Board of County Commissioners Policy Directives 2018


The following is a compilation of the policy directives, strategies and priorities of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for the calendar year 2018. The list reflects key priorities identified by the BOCC throughout the public hearings in consideration of the 2018 Adopted Budget. These are in addition to the annual processes, initiatives, work plans, and programs currently underway and day-to-day operations and services provided to the community. These straightforward goals are the core of a dynamic strategic planning process, which is adaptive and will be ongoing throughout 2018.

Infrastructure and Investment
  • Continue to execute the 10-year Master Plan for the Garfield County Airport including the completion of a snow removal equipment facility and fog sealed runway and taxiway ramp.
  • Improve the County's road and bridge system through construction, asphalt projects and utilization of the department's maintenance capabilities with seven asphalt and two bridge/arch culvert projects scheduled in 2018.
  • Realize the vision of maximizing the Garfield County Fairgrounds as a year-round events center with capital investments including a covered area for fairgrounds equipment, LED lighting for the outdoor arena, and replacement of the Fairground's sound system.
  • Improve the County's regional communications network infrastructure by installing replacement communications towers at Sunlight and Lookout Mountain.
  • Implement a broadband wireless improvement project for rural areas of Garfield County and consider opportunities for Middle Mile partnerships.
  • Further develop the County's Landfill as an enterprise fund by advancing capital projects including the purchase of a grinder and roller; market and further develop the Landfill's PCS Treatment Facility; and increase additional capacity for septage.
Health and Human Services
  • Air quality monitoring workgroup to continue to collaborate with CDPHE, and monitor air quality during the Battlement Mesa PUD drilling through to its completion.
  • Support the aging population through Garfield County's senior services and community health programs, and through decisions on land use, transportation, housing, economic development and health care.
  • Advance the Human Services regional training center for child welfare, economic security, and other services in Rifle, CO through expansion, in collaboration with CDHS and counties of northwest Colorado, of the number/types of training offerings and counties served.
  • Promote community health and prevent disease by providing quality services, non-profit grants, fulfilling State grants and through collaboration and partnerships.
  • Support local non-profits through the Human Service Commission and Garfield County Healthy Communities Coalition.
  • Implement the pretrial services program through the Community Corrections Department.
Organizational, Core and Internal Services
  • Promote the County's mission to deliver quality services to the Citizens of Garfield County through professional development opportunities to cultivate county employees and the administrative management team.
  • Promote a culture of safety and advance the County's Risk Management activities.
  • Ensure the fiscal sustainability of County operations by maintaining a balanced budget and operating within it, and by developing long-term financial strategies and plans to prepare for anticipated oil and gas property tax fluctuations in 2018 and beyond.
  • Commitment to making Garfield County the employer of choice in the region through continued engagement of employees on competitive pay and benefits; professional development and targeted training; hosting the Annual Service Awards and the annual Employee Appreciation Picnic; County Pages; intranet upgrades; and continuing to support the Garfield County Wellness Plan.
  • Continue to upgrade and maintain the motor pool and equipment fleet with the purchase of three tractors/dozers, two plow trucks, seven sheriff vehicles and three fleet vehicles.
  • Continue to maintain and upgrade IT and computer equipment including replacing network switches and data storage upgrades.
Community Outreach and Transparency
  • Commitment to close partnerships and good communication with the cities, towns, and communities within its borders through intergovernmental agreements, joint meetings, town halls, and quarterly meetings with mayors and managers.
  • Increase transparency and improve community relations by providing improved Citizen access to meetings, information and services through enhanced communications, and the expansion of website-based services including broadcasting of meetings on local access TV.
  • Complete and improve the updated County's website.
  • Highlight County activities, decisions, proclamations, awards and events through press releases, public service announcements and other media forms.
  • Provide increased focus and attention on the Battlement Mesa PUD drilling activity and host the sixth annual Energy and Environment Symposium.
Economic Development
  • Promote economic development around the Garfield County Airport to leverage opportunities such as the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control), the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit (UCR), the SEAT base, and general aviation activities.
  • Implement a wireless broadband system and consider partnership opportunities to expand Middle Mile and Last Mile broadband services in Garfield County.
  • Protect Garfield County and Western Slope water rights through facilitation of a semi-annual Garfield County Water Forum, and increase Board involvement on statewide and regional water issues including the Colorado River Basin Roundtable and the Colorado River Water Conservation District.
  • Collaborate with the Federal, State and other county governments to lower health insurance costs in Garfield County and on the Western Slope of Colorado.
  • Prioritize economic development through capital projects, policies, programs and collaboration including working with AGNC on the federal Economic Development District and the State of Colorado Small Business Development Center.
  • Facilitate the Garfield County Economic Development Partners including business outreach and hosting the business and economic development breakfast roundtables.
  • Showcase the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo as a premiere event for the Western Slope with premier talent, events and carnival.
  • Participate in community discussions on affordable and attainable housing through policies, programs, collaboration and participation in the Roaring Fork - Colorado River Valley housing assessment.
  • Maximize natural resource opportunities in the Piceance Basin through active collaboration with industry, Federal, State and local governments with specific support for the development of the Jordan Cove project (LNG export facility) located at Coos Bay, OR.
  • Support the agriculture industry through policies, decisions and programs on land use, noxious weeds, farm-to-table programs, water policies, educational programs, partnerships and through collaboration, funding and cost sharing programs with NRCS.
  • Support tourism and improve the quality of life and health through building and improving trails and roads for bikes and pedestrians through capital projects, Conservation Trust Fund grants and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corp program.
Federal and State Policy Agenda
  • Continue to research and record, for the purposes of preserving historic access to public lands, historical right of ways and County roads within Garfield County and through federal legislation bringing RS 2477 to resolution.
  • Advance the interests of the County through leadership and active representation in the National Association of Counties, the Western Interstate Region, Colorado Counties, Inc., Club 20, and the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado.
  • Advocate the sustainability of the Federal PILT, severance tax, Federal mineral lease and SRS funding programs.
  • Advocate for the Anvil Points trust fund for direct distribution to northwest Colorado.
  • Continue to actively coordinate with the Department of Interior and BLM regarding the SEIS of the Greater Sage Grouse Resource Management Plans including a specific goal of improving the statewide Greater Sage Grouse habitat map through the efforts of AGNC and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
  • Strengthen local interests and access on public lands by participating in Federal planning and environmental reviews and related processes including BLM planning rules and the BLM Northwest Colo RAC.
  • Develop the Garfield County Federal Lands-Policy Coordination Plan which contains designation and policies regarding multiple use, access, recreation, agriculture, wildlife and natural resources on public lands.
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