Phillips County commissioners have adopted a six-month moratorium on the processing of permits related to the construction of any wind farm system or facility within the county.
The moratorium began Oct. 19 and will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2022, unless the commissioners find the six-month period too brief or too long, at which point it can be shortened or extended.
In the resolution, the commissioners acknowledged that they support harmonized development of commercial projects in Phillips County and that the development of wind farm facilities and operations could potentially create development that is not harmonious with adjacent land uses.
In order to protect and preserve the environment and the public health, safety and welfare of Phillips County and its citizens, the commissioners noted that it is in the county’s best interest to study and incorporate zoning requirements pertaining to wind farm operations and facilities within the county.
The temporary moratorium will allow the county sufficient time to review, study, hold public hearings and prepare to adopt amendments to zoning requirements, if necessary.
Commissioners reported this and other activities in the month of October at their end-of-month meeting Friday, Oct. 29.
County approves opioid documentation
At their Oct. 19 meeting, commissioners approved the signing of opioid settlement documentation. The Colorado opioid settlement memorandum of understanding, the Janssen opioid settlement participation form, the distribution opioid settlement participation form and the local government opioid escrow agreement were all approved.
For the distribution of opioid settlement funds, Phillips County is part of 10-county Region 4, which also includes Sedgwick, Logan, Yuma, Washington, Morgan, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Elbert and Cheyenne counties.
The first official Region 4 meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4, where the composition of the region’s board may be decided.
Fair receives grant
In September, the Phillips County Fair board requested an ag stimulus grant through the state, which has set aside money for county fairs and other agricultural events. Phillips County Fair was approved for a $46,184 grant in late October.
Fair board president Kayla Kafka said the board has not yet met to discuss how the money will specifically be used.
Commissioners approved numerous purchases last month, some of which will be made using American Recovery Plan Act funds. The purchases approved using ARPA funds are:
— Three PolarCool fans with covers for the Bank of Colorado Pavilion for $7,736.95.
— A 2021 John Deere 4044R tractor from 21st Century Equipment LLC for $39,370 and two snow pusher attachments from Central Plains Equipment for $2,995.
— A Land Pride FDR25 finish mower for $4,387.22 from Central Plains Equipment.
Purchases approved using funds other than ARPA include:
— A 2022 Caterpillar Model 140LVR motor grader for $270,140, less $54,000 allowed for the trade-in of a 2004 Caterpillar 140H, for a net purchase price of $216,140 to be taken out of the 2022 road and bridge budget.
— A 2023 Peterbilt 389 tractor for $145,750.75 to be taken out of the 2022 road and bridge budget.
— An HP Envy for $1,370, a Fujitsu ScanSnap portable scanner for $374 and an HP OfficeJet portable color printer for $397 from Printers Paper and More for the Phillips County Veterans Service Office.
— The replacement of 12 windows and the glass in one door at Phillips County Event Center by Cornhusker Glass Inc. for $3,048.84. The purchase has been approved, but the replacement work has not been done yet.
— The renewal quote from ESRI for mapping software for the Phillips County Assessor’s office for $1,900.
— The contract between Great Copier Service and the assessor and treasurer offices in the amount of $0.127 per copy and a minimum of $38.20 per quarter.
In other business last month, commissioners:
— Agreed to provide 50 loads of fill dirt to the city of Holyoke for its new fire station project. The county will purchase the material and haul it.
— Allowed Gary Kumm 10 free loads at Phillips County Landfill for the cleanup of his property after his house fire.
— Approved a subdivision exemption for Kathy Olofson for the sale of approximately 13.74 acres located north of Holyoke to a buyer to be determined.
— Approved the request from Director of Human Services Lori Lundgren to hire Toni Strasser as an income maintenance technician.
— Approved the tavern license submitted by Ricos Dogs LLC dba Blisties.
— Appointed Troy Kinoshita to the Comm Board.
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