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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

Monday, April 30, 2007

There were no Land Use Hearings today.

 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2007

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

(#57)

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:25 a.m. with Frank Lancaster, County Manager.  Chair Wagner presided and Commissioners Gibson and Rennels were present.  Also present were:  Donna Hart, and Deni LaRue, Commissioners’ Office; Christina Ulrich-Jones, and Bill Stout, Human Services Department; Kathy Snell, and Richard Guest, Health and Human Services; Joe Ferrando, Community Corrections Director; Scott Doyle, Clerk and Recorder; Candace Phippen, Building Inspection; George Hass, County Attorney; and Kristen Romary, Deputy Clerk.

 

 

1.  PUBLIC COMMENT:  Rosemary Van Gorder explained that she would like to see tighter standards for Human Services in determining whether a child should be removed from their home.  She believes that children are much better off when they remain with the family, unless evidence proves otherwise, as opposed to being placed in foster care. 

 

 

2.  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 23, 2007

 

M O T I O N

Commissioner Rennels moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of April 23, 2007.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

3.  REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 7, 2007The Commissioners reviewed the upcoming schedule with Ms. Hart.

 

 

4.  CONSENT AGENDA: 

 

M O T I O N

Commissioner Gibson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the following items as presented on the Consent Agenda for May 1, 2007:

 

05012007D001           DEED OF DEDICATION BY JOHN D. MERRIAM AND SUSAN L. MERRIAM FOR SAID PROPERTY AS A PUBLIC HIGHWAY

 

05012007D002           DEED OF DEDICATION BY FRANK J. MAZZUCA FOR SAID PROPERTY AS A PUBLIC HIGHWAY

 

05012007R001           RESOLUTION ORDERING A PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER PETITIONS FOR A PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

 

05012007R002           FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE COUNTRY CANINE MINOR SPECIAL REVIEW AND APPEALS TO SECTION 8.6.3.C.1 OF THE LARIMER COUNTY LAND USE CODE

 

05012007R003           FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING AN AMENDED PLAT AND VACATION OF A PORTION OF A UTILITY EASEMENT AND ACCESS EASEMENT IN GREEN MOUNTAIN MEADOWS 2ND FILING LOTS 2 & 4

 

MISCELLANEOUS: Approve Rescinding 3 Year Appointments to GID/PID Advisory Boards and Reappointing to 2 Year Terms.

 

LIQUOR LICENSES:  The following liquor licenses were approved:  Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County – Special Event 6% - Fort Collins; Northern Colorado Potters Guild – Special Event 6% - Fort Collins; Board of Governors of the CSU System – Special Event 6% - Fort Collins.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

5.  PROCLAMATION FOR FOSTER AND KINSHIP CARE MONTH:  Ms. Ulrich-Jones and Mr. Stout explained that there are over 220 children and youth in foster or kinship care in Larimer County.  Ms. Ulrich-Jones presented other statistics and asked that Larimer County recognize May 2007 as Foster and Kinship Care Month.  Commissioner Rennels read the proclamation aloud. 

 

 

6.  DISCUSSION ON UPPER FRONT RANGE 2035 PLAN CLARIFICATION:  Chair Wagner asked that Commissioner Gibson provide clarification regarding the Upper Front Range 2035 Plan.  She inquired about the dollar amount dedicated to transportation services.  Commissioner Gibson said that he would follow up on the questions asked by Chair Wagner and Commissioner Rennels.

 

 

7.  UPDATE ON THE PARATRANSIT SERVICE LARIMER LIFT:  Ms. Snell explained that the Larimer LIFT has been a success during its first month of service.  She said that since the first day of operation, the demand for trips has increased.  Mr. Ferrando stated that a second vehicle will be purchased and utilized by June 2007.  He said that Fleet Services and Human Resources have been a great help to the project.  Mr. Guest explained that there will be an even greater need for rural transport service in the future. 

 

 

8.  MAIL BALLOT ELECTION IN NOVEMBER 2007:  Mr. Doyle explained that he is in support of an all-mail-ballot for the election held in November 2007.  He stated that there are many uncertainties with respect to certification of voting equipment in Colorado, potential changes to election legislation, and concerns regarding county budget constraints along with increasing costs of conducting an election.  These factors have all influenced Mr. Doyle’s decision to hold an all-mail-ballot in November, which is a valid option based on Colorado State Statute.  Mr. Doyle stated that Larimer County has the necessary security in place to conduct a successful election at a significantly reduced cost to taxpayers.  Discussion among the Commissioners ensued.

 

 M O T I O N

Commissioner Gibson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Resolution to Request Mail Ballot Election in November 2007.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

05012007R004           RESOLUTION TO REQUEST MAIL BALLOT ELECTION

 

 

9.  SET MAIL BALLOT ELECTION JUDGE COMPENSATION:  Mr. Doyle stated that this was a request to change the mail ballot election judge compensation rate.  He said that since the November 2007 election will be decided by an all-mail-ballot, election judges will be working more than one day.  He explained that currently, election judges are paid at a rate of $120 per day.  Mr. Doyle would like to see this changed to a rate of $10 per hour. 

 

M O T I O N

Commissioner Rennels moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Resolution to Determine Mail Ballot Election Judges set at $10 per hour.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

05012007R005           RESOLUTION TO DETERMINE MAIL BALLOT ELECTION JUDGES COMPENSATION

 

 

10.  COUNTY MANAGER WORKSESSION:  Mr. Lancaster explained that the Northern Colorado Regional EMS/Trauma Advisory Council (NCRETAC) is seeking input on a proposal outlined as a goal to assist NCRETAC member counties with ambulance inspection and licensure procedures.  Discussion among the Commissioners ensued.  Commissioner Rennels suggested that a worksession take place to discuss this matter further. 

 

 

11.  COMMISSIONER ACTIVITY REPORTS:  The Board discussed their attendance at events during the past week.

 

 

12.  LEGAL MATTERS:  Mr. Hass and Ms. Phippen provided an update to the asbestos testing for the property owned by Mark Powell at 8182 S. Shields St. in Fort Collins. 

 

 

The meeting recessed at 11:10 a.m.

 

 

 

ABATEMENT HEARING

(#58)

 

The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 2:30 p.m. for an Abatement hearing.  Chair Wagner presided and Commissioner Gibson was present.  Also present were:  Jennifer Jacobsen, Assessor’s Office; and Kristen Romary, Deputy Clerk.

 

 

ABATEMENT HEARING FOR JOSEPH AND JANET VACCARI FAMILY TRUST; PARCEL NUMBER 86041-19-004:  Ms. Jacobsen described the subject property and outlined the comparables.  She explained that the subject property is a condominium unit, and the three comparables used are from the same complex.  She said that the comparables support the actual value of $180,211.

 

Joseph Vaccari, property owner, had several questions for staff and said that he wanted to be treated fair and equitable based on the other condominium units in the area.  With further explanation from staff, he said that he understood the assessment process better.  Ms. Jacobsen explained that the value is based on the median price of surrounding property, not the actual purchase price. 

 

Commissioner Gibson explained that since the purchase price of Comparable 1 and the subject property were around $170,000, he would be willing to reduce Mr. Vaccari’s value to $170,000.  Chair Wagner said that she did not agree with this change since the total actual value for all comparable properties was set at $179,400, a close assessment to $180,211.

 

M O T I O N

Commissioner Gibson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Petition for Abatement and Refund of Taxes for Joseph and Janet Vaccari Family Trust, Parcel Number 86041-19-004, for tax year 2005 and adjust the value to $175,000.

Motion carried 2-0.

 

 

The hearing ended at 2:55 p.m.

 

 

 

 

__________________________________________

KAREN A. WAGNER, CHAIR

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

SCOTT DOYLE

CLERK AND RECORDER

 

ATTEST:

 _________________________________

Kristen L. Romary, Deputy Clerk

 

 

 

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