Board loses one

Stahoviak to step down from Energy Impact advisory committee

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Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is stepping down from the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Advisory Committee.

Stahoviak has served on the committee for 12 years.

"It is time for me to step down," Stahoviak said. "It has been one of the most important committees I served on simply because of our relationship in Routt County to the coal-mining industry."

Stahoviak is one of five elected officials who are appointed to the seven-member board. Representatives from the energy industry and state departments of transportation, education and natural resources fill the remaining spots.

The governor appoints the representatives, and interested city and county officials apply for spots on the board.

The advisory board provides recommendations to the Department of Local Affairs about projects requesting Ener--gy and Mineral Impact Assistance grant funding. The department makes final decisions about the projects.

The Energy Impact Assistance program receives funds from taxes on energy and mineral production and royalties from mining and drilling on federal land. It supports communities affected by energy and mining industries.

Stahoviak fell seriously ill in 2003 and has attended most of the county commissioners' meetings by phone since. But last week, Stahoviak attended a county commissioner meeting in person for the first time in 18 months.

She plans to attend the Ener--gy Impact hearings today and Thursday in Steamboat Springs.

The board will review grant applications from across the state during the meeting. Applicants statewide have requested $19 million in funding from the Energy Impact Assistance program to help with $49 million in projects.

Three of the applications are from Routt County.

Oak Creek Fire Protection District requested a $230,000 grant to help pay for a new fire engine.

Steamboat Lake and Sanitation District is asking for a $500,000 grant and a $270,000 loan to complete the second phase of upgrading the district's wastewater treatment plant.

And the town of Oak Creek applied for a $70,000 grant to help add second-floor access and parking to the South Routt Community Center.

This spring, the county prioritization meeting was held. Top ranking was given to the Oak Creek Fire Protection District. Steamboat Lake and Sanitation District's request was given second priority, and the application for the South Routt Community Center was given third priority.

"They are three important and valuable projects," Stahoviak said. "My feeling is Routt County has enough energy and mineral development for all the applications."

Five more applications are from Moffat County, Stahoviak said.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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