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    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

    TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 1993   

                          PUBLIC WORKS STANDING MEETING 
                                  (#240 & #241) 

    The  Board  of  County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. in regular session
    with  Rex Smith, Director of Public Works.  Chairman Hotchkiss presided;
    Commissioners Disney and Duvall were present.  Also present were: Elaine
    Spencer,  Manager  Engineering Operations & Planning; Ross Shaw, Manager
    Design  and  Construction  Engineering;  Rex Burns, Improvement District
    Administrator;  and Bill Gordon, County Administrator.  Recording Clerk,
    S. Graves.  

    1.   U.S.  287/STATE  HIGHWAY 14 BY PASS:  Mr. Smith was notified by the
    Fort  Collins  Transportation Director, Rick Ensdorf, that the Northeast
    Transportation  Study  Group  is  recommendeding that the U.S. 287/State
    Highway 14 Bypass turn north on Lemay Avenue from Highway 14, go east of
    Andersonville,  north  on  Vine Drive, and enter College Avenue north of
    the  Poudre  River.   The   Fort  Collins City Council has rejected this
    recommendation  and  is  suggesting improvement of the existing corridor
    and  to continue looking at a long-term solution bypass north of Douglas
    Road.   After discussion, the Board concurred that Mr. Smith should work
    with  the  Upper Front Range Regional Transportation Planning Commission
    in  further  study  of  other  alternatives for a bypass of U.S. 287 and
    State Highway 14.   

    2.   ENGINEERING  DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW: Ms. Spencer and Mr. Shaw provided
    an  overview  of  the  Engineering  Department  including  its  mission,
    organization,  major  programs,  and  method  of  operation.   Mr. Burns
    reviewed  the  Improvement District Administration and noted they are in
    the  process  of re-hiring a bond attorney because the scope of services
    has  changed dramatically due to the passage of Amendment #1.  Mr. Burns
    also  noted  that  voter  approval  will  be sought this fall on several
    specific  assessment  bond  issues.  Mr. Shaw discussed important issues
    for  the  Department  and  indicated  a  need  in  the  future  for  the
    installation  of  a Local Area Network Computer System and a County-wide
    Geographic  Information System.  It was also noted that two issues which
    need  to  be  reviewed  at  a  later  date with the Board are the County
    hearing  process  and  the  issue  of  no  increased  revenues  for road
    maintenance  for  newly  approved  subdivisions  and special improvement
    districts which are brought up to County standards. 

    3.   UPDATE  ON  DRY  GULCH  ROAD  RESTORATION: Following a meeting with
    representatives from Honda to discuss the restoration of Dry Gulch Road,
    Mr.  Smith  agreed  to  ask the Board if they will appropriate monies to
    cover  a  portion  of  the  cost since the newly paved road will be much
    improved over the previous road.  Chairman Hotchkiss stated we should do
    what  is  right; and if we get a better road than before, we should help
    out.   CONSENSUS  OF THE BOARD was to approve the expenditure of $25,000
    for  our  share  of  the restoration of the Dry Gulch Road; monies to be
    appropriated from the 1992 carry-over funds.

    The meeting recessed at 10:30 a.m.  
  
                               ABATEMENT HEARINGS   
                                  (#241 @ 300)  

    The  Board  of County Commissioners reconvened at 10:50 a.m. to consider
    several   petitions   for   abatement.    Chairman  Hotchkiss  presided;
    Commissioners  Disney  and Duvall were present.  Also present were Carla
    Cowling  and  Bonnie  Swartz, Senior Appraisers; and Bill Gordon, County
    Administrator.  Recording Clerk, S. Graves. 

    1.  GLEN HAVEN INN:  The petitioner, Sheila Sellers, was not present for
    today's hearing.  Ms. Cowling noted that the petitioner is requesting an
    abatement  because  much of the equipment being assessed has either been
    stolen  or  is  no  longer  in use.  Ms. Cowling stated that declaration
    schedules  were  sent out in 1990 and 1991 and were not returned.  A 25%
    penalty  was applied and no protest was made by the owner.  In September
    1992,  a  physical  audit  was  conducted  and  the  value  was lowered.
    Pursuant to C.R.S. 39-5-118, the Assessor is recommending denial because
    the  declaration  schedule  was  not  completed  and  returned  prior to
    determination of such value for 1990 and 1991.  

    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner  Disney  moved  that  the  Board concur with the Assessor's
    recommendation  and  deny  the request for Abatement for Glen Haven Inn.

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   

    2.   FITNESS  PLUS:   The  petitioner, Craig TeMaat, was not present for
    today's  hearing.   Ms. Cowling noted that no declaration schedules were
    filed  in  1990 and 1991.  Values were carried over from prior years and
    in  addition,  25%  failure to file penalties were assessed.  Notices of
    the  values  were  mailed  to  the  business  and no protests were made.
    Therefore,  the  Assessor  recommends  denial  for these two years.  For
    1992,  the  correct  information  was submitted by the petitioner and is
    correctable by abatement; therefore, the Assessor recommends approval of
    an abatement for 1992.  

    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board concur with the recommendations
    of the Assessor's Office and deny the request for abatement for 1990 and
    1991 and approve the request for abatement for 1992.

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   

    3.  AAA OPTICAL:  The petitioner, Ms. Lucille Fichthorn, was not present
    for  today's  hearing.   Ms. Cowling stated that the Assessor recommends
    denial  of  this  request  for  abatement  as  repeated  attempts by the
    Assessor's  Office  have failed to produce an itemized list of equipment
    with  acquisition  dates  and  costs.   A comparable was used to place a
    value;  a  notice of value was sent to the petitioner and no protest was
    registered. 
    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner  Disney moved that the Board concur with the recommendation
    of  the  Assessor's  Office  and  deny the request for abatement for AAA
    Optical.

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   

    4.   THE  VETTE  SHOP:  Mr.  Cecil  Jacobs,  petitioner, was present for
    today's  hearing  and noted he started the Vette Shop on January 1, 1992
    and  did  not  own Silver Auto Sales in 1990 & 1991 and does not feel he
    owes  taxes  for  a company he did not own.  Ms. Swartz stated that even
    though  Mr.  Jacobs did not own the business before 1992, he did own the
    equipment;  the  business  was owned by his sons.  The Assessor's Office
    recommends  denial  because  a  declaration  schedule  was mailed to the
    business  and  was not filed; therefore, a notice of value was placed on
    the business and mailed to the petitioner and no protest was registered.

    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner  Duvall moved that the Board concur with the recommendation
    of  the  Assessor's  Office  and deny the Petition for Abatement for The
    Vette Shop. 

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   

    5.   GLEN  AND  ELAINE BEATTY:  The petitioner, Glen Beatty, was present
    for  today's  hearing and stated that when the property was purchased in
    1990,  the  taxes  were  $155.92; in 1991 the taxes were $587.42; and in
    1992  the taxes were $728.22; a 24% increase.  Mr. Beatty stated this is
    still  a piece of vacant land with no improvements.  Mr. Beatty believes
    each  property  should be assessed individually and not at an average of
    all  the property in the subdivision.  Ms. Jan Miller, Senior Appraiser,
    stated  that  the  1990  valuation  reflected a raw land value, the 1991
    valuation  reflected  a  subdivision (more than 10% of the lots sold and
    less  than  80%  held by the developer); and the 1992 valuation reflects
    market  value  for  all  lots  when over 80% of the lots have been sold.
    Therefore, the Assessor recommends denial of this request.  

    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner  Disney moved that the Board concur with the recommendation
    of the Assessor and deny the Petition for Abatement for Glenn and Elaine
    Beatty. 

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 1993 
                             ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS 
                                     (#243) 

    The  Board  of  County Commissioners met at 9:30 a.m. in regular session
    with  Bill  Gordon,  County Administrator.  Chairman Hotchkiss presided;
    Commissioners  Disney  and  Duvall were present.  Also present was Myrna
    Rodenberger, Clerk & Recorder.  Recording Clerk, S.  Graves.
    1.   REQUEST  FOR  APPROVAL  AND SIGNATURE ON A PRECINCT BOUNDARY CHANGE
    RESOLUTION:   Ms.  Rodenberger  stated that a resolution was approved by
    the   Board  on  March  26,  1991  revising  commissioner  and  precinct
    districts.   As  a  result  of  the  1990  census in Larimer County, the
    numbers  and places of residence of registered electors have changed and
    an  adjustment  to the existing commissioner district lines is necessary
    in order that those lines and the new proposed Senate boundaries are not
    in  conflict.   Maps  reflecting those adjustments have been prepared by
    the  Office  of  the  Clerk  and  Recorder and have been reviewed by and
    concurred  in  by  the  County  Chairpersons  of the two major political
    parties  in  Larimer  County.   Ms.  Rodenberger  requested the Board to
    approve the resolution reflecting the boundary adjustments. 

    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner   Disney  moved  that  the  Board  approve  the  resolution
    reflecting  the  adjustments  as  proposed  and  identified  on the maps
    prepared  by the Office of the County Clerk and Recorder, and authorized
    the Chairman to sign same.  

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   

    R93-74g  RESOLUTION REVISING PRECINCT AND COMMISSIONER DISTRICTS

    2.   APPOINTMENT TO THE LARIMER COUNTY OVERALL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN
    COMMITTEE:   The  Fort  Collins  City  Council has recommended that Gina
    Janett  be  appointed  by the Board to replace Ann Azari to serve on the
    Larimer County Overall Economic Development Program Committee.  

    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner  Disney moved that the Board appoint Gina Janett to replace
    Ann  Azari  on  the  Larimer County Overall Economic Development Program
    Committee for a 3-year term ending December 31, 1995.   

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   

    3.   REQUEST  FOR  APPROVAL  AND  SIGNATURE ON A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING
    COMPENSATION   FOR  LARIMER  COUNTY  APPOINTED  OFFICIALS:   Mr.  Gordon
    requested  Board  approval  and the Chairman's signature on a resolution
    establishing compensation for Larimer County Appointed Officials.   

    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner Disney moved that the Board approve and the Chairman sign a
    Resolution   Establishing  Compensation  for  Larimer  County  Appointed
    Officials, effective July 1, 1993.  

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   

    R93-75g  RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING COMPENSATION FOR LARIMER COUNTY
             APPOINTED OFFICIALS

    4.  COMMISSIONER'S REPORTS: 

    --   Commissioner  Duvall  asked  how  the  Board wished to schedule the
    individual  meetings  with the appointed officials and department heads.
    After discussion, it was decided to add an extra fifteen minutes to each
    quarterly meeting for discussion in Executive Session.  

    --  Commissioner  Disney received a request from Tim Stolz for the Board
    to  send  a letter of support to include with the application for grants
    for the Rocky Mountain Freshwater Aquarium.  The Board agreed to write a
    letter of support.  

    --   Commissioner   Disney   reported  that  the  State  Strategies  for
    Sustainable  Development  Conference,  which  he  attended  last week in
    Louisville, Kentucky, was very interesting. 

    5.  WORKSESSION:

    --  Mr.  Gordon  received  a  letter  from  the  Interim City Manager of
    Loveland, Ralph Mullinix, which stated that their City Council appointed
    several  of  their  Council  members to three regional intergovernmental
    planning  working  groups and inquired if the Board wished to respond by
    appointing representatives to these groups.  After discussion, the Board
    directed Mr. Gordon to notify Mr. Mullinix that Commissioner Disney will
    serve  on  the  Growth  Management  and  Land  Use Working Group and the
    Transportation  Working  Group and Commissioner Duvall will serve on the
    County Road 32 Corridor Working Group.  

    --  Mr.  Gordon  requested  Board approval of a letter to be sent to all
    Elected  Officials  requesting  a $20 donation and assistance in serving
    for  "Bratwurst  on the Barbie" on July 9, 1993, a fundraiser for United
    Way.  The Board agreed to the request.  

    --  Mr. Gordon noted that the Mental Health Advisory Board By-Laws state
    that  they  will  evaluate  the Mental Health Center Director each year.
    The Advisory Board sent an extensive evaluation form to the Board, which
    was  sent  to  the Personnel Director, Mr.  Jacobs, for his review.  Mr.
    Jacobs  had several concerns about the evaluation form in that it is too
    detailed,  and  State  regulations requiring an evaluation by a Board of
    Directors  applies  solely  to those Centers which do not fall under the
    authority of the County Commissioners.  Therefore, Mr. Jacobs recommends
    that  the  Board  of  County  Commissioners evaluate the Director in the
    future.   Chairman Hotchkiss suggested that each year the Advisory Board
    submit  a  paragraph  evaluation  of  the  Mental  Health Director.  New
    evaluation forms will be prepared and Mr. Gordon will draft an amendment
    to the Mental Health Advisory Board By-Laws.

    6.   DOCUMENT REVIEW: The following documents, of a routine nature, were
    considered by the Board:

    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner  Disney  moved  that  the Board approve the Minutes for the
    week  of  May  24, 1993, and the Agenda for the week of June 7, 1993, as
    submitted.  

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   
    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner  Disney moved that the Board approve the Crystal Lakes 13th
    Filing Amended Plat of Lots 55 and 56.  

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   

    LIQUOR LICENSES: County Approval was granted to Hickory House South - 6%
    -  Fort  Collins,  CO;  and Spencer Heights Resort - 3.2% - Bellvue, CO.
    Licenses  were  issued to Olympus Motor Lodge - 6% - Estes Park, CO; and
    Riverbend Resort - 3.2% - Loveland, CO. 

    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner   Disney   moved  that  the  Board  approve  the  following
    documents:  

    A93-109  COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
             AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
             (Reconstruction of County Road 2H - Long's Peak Road - #166)   

    A93-110  EQUIPMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS  
             AND COLORADO STATE FOREST SERVICE (Fire Truck Placement with   
             THE Sheriff's Department)  

    C93-24   COMMUNITY FOOD AND NUTRITION (CFN) & EMERGENCY HOUSING PROGRAM 
             (EHP)/EMERGENCY COMMUNITY SERVICES HOMELESS GRANT PROGRAM  
             (ECSH) SERVICES GRANT CONTRACT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY 
             COMMISSIONERS AND THE STATE OF COLORADO, DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL   
             AFFAIRS  (Administrative Salary Costs and Emergency Food Monies)   

    C93-25   MASTER CONTRACT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE  
             STATE, THE GOVERNOR'S JOB TRAINING OFFICE (Administration of the   
             Job Training Partnership Act in Larimer County)

    C93-26   CONTRACT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE STATE   
             OF COLORADO, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, OFFICE OF CHILD CARE   
             SERVICES (OCCS)

    C93-27   CONTRACT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND MOUNTAIN
             CONSTRUCTORS, INC. (Reconstruction of Bridge #63E-1.6-44H - #178)  

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   

    M O T I O N 

    Commissioner  Disney moved that the Board go into Executive Session with
    George Hass to discuss confidential attorney/client matters.

    Motion carried 3 - 0.   

    The meeting recessed at 11:15 a.m.; no action taken.
                MEETING WITH RALPH JACOBS, DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL
                                     (#244) 

    The  Board  of  County  Commissioners reconvened at 1:30 p.m. in regular
    session  with  Ralph  Jacobs, Director of Personnel.  Chairman Hotchkiss
    presided;   Commissioners  Duvall and Disney were present.  Also present
    were:  Bill Gordon, County Administrator; Bob Grewell, Finance Director;
    Bob  Keister,  Budget  Manager;  and,  Patsy  Maroney,  Compensation and
    Benefits Specialist.  Recording Clerk, D.  Lord.

    Mr.  Jacobs  reviewed  the  document  he had prepared in response to the
    Board's  request for a salary comparison between like classifications in
    the  nine  front  range  counties.   He  said  that the figures were not
    available  for  the  current budget year, and he had used the 1992 Front
    Range  County  Salary  and  Classification  Report  as the basis for his
    analysis  and  projections.   He  presented  two  options to address the
    salary  inequities in the county pay scale.  One would bring the classes
    that  were  under  the  median range up to the average hiring rate.  The
    second  plan  would provide for a set of 2.5% and 5% pay increases based
    on  using  the  FRBC-9  data  as  a  frame  of reference for most of the
    classifications.   Those  classifications  tied  to  benchmarks would be
    given a 2.5% to 5% increase.

    Discussion  then  centered on the impact of the two alternative plans on
    the level of revenues projected for the county for the 1994 fiscal year,
    and  other options, which included revisions or elimination of the merit
    salary  increases.  Chairman Hotchkiss said that the Board must consider
    not  only the budget impact of any increases, but the basic compensation
    policy  that would be initiated with these decisions.  It was determined
    that  the  Board  members needed more time to study the two alternatives
    and  the  related  budgetary  implications  before  making any decision.

    The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.  




                                           _______________________________  
                                           COURTLYN W. HOTCHKISS, CHAIRMAN  
    ( S E A L )                            BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

    ATTEST: 




    ______________________________________  
    Sherry E. Graves, Deputy County Clerk   




    ______________________________________  
    Dolores Lord, Deputy County Clerk   

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