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PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1997

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

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The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. in regular session with Neil Gluckman, Assistant County Manager. Chair Disney presided and Commissioners Clarke and Olson were present. Also present were: Laurel Kubin, Director of Extension; Kathy Wolfe and Gary Small, 4-H Youth Development; Lynette McGowan, Office on Aging Ombudsman Program; Dr. Keith Olson, Director Mental Health; Ralph Jacobs, Director of Human Resources; Deb Stillwell, Parks & Open Lands Administrative Manager; Dick Anderson, Facilities Manager; Donna Hart, Staff Services Manager for Commissioners' Office; and Deni LaRue, Community Information Officer. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.

1. OPEN SESSION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Since no one came to address the Board during open session, Director of Public Works Rex Smith requested an Executive Session to discuss a matter which may involve litigation in the future.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners go into Executive Session at 9:05 a.m. with Rex Smith to discuss potential litigation.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

The Executive Session ended at 9:15 a.m.; no action taken.

At this time, Gene Barker, property owner in Red Feather Lakes, and Mike Bryant, Access & Utility Coordinator for the County, came to the open session to discuss the proposed installation of a cattle guard which would greatly impact access onto Mr. Barker's property. Commissioner Clarke informed Mr. Barker that the information he submitted previously regarding this situation has been distributed to the Commissioners and to the Director of Public Works and he has issued the order to stop construction of the cattle guard at this time. Mr. Barker stated that he has engaged Aims Engineering to do a quiet-title type of survey on his property, including the road and, when that is completed, they plan going to quiet title it and this should resolve the problem. Mr. Barker stated that he has no problem with the installation of a cattle guard going if it is far enough away from the entrance to his property, just the location of where it is being proposed. Commissioner Clarke stated the Board's position is that if the location of the cattle guard is changed so it doesn't impact Mr. Barker, the County will issue the permit; Mr. Barker requested that he be informed if the permit is issued.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22, 1997:

M O T I O N

Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Minutes for the week of September 22, 1997, as submitted.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

3. APPROVAL OF SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 6, 1997:

M O T I O N

Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Schedule for the week of October 6, 1997, as submitted.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

4. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA:

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the following documents as listed on the Consent Agenda on Document Review for September 30, 1997:

PETITIONS FOR ABATEMENT: Requests for Petitions for Abatement were approved for the following, as recommended by the County Assessor: Tri-Trend, Inc.; Performance Tune; Colonial Pacific Leasing; Tracy L. Cope; Chimney Rock Ranch, Ltd.; Pamela & Kevin Daniels & Kay Knutson; Kathy & Jay Pontius; Lori & Anthony Detomasi; Jo Ann Whitten; Bitsy & Denis Gagnon; Susan & James Claerbout; James G. Baer; and Edwin C. Ecklund Trust.

MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENT: Funding Change Letter for the One-Stop Career Center to the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment. LIQUOR LICENSES: Licenses were issued to: Forks General Store, LLC - 6% - Livermore, CO.; Forks General Store, LLC - 3.2% - Livermore, CO.; Beaver Inn - 6% - Red Feather, CO. County approval was granted to Mishawaka Inn - 6% - Bellvue, CO. and for a REPORT OF CORPORATE CHANGE for 6% License for Aspen Lodge at Estes Park, CO.

A97-141 LEASE AGREEMENT ADDENDUM BETWEEN THE BOARD OF

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND AL & KAY VON METZGER

(Additional Space Lease for One-Stop Implementation in Loveland)

A97-142 AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS AND THE BLACKFOX TRAINING INSTITUTE

(Training Agreement for Class Size Project in Electronics Assembly

Through Job Training Partnership Act - JTPA)

A97-143 CAREER PLANNING AND ADULT DEVELOPMENT NETWORK

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS AND LARIMER COUNTY EMPLOYMENT &

TRAINING SERVICES (Funding for Staff Development thru JTPA)

A97-144 CONSULTANT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND JAMES DUNCAN AND

ASSOCIATES (Impact Fee Project)

A97-145 LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS AND JOHNSON INVESTMENTS, INC. (Office

Space in Rocky Mountain Bank Building - 315 West Oak St. - Suite 300)

C97-45 CONTRACT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS AND MOUNTAIN CONSTRUCTURS, INC.

(Parks Maintenance Facility Expansion Project - Project #8311)

C97-46 CONTRACT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS AND ERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

(Mountain Backdrop Project)

C97-47 CONTRACT FOR REMOVING SNOW FROM THE STREETS OF

LITTLE VALLEY GENERAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 14

BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND

JIM NYTES DBA JIM'S CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS OF

ESTES PARK

C97-48 CONTRACT FOR REMOVING SNOW FROM THE STREETS OF

CARRIAGE HILLS GENERAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 4

BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND

JIM NYTES DBA JIM'S CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS OF

ESTES PARK

D97-35 DEED OF DEDICATION BY DOROTHY, RONALD, RICHARD,

VAN, AND GREG BREWSTER AND KATHY MCKENZIE

(Dedication of Property for Public Highway)

Motion carried 3 - 0.

5. PROCLAMATION OF NATIONAL 4-H WEEK - OCTOBER 5-11, 1997:

Mr. Small introduced 4-H members Amanda Miskulin and Todd Thompson to the Board; Commissioner Clarke read aloud the Proclamation for National 4-H Week October 5-11, 1997 honoring Larimer County's 1500 4-H members and 650 leaders. Mr. Small expressed appreciation to the Board for proclaiming 4-H Week in Larimer County. Mr. Thompson, a senior at Thompson Valley High School, noted that he has been involved in 4-H for 9 years and how 4-H has helped him; Ms. Miskulin stated she has been in 4-H for 8 years and noted that 4-H teaches responsibility. Ms. Miskulin and Mr. Thompson submitted paper weights, pencils and 4-H pins to the Board; the Board acknowledged that 4-H is a wonderful program.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners proclaim the week of October 5-11, 1997 as Larimer County 4-H Week, and authorize the Chair to sign the Proclamation.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

6. PROCLAMATION OF RESIDENTS' RIGHTS WEEK:

Ms. McGown introduced George Massey, resident from Columbine East Nursing Home; Chair Disney read the Proclamation of Residents' Rights Week aloud proclaiming the week of October 1-8, 1997 as Residents' Rights Week. Mr. Massey thanked the Board, on behalf of all the officers and residents of all the long-term care facilities in Larimer County, for recognizing the residents as a great community resource and guaranteeing them the right to maintain their dignity and autonomy.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners proclaim the week of October 1 - 8, 1997 as Residents' Rights Week, and authorize the Chair to sign the Proclamation.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

7. PROCLAMATION OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH - OCTOBER 1997:

Lynn Thor distributed pink ribbons to the Board and all attendees at today's meeting to wear in remembrance of the many lives touched by breast cancer; Commissioner Olson read the Proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 1997 aloud. Ms. Branovan stated that she does outreach for a program called The Colorado Women's Cancer Control Initiative, which is a Federally funded program in 50 states, and she thanked the Board for supporting this program and the Proclamation. Ms. Branovan noted that breast cancer is a disease that touches many lives and cannot be ignored and although the death rate has gone down, 1.5 million American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this decade and 500,000 lives will be claimed; she noted that early detection is the best defense and October 17 is National Mammography Day. Lisa Lundgren and Lynn Thor, breast cancer survivors and employees of Larimer County, addressed the Board and gave tribute to County Engineer Elaine Spencer who passed away this past year from breast cancer. Ms. Thor spoke on the focus for the future and reminded everyone that there is not a cure for this disease, and even though the statistics are improving, no woman who enters this maze knows what her outcome will be. Chair Disney noted that during the Christmas season, the light bulbs outside the Courthouse are changed to red and green and he suggested that during the month of October, they be changed to pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Mr. Gluckman will check and see if this can be arranged.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners proclaim the month of October 1997 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and authorize the Chair to sign the Proclamation.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

8. LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR NORTHEAST BEHAVIORAL HEALTH:

Dr. Olson reminded the Board that previously they approved the Larimer County Mental Health Centers' participation in the formation of a partnership with Centennial Mental Health Center and North Range Behavioral Health for the purpose of applying for the capitation project; he noted that Northeast Behavior Health, LLC is the product of that effort. Dr. Olson requested Board approval of a letter of support for the application of Northeast Behavioral Health for the Medicaid Mental Health capitation project for the northeast Colorado region, which includes Larimer County. Commissioner Clarke stated that it is important that the Board fully support this application because this is a vital link in terms of the future success and operation of the Mental Health Center.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the letter of support for the application of Northeast Behavioral Health for the Medicaid Mental Health Capitation project for northeast Colorado, which includes Larimer County, and authorize the Chair to sign same.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

9. PARKS DEPARTMENT RECLASSIFICATIONS AND LIMITED TERM EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS:

Ms. Stillwell requested Board approval to reclassify Ken Woods and Joel Wykoff, retroactive to January 1, 1997 and increase the assigned step for Ken Woods from C to G; she noted that the reclassification of Mr. Woods' position has been pending for two years, during which time he has received out-of-title compensation for performance of his additional responsibilities and Mr. Wykoff's position has been pending since January 1997, also with out-of-title pay. Ms. Stillwell stated that funding for their positions at the new pay rates was included in the 1997 approved Parks budget; she noted that if Mr. Woods' reclassification had occurred two years ago, he would have been placed at Step C and in 1996, he would have moved to Step E, and in 1997 to Step G. Since Mr. Woods was receiving out-of-title compensation, he forfeited the merit increases to which he is entitled and placing him at Step G, effective January 1, 1997, is fair and equitable. Mr. Jacobs informed the Board that he recommends they approve this request.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the request to move the effective date of Ken Woods and Joel Wykoffs' reclassification to January 1, 1997, with retroactive pay, and increase the assigned step for Ken Woods from Step C to Step G.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

Ms. Stillwell had a second request for the Board to approve; she noted that the Parks Department employs three individuals in temporary positions as trail crew workers and their term of employment is limited to 9 months. However, because of extensive flood damage to trails at Horsetooth Mountain Park, she requested extension of the term of employment for these workers for up to two years.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners authorize three one-year limited term employment agreements, to be renewed annually as required, pending completion of flood damage repairs to Horsetooth Mountain Park trails; a portion of these salaries on authorized projects will be funded by FEMA reimbursements.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

10. RELOCATION OF THE EXTENSION OFFICE:

Ms. Kubin requested Board approval to allow the Extension Office to close for a period of up to one week during their relocation and re-establishment at 1525 Blue Spruce, which they anticipate to be the week of November 3-7, 1997; she informed the Board that telephone messaging will inform callers of the reason for the closure and invite them to leave messages which will be returned as soon as possible. CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD was to approve the request.

11. WORKSESSION:

-- Christmas Wreath Sale: Mr. Gluckman noted that the First Methodist Church has been selling Christmas wreaths at the Courthouse for a number of years and a request has been received for them to sell wreaths again this year; the Board indicated their approval.

-- Invitations: Ms. Hart reviewed the pending invitations with the Board and they indicated to her which events they could attend.

12. COMMISSIONER REPORTS:

-- Commissioner Olson reported that she and Building Official Brice Miller conducted the Building Board of Appeals interviews this morning and they are recommending that Gary York be appointed to a 3-year term to fill the vacancy on that Board.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners appoint Gary York to the Building Board of Appeals for a 3-year term, ending June 30, 2000.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

-- Commissioner Olson informed her colleagues that a meeting is scheduled for November 3, 1997 with the Agricultural Advisory Board and the Forest Service to discuss grazing leases and she noted that Peter Clark will attend.

-- Commissioner Olson reported that she met with the Rural Land Use Board yesterday and they are going to spend their next two meetings working on their fee schedule; she noted that the Board needs to respond to them by next Monday on the process for establishing that fee schedule.

-- Commissioner Olson noted that Gordon Woelfle called her about Budget "B" and asked if one of the Commissioners could speak to the Loveland Wildlife Group at their meeting on the 3rd Wednesday in October; Chair Disney said he would attend and speak.

-- Commissioner Olson discussed meeting management with the Board for the hearing on speed bumps scheduled for tomorrow night; there was also discussion of how the two discussion items can be separated at the hearing.

-- Commissioner Clarke submitted a packet to his colleagues from Arapahoe County entitled "Colorado Works"; he noted they are designing a package for welfare reform, at a cost of $700,000, which will automate the entry of data for people coming into the system. He stated that depending on what benefits they are applying for, there are up to 40 different forms to be filled out and about 75% is the same; the $700,000 will devise software that should run on most computers and they are ready for a demonstration, they will invite us down to see how it works. Commissioner Clarke noted that he plans to attend the demonstration, along with representatives from Health & Human Services and Andy Paratore from Information Management.

-- Chair Disney informed his colleagues what he intends to say in his speech tonight in Estes Park because he doesn't want to say anything that is not a message from the Board; he noted he plans to say the County recently received a substantial grant, which we are partnering with Neighbor to Neighbor, to place 5 families in the Estes Valley in assisted housing and get them into a self sufficiency project. Also, he plans to touch briefly on PLUS and what is in it with regard to affordable housing and wanting to get the private sector involved because there is a need for partnerships to solve this problem.

At this time County Attorney George Hass joined the meeting for Legal Matters.

13. LEGAL MATTERS:

-- Approval of Resolution: Mr. Hass requested Board approval of a Resolution concerning the Sarner Case versus the Larimer County Clerk & Recorder.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve a Resolution resolving that Loren B. Schall, Assistant District Attorney, Eighth Judicial District of Colorado, be authorized to appear and represent the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder in defense of a civil lawsuit, retro-active to September 26, 1997, and authorize the Chair to sign same.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

R97-141g RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING LOREN SCHALL TO REPRESENT

LARIMER COUNTY CLERK & RECORDER IN CIVIL LAWSUIT

M O T I O N

Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners go into Executive Session at 10:55 a.m. to discuss potential litigation.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

The Executive Session ended at 11:40 a.m.; no action taken.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1997

PUBLIC HEARING FOR SPEED BUMP POLICY

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The Board of County Commissioners met at 7:00 a.m. for a Public Hearing to consider Speed Bump Policy. Chair Pro-Tem Olson presided and Commissioner Clarke was present; Chair Disney was attending a Planning Meeting for the AIA Colorado Design Conference. Also present were: Marc Engemoen, County Engineer; Deni LaRue, Community Information Officer; and County Attorney George Hass. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.

Chair Pro-Tem Olson stated that the purpose of tonight's public hearing is to discuss the County's policy with respect to traffic calming measures in residential neighborhoods; she noted that the need for clear policy direction with respect to traffic calming measures (including the installation of speed bumps or speed humps and the closing of certain streets to vehicle traffic) has been prompted by questions and concerns from several neighborhoods, such as Saddleback Estates, Solar Ridge, Fairway Estates, and Fossil Creek Meadows.

Mr. Engemoen noted that the question of speed bumps and humps and barricades as traffic control devices is a very complicated issue and there are no right or wrong answers; he reviewed the basic issues involved, described the location of the subdivisions, and provided the background information about the neighborhoods. Mr. Engemoen stated that there are approximately 90 residents in Fairway Estates and the roads are dedicated to the public for public use and maintained by Larimer County; the speed limit is posted at 25 mph. Mr. Engemoen noted that the resident's concerns are that there is a lot of cut through traffic on these residential streets, coming from Fossil Creek Meadows to get to Werner Elementary School and from College to Harmony; there is also a concern that there are two large commercial developments being considered nearby and a street connection proposed that would line up with Hogan Drive from the north and Fairway Lane from the west that will create even more cut through traffic. The residents also have concerns because vehicles are driving at excessive rates of speed and two petitions sent to the Board signed by the residents request: 1) A barricade installed on Fairway Lane to close it to through vehicle traffic; 2) If that request is not honored, their second choice is to have speed bumps or humps installed on the three roads in Fairway Estates - Fairway Lane, Palmer Drive and Hogan Drive.

Mr. Engemoen stated that the other neighborhood with concerns is the Saddleback/Solar Ridge Subdivision; Saddleback Estates has 26 lots and Solar Ridge has 53 lots and a future filing, just approved, will add 17 more lots. Mr. Engemoen noted that these roads are also dedicated for public use, but maintained privately by the adjacent homeowner's association and they have a posted speed of 20 mph; however, the legal speed limit is 30 mph. Mr. Engemoen noted that the connection to Linn Mar Acres on Wakonda Drive is barricaded to prevent through vehicle traffic and so the only access for Solar Ridge to Taft Hill Road is through Saddleback Estates via Stonecrest Drive; the issues here are the volume of traffic, speed of the vehicles, and road maintenance responsibility.

Mr. Engemoen stated that after considering the request from Fairway Estates to barricade Fairway Lane, staff has a number of concerns; he noted that in conjunction with the City of Fort Collins, they did some speed and traffic studies in 1996 and found that the average daily traffic on Fairway Lane was 250 and 370 on Hogan Drive. Mr. Engemoen continued that if you take the 90 residents living in the area, using the guideline of 10 vehicle trips per day per unit, you might expect 900 trips per day using these streets, so it doesn't appear that there is an inordinate amount of traffic on these streets; however, the residents feel otherwise. He reviewed the changes proposed adjacent to this neighborhood, noting that Fossil Creek Parkway will eventually connect from College Avenue to Lemay, so other traffic patterns will develop in the future. He stated that if Fairway Lane is closed, it may just move the traffic onto Palmer Drive and there are some concerns regarding emergency service providers that the barricade may hinder the time of response. Mr. Engemoen noted that comments received from the school district indicated that barricading Fairway Lane will add 10-15 minutes to the bus schedule for the children. To summarize, Mr. Engemoen stated that staff doesn't believe that Fairway Lane should be closed to through vehicular traffic.

Mr. Engemoen described the differences between speed bumps and speed humps: bumps are 1 to 3 feet long and 3 to 6" tall and cause a significant amount of discomfort driving over and it is difficult to go over them more than 5 mph; a speed hump is usually 12 ft. long and 2 to 4" tall and vehicle traffic will only experience slight discomfort and will cause them to slow down to 20 mph. Mr. Engemoen stated he is not aware of any transportation or engineering study that advocates the use of speed humps on public roads, nor is he aware of any local jurisdictions that allow the use of speed bumps on public roads; he noted that the City of Fort Collins does allow speed humps, but they have to be carefully designed and meet certain criteria. Mr. Engemoen continued that a concern with both bumps and humps is that they do slow emergency response times (40 seconds per bump) and there are concerns with bumps and humps in terms of maintenance as snow plowing over them can be problematic. Mr. Engemoen noted that no count was done on Stonecrest Drive, but using the projections from traffic engineering that suggest about 10 trips per day from each residence, the 700 to 900 vehicles on Stonecrest does exceed the 500 vehicle threshold; he noted that there is no history of accidents on either of these streets. Mr. Engemoen stated that staff's perspective is that speed humps do not prevent accidents and speed bumps may slightly increase accidents; he continued that with regard to County resources, bumps need to be designed and this takes staff time and money - bumps cost $200 apiece and humps cost $2,000 each. Mr. Engemoen stated that staff's feeling is that speed humps and bumps as a traffic control device treat a symptom and not a root cause; the root cause is that people are driving too fast.

Questions from the Board and discussion followed; Commissioner Clarke stated that the comments and input he has heard and received in the past few weeks from citizens is that it would be inappropriate for the Board to make a decision on this issue tonight because, even though approximately 75 citizens are present tonight, there are many people in other parts of the County that have no knowledge of what is going on here tonight and should have an opportunity for input; Chair Pro-Tem Olson concurred.

At this time the hearing was opened for public comment. Chuck Panela, Vice President of Fairway Estates Property Owners Association, responded to a number of claims made by County staff with which they disagree; with regard to the requested barricade, he noted that in the past month they mailed out a ballot and a lengthy newsletter to all the residents to make sure they had a good understanding of the situation and to ascertain their preference for different physical manifestations that could be used for traffic calming speed and volume mitigation. An alternative suggestion was made from a number of residents that another better location for the barricade might be on the east side of Palmer Drive at the spillway; he reported that they sent out 91 ballots to the homeowners and received a 60% return and 67% of the voters felt that some type of physical manifestation of some type to reduce the volume and speed of traffic through Fairway Estates has to be done because contrary to what Mr. Engemoen said, there is a problem. In summary, Mr. Panela stated that the homeowners have a right to help determine what they need to maintain a reasonable traffic pattern in the neighborhood where they live. Jane Albreton, resident in Solar Ridge, stated that part of the problem that their homeowner's association has had is that they never fully understood the process taken for installing the extreme speed bumps and she noted that if you make 3 trips in and out each day, you hit them 18 times. She asked Mr. Hass about the legal ramifications as they only have Stonecrest Drive for access to their homes and they had no part in the decision to install the bumps - it was presented as done deal; Mr. Hass responded that the roads are public roads, but are not in the County road system and the only authority the County has over a public road that is not on the County road system is to maintain the road for open and free travel. Ms. Albreton added that the speed bumps bother people with neck and back problems and people have to ride their bikes on the sidewalks. Bob McCauley, President Fossil Creek Homeowner's Association, noted that they have the luxury of not having any through traffic; he noted that they have a split among their homeowners in that half support Fairway Estates and half have the same concerns of staff in terms of emergency vehicles. Fritz Upham, Fossil Creek homeowner, stated that they do not have a good representation of people here tonight because they were just recently told of the meeting; he noted that their main concern is with response time for emergency vehicles and he agrees with Mr. Engemoen and staff on their evaluations that response time will be increased, and it looks like Fairway Estates is setting up a private enclave supported mainly by County funds. Michael Lyons, President Linn Mar Acres and representative for 37 homeowners, stated that they maintain the barricade at the end of Wakonda; he noted that they too just received notice of tonight's meeting on Monday and they would like time to get everyone together and do this right and would like more notice of the next hearing. Jerry Runta, representative for Saddleback Homeowner's Association, submitted a packet of information and petitions signed by 92% of the homeowners in support of the installation of the speed bumps and opposing a policy recommendation for forced removal of them; he noted that safety and slowing down the average speed on Stonecrest Drive was their goal and they don't want to see a policy put in place that rewards careless or speeding drivers. Mr. Runta continued that the speed bumps have reduced the speed on these roads and the homeowners paid for the bumps with their own money and he asked who will bear the cost of their removal; he noted that they contacted the County in '93 and '94 regarding ways to slow the traffic and their request was ignored and in '95 they distributed written requests to homeowners in both subdivisions to slow down the drivers, but to no avail. He stated that they have painted signs requesting traffic to slow down, which have been stolen; he respectfully requested the Board to not adopt a policy to prohibit speed bumps. Charles Cox, managing partner of Solar Ridge, stated that when they submitted their plans for development they had to go through a lengthy review process and he asked why the homeowners in Stonecrest didn't have to go through a review process for having these speed bumps approved. James Wade, resident in Solar Ridge, recited his back problems and back pain and noted that you cannot drive around these bumps and he has to drive over them 35,000 times a year and he noted that these speed bumps will cause more deterioration to his back and he asked the Board to have the speed bumps removed; he noted he has no objection to speed humps. Valerie Macheti stated she wants the speed bumps taken out. Ray Hickman, resident from Clarendon Hills, stated that they have speed bumps in their subdivision and the kids now play roller hockey in the street because of the speed bumps; he cited an example of his son's accident resulting from a speed bump - he noted that speed bumps are a nuisance and they are impossible for snow removal. Pam Wade, Solar Ridge resident, stated that they don't want the barricade on Wakonda taken down; she noted they are concerned with speed and they live in an affluent neighborhood and most homes have beautiful backyards and she asked why the children are not encouraged to play in their backyards. Ron Rockham, resident from Stonecrest Drive, stated that the only factor is safety and installing the speed bumps wasn't about resisting growth or subdivision against subdivision, the residents were only trying to deal with the negative effects of growth and change in their neighborhood; the speed bumps were installed and are working and they have found something that is effective and taking them out does not address their safety concerns. James Harrington, resident from Fairway Lane, stated that when you look to the future, an additional 1,000 cars will be cutting through their subdivision and he is concerned; another concern he has is that a special improvement district was formed and they are paying for 50 to 60% of the maintenance of these roads. Janie Hennan, resident from Palmer Drive, stated that she supports the speed bumps even though she has the most to lose esthetically because their home is right by where the barricade would be placed; she noted she is concerned about safety. Linda Scheffler, resident from Solar Ridge, stated that the residents in their subdivision have the same values as the people who live in Saddleback and she doesn't think they would be here tonight if they had been informed that the speed bumps were going to be installed; she proposed that the County have a process that everyone has an opportunity for input when speed bumps are installed. Keith Olson, resident from Saddleback, stated that efforts were made to inform the Solar Ridge residents that they were considering the issue; he noted that the road is privately maintained and they have made every effort to talk to the residents in Solar Ridge about helping to maintain Stonecrest, but they have been rebuffed. Spencer Weaver, resident on Stonecrest, stated that for 2 or 3 years all friendly measures were ignored; he noted that the speed bumps have done what they wanted them to do and in the few months they have been there, the bumps have been compressed by all the traffic and he feels that in time they will compress even more - they have produced the result they wanted and he hopes the Board won't require the bumps to be removed. Mike Montgomery, resident in Solar Ridge, thinks the residents can resolve this problem, but thinks the procedure for installing the bumps was not right and he recommended that the Board vote to have them removed; he suggested that possibly the neighborhoods could get together and remove them and put in humps. Lynn Malazoni, resident in Stonecrest, stated that she doesn't like the speed bumps, but they do work. Carol Panela, resident in Fairway Estates, stated that the traffic study said that one car was going 55 mph and, in her opinion, that is one too many; she noted that the County installed new stop signs, which people ignore, and she suggested possibly putting in a dip as a possible calming technique. Kate Brown, resident in Solar Ridge, stated that most residents in their two subdivisions think of it as one subdivision, not two, and it is unfortunate they have become polarized; they just need to get together and talk.

At this time the public comment portion of the hearing was closed and discussion among the Board followed; Chair Pro-Tem Olson noted that there are several options to consider: 1) Continue the public hearing process on bumps and humps; 2) Form a Task Force to discuss road closures, bumps and humps; 3) Have a facilitator attend the Saddleback and Solar Ridge neighborhood meetings. After much discussion, it was decided to form a Task Force of 6 to 8 people with very different and divergent opinions to address these problems and through a facilitated process devise a process and solution whether or not Larimer County's role will be to adopt a County-wide policy or leave it up to individual subdivisions and homeowners associations whether or not to allow speed bumps, speed humps, or barricades. Mr. Panela requested that a representative from Fairway Estates be on the Task Force. Mr. Runta stated for the record that it was never the intention of the residents in Saddleback to pit one subdivision against another.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners enter into a process of forming a Task Force to address the issues of safety on subdivision roads, ask Engineering and staff to start advertising immediately for individuals in the County to participate on that Task Force, and that the Task Force represent a broad point of view and that they be charged with the responsibility of having a preliminary meeting by November 13, 1997 and that they report back to the Board as soon after that as possible with recommendations as to how the Board should proceed.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

The hearing adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

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JIM DISNEY, CHAIR

BOARD OF LARIMER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

MYRNA J. RODENBERGER

LARIMER COUNTY CLERK & RECORDER

( S E A L )

ATTEST:

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Sherry E. Graves, Deputy County Clerk

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