County OKs GRAMNET funds

$10,800 to come from general fund for administrative costs

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Garrett Wiggins voices his opinions about Routt County's funding options for the GRAMNET drug enforcement network at a meeting of the Routt County Board of Commissioners in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday. The commission voted, 2-1, in favor of giving the task force $10,800 for administrative costs.

— Despite losing the support of the Routt County Sheriff's Office, the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team received a boost in funding Tuesday after two county commissioners voted in favor of giving the drug task force $10,800 for administrative costs.

Garrett Wiggins, drug task force commander, along with officials from the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office asked the Routt County Board of Commissioners to approve a request that would have allowed the DA's Office to make the $10,800 contribution to GRAMNET budget.

After some discussion, county commissioners Nancy Stahoviak and Diane Mitsch Bush agreed it would be more appropriate to allocate the $10,800 from the county's 2008 general fund instead of re-routing the money through the DA's Office. In 2006, the DA's Office consolidated its GRAMNET contribution with the Sheriff's Office contribution to "ease the accounting."

District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said consolidating the contributions was probably not the best idea and that she still wanted to support GRAMNET with money from her budget.

"I totally and completely support GRAMNET," she said. "It's very important to support GRAMNET's work in (Moffat and Routt) counties to do away with our drug problem."

Two residents urged the commissioners to approve the funding request. There was no public opposition to the request.

In February, Sheriff Gary Wall withdrew Sheriff's Office support of GRAMNET, saying he couldn't support the tactics and policies of the drug task force.

County Commissioner Doug Monger voted against Stahoviak's motion, calling Wiggins' comments about the future of drug enforcement under Wall's administration in rural Routt County "arrogant" and "pompous."

Wall did not make any comment during Tuesday's meeting.

Stahoviak expressed her concern in balancing the need to support Wall's decision with the fact that residents living in Steamboat Springs and Hayden are served by GRAMNET since those police departments participate in the agency.

"What we have here is two different philosophies and mechanisms for drug enforcement that are both working in Routt County," Stahoviak said. "That's the way it is going to be because our sheriff has made a decision."

The $10,800 will come from the county's 2008 general fund's community services budget and will be used primary for administrative costs including the drug task force's financial manager's salary, travel, training and other expenses. The city of Craig, whose police department also contributes to GRAMNET, will act as the fiscal agent for the money and will send invoices to Routt County. That process will allow the county to be more accountable for how that money will be spent, Stahoviak said.

"We are the ones accountable for Routt County taxpayer money," Mitsch Bush said. "The buck stops with us."

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Comments

dundalk 7 years ago

Thank goodness Routt County has leveled headed commissioners to squelch the personal vendetta tactics of Wall, and to grant GRAMNET's request for monetary funding.

Interestingly Gary Wall apparently did not comment during the hearing. From reading his own words, quoted in the newspaper, when Wall does open the slit between his nose and chin, all that spews forth is a regurgitated pile of poo and nonsense.

WAY TO GO GRAMNET AND OFFICER GARRETT WIGGINS! THANK YOU COUNTY COMMISSIONERS!

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justice4all 7 years ago

Doug Monger, I really thought you to be smarter than that!! If I had known or even suspected that you did not want to combat drugs in any way possible you would not have gotten our families' votes and support for the last fews years!! You were the topic of discussion for 2 meals in a row. Needless you kept our appetites down and actually turned our stomachs. We had more confidence in you than that and obviously more than you deserve. You made it clear that you are afraid of loosing votes of the Democrats by supporting the idiotic , drug-loving,non-POST certified so-called sheriff. By the way, when are you going to require Wall to get his POST? Doug, stop playing politics and support law enforcement. When a drug problem comes to your house or affects you in a personal way you might look back and realize that you made a mistake.

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fish 7 years ago

Glad to see your still here davinci.

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whyquestion 7 years ago

wiggins has just taken over this important job lets see what he can do.....isn't it interesting that monger is against grammnet????? where is he coming from???? maybe stoned wall jaclson didn't have any comment because there are no civil rights violations by this group. the only court case the sheriff mentioned grammet was cleared .....whats this rumor about stoned wall jackson canciling the dare and elder watch programs???? are he and bustos certfied yet ????? have they taken their psycho tests yet???? who are their minions???? are they connected to the new owners of the mountain????

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katrinkakelly 7 years ago

Thank you Doug Monger for not being persuded by a few people with an agenda against our sheriff. The Gramnuts got a little more money to waste with GO AWAY WIGGINS! Maybe some more stolen construction equipment will be found and then Wig's can turn it into a GRAMNUT investigation. Did they ever confiscate any drugs out of that bust last year? I hate drugs and wasting our money fighting them.

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goldilocks 7 years ago

It is nice to see a bi-partisan agreement between Stahoviak and Mitsch-Bush on this issue. Way to go guys!

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JQPUBLIC 7 years ago

I agree dundalk... and ah...so many rec users that still believe they are not part of the problem. About Wall... I believe I read he was going to the meeting to protest the spending and then when he got there he kept his mouth shut. What's up with that, not enough of his supporters in the audience to warrant grandstanding? Commissioner Monger... if you want the true definition of "arrogant" and "pompous" take a close look at the "unqualified" sheriff Wall!

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whyquestion 7 years ago

thank you county commissioners!!!!!!! N.S. knows how important grammnet is there was a meth bust next to her house in oc righr????? does the steamboat pirate have walls name right STONED WALL JACKSON???? when will the sheriff have his drug program up and running????

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dundalk 7 years ago

whyquestion: A deputy from the S.O. has stated that Bustos did take the POST test and passed. This source is reliable and in the higher ranks at the S.O. (I was shocked to hear it). However, there was no mention of the running of a mile, physical part of the testing, or how Bustos did in the shooting facet of the employment process.

Still no accurate guesses as to whether or not Wall has taken the test, passed the psych, done the running, shooting etc which is required of all the deputies he is in charge of.

Three recent hirees at the S.O. did not get past the SSPD's rigorous testing phases. Let's just say Freudian aspects could be deciphered from the recent hirees.

One has to presume that if Wall had taken the POST test, and passed, he'd be pompously ranting to us with another round of grandstanding, pontificating and nausea.

Did the newspaper write that Wall also wasn't keen on supporting RCSAR?

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whyquestion 7 years ago

dundalk thanks for the info!!! wonder if the pilot would do a story on stoned wall jackson s new drug program????? they sure aren't reporting what happened at the yampa board mtg they were on the agenda ????wonder if the sheriff will show up at the oc auditors mtg 4/5/2007 today at 5:30 to defend" deficit cargo" afterall she nominated him?????why does oc always get it self in such messes????

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