County budget process slowed


— Routt County officials are scrambling to come up with a budget proposal for 2001.

"We're way behind," said county Finance Director Dan Strnad.

Strnad attributed a turnover in county staff to the back-up that various departments are dealing with.

"I've had a 100 percent turnover in the accounting staff not including myself," he said.

The problem of filling positions is persistent in almost all departments from managers to administrative assistants.

This week, the county commissioners went over the budget requests from each department. The commissioners spent Thursday running numbers from various departments including the Road and Bridge Department which accounted for a third of the county budget in 2000.

Commissioners are required to have a completed budget for public hearings by the middle of November.

In other action

Also this week, the Board of County Commissioners:

l signed a resolution appointing trustees to the South Routt Library District;

l approved a $2,300 contribution for activities related to the governor's visit;

l tabled consideration of a resolution authorizing the acquisition of the Visiting Nurse Association building in downtown Steamboat Springs;

l held a luncheon with representatives from local school districts, Colorado Mountain College and Colorado Northern Community College;

l awarded $14,657.00 in a contract to Pearson Communications to put in repeaters on road and bridge's mountain communication system;

l awarded $5,690.00 contract to RJE International for a pneumatic aircraft skin penetrating nozzle;

l authorized amendment to the engineering agreement for additional work on the taxi way rehabilitation project;

l awarded $120,000 runway fog seal contract;

l awarded $49,000 concrete joint seal contract;

l approved renaming of County Road 4-B to "Table Rock Road" since it is now in private hands;

l approved minor development subdivision off Buffalo Pass Road. Four units will be built on 150 acres, with 123 acres being set aside as open space. The Petrie Partnership Limited plan was approved on condition that the property owners allow the annual Spring Creek Trail Race to continue through their property;

l approved Adamo family replat of lots 179-185 in Steamboat Lake Subdivision into one parcel of 5.02 acres.


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