Congressional offices to visit San Juan County
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by Trudy De Angelis

A field trip to Hatch Point for San Juan Commissioners and other county personnel is scheduled on August 8 to consider the feasibility of turning federal land to the state.

House Bill 148 was signed into law by Utah Governor Gary Hebert in 2012 and is currently being challenged in the courts.

Attending the field trip will be staff members from the offices of Herbert and of Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz. The local field manager for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is also invited. Following the field trip is an open house at 5 p.m. in the commission chambers in Monticello.

In other matters discussed at the August 5 meeting of the San Juan County Commission, County Planner Nick Sandberg said permits for the 2013 San Juan ATV Safari have been submitted to the BLM. The plan asks for ten miles of new routes in six different places.

The BLM has responded that this is not in their travel plan and they cannot do it in 2013. They will look into it and have it ready for the 2014 event.

One proposed route was to avoid travel on the highway and another route was to avoid travel over private property. The San Juan ATV Safari is in September.

Commissioner Kenneth Maryboy asked for a resolution from the county to support a Utah Northern Agency in the Navajo Nation. This would separate the northern part of the Navajo Nation, mostly in Utah, from other parts of Navajo Nation. Maryboy said it would make reservation governance much easier for residents and for San Juan County.

A lot of mud has washed across the roads after heavy rain in the southern part of the county. It was reported that the mud across Highway 191 south of Bluff is about three feet high.

County and state road departments responded to push the mud from the highway. There has also been flooding in Lisbon Valley, Dry Valley and Gypsum Wash.

Commissioners signed a letter to the BLM on the oil and gas parcels listed for a lease sale in February 2014. There are roughly 59 deferred lease sales on the list. Every year, the backlog of deferred parcels is growing and the BLM has not handled any of the old deferred parcels.

Commissioners said that this is negatively impacting property tax revenue for San Juan County and impacts employment opportunities for area residents.

The commissioners also signed a letter to the US Forest Service supporting the proposed expansion of Dry Wash Reservoir.

Kelly Bleggi is promoted from light equipment operator to heavy equipment operator. Dianne Eddington is moving from part-time to full time.

Two full time employees have left after Lois Scheer retired from the assessor’s office and Dawn Shaw resigned from the clerk’s office. Dianne Eddington is hired part-time in the clerk’s office and part-time in the assessor’s office.

A $325,918 contract was signed for the county aging program. This is a five percent decrease due to federal sequestration. A contract was signed with Guardian Angel in-home health, a new agency with an office in Monticello. The County is waiting on contracts with Rocky Mountain Health and Right at Home Care from state and federal funds. Patients may choose which company they deal with.

Also signed was a request for grant funding from the Department of Health for chronic disease self management programs.

The recorder’s office requested a large plat copier/scanner and stand for plats and subdivisions to replace old equipment.

Building permits are issued for a storage/workshop in Bluff, a house in Spanish Valley; a house in La Sal; and an expansion to the medical clinic in Montezuma Creek.

A $4,344 extension to a mineral lease on county-owned property was granted to Walcott LLC.
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