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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

Monday, MARCH 31, 2008

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

(Affidavit Provided)

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 10:15 a.m., with County Manager Frank Lancaster, to go into an Executive Session.  Chair Gibson presided, and Commissioners Eubanks and Rennels were present.  Also present were County Attorney George Hass, and Assistant County Attorney, Jeannine Haag.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Eubanks moved that the Board of County Commissioners go into Executive Session regarding a confidential personnel matter and to obtain legal advice, as outlined in 24-6-402(4)(b) C.R.S.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

The Executive Session ended at 10:50 a.m., with no action taken.

 

 

There were no Land Use Hearings scheduled for Monday, March 31, 2008.

 

 

 TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2008

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

(#189, 190)

 

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. with County Manager Frank Lancaster.  Chair Gibson presided and Commissioner Eubanks was present.  Also present were Donna Hart and Deni LaRue, Commissioners’ Office; Neil Gluckman, Assistant County Manager; Wynette Reed, Human Resources; Ginny Riley and Laura Walker, Human Services; Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, Public Health Administrator; Averil Strand, Community Health Services Director; Bob Herrfeldt, and Alice Maher, Fairgrounds and Event Center; Marc Engemoen, Public Works Division;  Gael Cookman and Cindy Clay, Deputy Clerks.

 

1.  PUBLIC COMMENT:    In attendance representing the community in regards to Larimer County’s granting of Domestic Partnership benefits were: Ken Hoole, Kurt Wimberger, Lewis Headrick, Mims Harris, Jan Jackson, Audrey Faulkner, Barb Kistler, Tom Taber, Dru VanDoren, Maria Swall, Mark Benn, Bill Gilbert, and Sue Readford.  All commented in favor of Domestic Partnership benefits and praised the County for taking such a “courageous” step stating the hope that this will lead the way for other businesses in the community to follow suit.

 

Citizen Thomas Edwards, a disabled Veteran, expressed his concern and great disappointment in regards to Diana Stevens’, Veterans Services Officer, contract not being renewed.  He praised her efforts and described her as going over and above what is expected or required of her position.  He is deeply concerned that the person appointed to this position will not provide the quality of service the Veterans have become accustomed to.

 

2.  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 24, 2008:

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Eubanks moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of March 24, 2008.

 

Motion carried 2-0. 

 

3.    REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 8, 2008Ms. Hart reviewed the upcoming schedule with the Board.

 

4.   CONSENT AGENDA

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Eubanks moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the following items as presented on the Consent Agenda for April 1, 2008:

 

04012008A001           FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR AUBURN ESTATES CONSERVATION DEVELOPMENT 03-S2143 BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LARIMER COUNTY; COUNTY ROAD 3, LLC AND AUBURN ESTATES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

 

04012008A002           DRAINAGE AGREEMENT BETWEEN BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LARIMER COUNTY AND JAX PROPERTIES, LLC

 

04012008A003           DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR THE NORTH STAR SUBDIVISION BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND CAROL J. ROBINSON

 

04012008R001           RESOLUTION ORDERING A PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER A PETITION FOR EXCLUSION FROM A PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

 

04012008R002           RESOLUTION ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO THE LARIMER COUNTY LAND USE CODE (JANUARY 28, 2008)

 

04012008R003           RESOLUTION ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO THE LARIMER COUNTY LAND USE CODE (FEBRUARY 11, 2008)

 

MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS:          North Star Subdivision Final Plat; Personnel Agreement between Larimer County and County Employee

 

LIQUOR LICENSES:  The following licenses were approved and issued:  Hilltop General Store - Retail Liquor Store - Red Feather Lakes; The Rock Inn - Hotel and Restaurant - Estes Park; Red Feather Supermarket - 3.2% - Red Feather Lakes.

 

Motion carried 2-0. 

 

5.    NATIONAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT WEEK PROCLAMATION – APRIL 6 -12, 2008:  Mr. Lancaster presented a Proclamation declaring the week of April 6-12, 2008 National County Government Week.  Commissioner Eubanks read the Proclamation aloud. 

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Eubanks moved that the Board of County Commissioners adopt the week of April 6 – 12, 2008 as National County Government Week.

 

Motion carried 2-0. 

 

6.     PUBLIC HEALTH REORGANIZATION – SB 194:  Dr. LeBailly and Ms. Strand presented handouts explaining the Public Health Revitalization Bill, SB08-194.  Dr. LeBailly reviewed the key points of Senate Bill 194, noting that the main focus of the bill was to ensure that all persons within the state are able to receive public health benefits.

 

7.    REQUEST TO HIRE BUILDING MAINTENANCE WORKER I:  Mr. Herrfeldt and Ms. Maher presented a request for approval to hire a Building Maintenance Worker I.  This position has been held by an employee of Global Spectrum for the last three years and is fully funded with their existing budget.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Eubanks moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve hiring a Building Maintenance Worker I for routine work at The Ranch.

 

Motion carried 2-0. 

 

8.    IMPLEMENTATION OF TRANSPORTATION REPORT CARD:  Mr. Engemoen presented and explained the transportation report card idea that has been in a work in progress for the last several years. The report card is a tool intended to inform the public how Larimer County is doing with respect to managing the road system.  It is designed to answer three questions and further define performance measures in the following areas:  How safe is our road system?  Is the road system being adequately maintained? How might the roads change in the future?

 

The transportation report card would be accessed by the public through links on the Larimer County website under the Engineering and Road and Bridge Departments. Mr. Engemoen commended employees of the Public Works Department; specifically, Drew Davis, Brian Fraaken and Ali Whitcomb and expressed his appreciation for support from Mark Peterson, Dale Miller and Larimer County’s Information Technology department.  Mr. Engemoen feels they are ready to go “live” and asked for the Board’s approval to do so.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Eubanks moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve making the transportation report card available to the public via the internet beginning April 2, 2008.

 

Motion carried 2-0. 

 

9.    TRAIN HORN NOISE UPDATE:  Mr. Lancaster commented that Mark Peterson had researched this issue after it was presented as a complaint in February by a concerned citizen.  Mr. Peterson’s research indicated that in fact the trains are louder, and that the Transportation Federal Railroad Administration placed new rules effective in 2005 which increased decibels and required the train’s horn to be activated at least 15 seconds but no more than 20 seconds in advance of the crossing and no more than ¼ mile in distance from the crossing.

 

The “quiet zones” are allowed but are restricted.  Rules are in effect that require barriers to the crossings, median dividers that restrict the ability to get around the barriers, and temporary road closures at intersections during train crossings.  There is also an automated directional horn system used at intersections to allow for less disruption to neighborhoods.

 

10.   APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM VETERAN’S SERVICES OFFICER:  With the increase soldiers returning from the war in Iraq and the Afghanistan conflict, the need to fill this office in a timely matter is of utmost importance.  Mr. Lancaster recommended that Deb Pierson, current Veterans Affairs Technician, be appointed Interim Veteran’s Services Officer until such time the position can be advertised and consultation with Post Commanders of Veterans Organizations can take place as required by statute.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Eubanks moved that the Board of County Commissioners appoint Deb Pierson Interim Veteran’s Service Officer.

 

Motion carried 2-0.

 

11.   WORKSESSION:  Mr. Lancaster discussed the recent joint meeting with the Estes Park Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners.  Mr. Lancaster stated that the meeting was received favorably and he asked if the Board was agreeable to continuation of these meetings on a semi-annual basis.  Estes Park staff expressed interest in hosting these meetings as they felt it was important for the citizens to have the ability to attend.  The Board agreed that the meetings should continue and Mr. Lancaster will notify the Estes Park Town Manager to schedule future meetings.

 

12.   COMMISSIONER ACTIVITY REPORTS:  The Board noted their attendance at events during the past week.

 

13.   LEGAL MATTERS:  Executive Session Regarding Settlement Negotiation for Pending Litigation Case.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Eubanks moved that the Board of County Commissioners to go into Executive Session for conferences with an attorney for the purpose of receiving legal advice on specific legal questions as outlined in 24-6-402-(4) (b) C.R.S.

 

Motion carried 2-0. 

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:15 a.m.

 

 

 

                                                                        ______________________________________

                                                                                                GLENN GIBSON, CHAIR

                                                                                                BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

 

SCOTT DOYLE

CLERK AND RECORDER

 

 

ATTEST:

 

____________________________

Cynthia A. Clay, Deputy Clerk

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