Centennial Mental Health.
Hoover reported that agreements have been made to move the Yuma Office to a new, more accessible location, just west of the reception desk in the current Yuma Municipal Building. There will be some remodeling of the space and hopefully they can be in the new office this summer.
J.R. Colden presented the Road & Bridge Report. Different locations were discussed for the possibility of exploring for road material.
Overweight permits were discussed. Colden explained that currently Colorado issues overweight permits and these trucks often need to travel on County Roads to reach their destination. He has added a permit to the R & B oversize vehicle permit, requiring these mostly commercial trucks, hauling mostly to grain facilities, feedlots, etc. to also purchase a County permit, to help with the upkeep to the extra damage to the county roads. Most of the Commercial haulers have been contacted and an educational campaign is ongoing.
CR 39, and some adjoining paved roads were chip-sealed last summer but there are some spots that need additional repairs. Colden had recommended an asphalt overlay on about one mile of the roads, but now feels an additional quarter mile needs to be overlayed. This work is expected to happen in 2020.
Following a Land Use Hearing, the Commissioners approved Exemptions From Subdivision Regulations for Collette Family Trust near Kirk, Gary Newton at Schramm, and for Brophy-Wilson Partnership south of Wray. Administrative permits were approved for several 25 kilowatt wind generators at various sites near Yuma and Vernon.
Sheriff Todd Combs and Jail Sergeant Joe Wells discussed the jail situation. They are nearly full staffed and plan to bring Yuma County prisoners being held in Washington County back in the next month. The existing control board in the jail is being replaced in June and prisoners won’t be moved until then. Wells also discussed agreements with neighboring counties to house their prisoners when the jail is running at full speed.
The Commissioners approved a liquor license renewal for Papa’s Bait Shop, near Idalia.
The next scheduled meeting for the Yuma County Commissioners will be June 14, at the Courthouse in Wray.