At the May 15 meeting of the Grand County Council, the council agreed to send a letter to the City of Moab to express the county’s continued interest in shared community services.
“While we currently share services and functions as a community through interlocal agreements, the opportunity to further evaluate our current construct and seek out further arrangements is of significant interest to Grand County,” the letter says.
The letter comes after the city has been considering creating a building inspector position.
Council Vice-Chair Curtis Wells drafted the letter. Wells said that in 2017 talks with the city, the two governments discussed doing a joint efficiency study. That study never came to fruition but the city began their own internal financial analysis and forecasting processes.
“They are a municipality and we’re a subdivision of the state but we’re in the same sandbox and we need to play well together. That includes making sure that we’re all doing our part and when we start to pull away from each other in circumstances like this with the building department, the taxpayers end up paying twice for the same service often,” Wells said. “I drafted this [letter] to send this to them to remind them that [the county is] still interested in evaluating those opportunities. Maybe we’ve shifted away from doing that joint study... [this is] just to send them a polite reminder that this is a value that we have, it’s something that they should consider.”
Wells added at the council meeting that if the city has some issue with the services they share with the county, he hoped they would communicate that to the county.
“If there’s an issue with a service that they’re paying for with the county in terms of accountability or the quality of service, that’s part of our partnership is communicating and I just want to invite them to communicate that and help us understand how we can improve that service as opposed to parting ways,” Wells said.