Board of County Commissioners Policy Directives 2019


The following is a compilation of the policy directives, strategies and priorities of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for the calendar year 2019 that promote the County's mission to deliver quality services to the Citizens of Garfield County. The list reflects key priorities identified by the BOCC throughout the public hearings in consideration of the 2019 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 2019.

Infrastructure and Investment
  • Continue to execute the 10-year Master Plan for the Garfield County Airport as a general aviation airport that includes the construction of an unmanned aerial vehicle facility in 2019.
  • Improve the County's road and bridge system including design and replacement of the Sweetwater Bridge, paving 16 miles of County road, chipseal 22 miles of County road and Battlement Mesa drainage infrastructure enhancements.
  • Maximize the Garfield County Fairgrounds as a year-round events center with capital investments including LED lighting in the North Hall and WiFi installation throughout the facility.
  • 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 that connect to Last Mile services.
  • Further develop the County's Landfill as an enterprise fund by advancing capital projects including the scalehouse relocation, an increase in additional capacity for septage, and completing the wastewater treatment facility feasibility study.
Health and Human Services
  • 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 utilization of the Rifle Human Services regional training center and support local non-profits through the Human Services Commission.
  • Promote community health and prevent disease by providing quality services; non-profit grants; fulfilling State grants; and through collaboration and partnerships including Garfield County Healthy Communities Coalition.
  • Provide additional support for Community Corrections at the State level.
  • Continue to monitor Battlement Mesa PUD drilling activity and associated mitigation.
  • Continue air quality monitoring around Phase II of natural gas drilling and completions activities in the Battlement Mesa PUD and compile a comprehensive data report for Phase I.
Organizational, Core and Internal Services
  • 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.
  • 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 revenue forecasts and financial strategies for the County's organizational structure and Five Year Capital Improvement Plan
  • Continue to upgrade and maintain the motor pool fleet vehicles and heavy equipment for safety and reliability purposes, and conduct a process efficiency and cost savings feasibility study.
  • Advance IT cyber security, network infrastructure and data storage, maintain computer equipment and replacements, and pursue the development of a strategic plan.
Community Outreach and Transparency
  • Commitment to 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 access to meetings, information and services
  • Launch the new and improved County website.
  • Highlight County activities, decisions, proclamations, awards and events through press releases, public service announcements and other media forms.
  • Continue to support the mission of the Energy Advisory Board and host the 7 th Annual Energy 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, and support the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, SEAT base, and general aviation activities including the construction of an unmanned aerial vehicle facility in 2019
  • Implement a wireless broadband system and consider partnership opportunities to expand Middle Mile and Last Mile broadband services throughout the region
  • 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 Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) on the federal Economic Development District and Garfield County economic development 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 National Resource Conservation Services.
  • Support tourism and improve the quality of life and health through building and improving trails and roads for bikes and pedestrians through partnerships, 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, policy development and active representation in the National Association of Counties (WIR), 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 Secure Rural Schools 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.
  • 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.
  • Work with the Governor and State Legislature on local issues to benefit the Western Slope.
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