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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

Monday, November 22, 2010

 

 

ESTES PARK PUBLIC HEARING

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 6:30 p.m. with Frank Lancaster, County Manager.  Chair Johnson presided and Commissioners Donnelly and Gaiter were present.  Also present were: Robert Keister, Budget Manager; Stephen Gillette, Solid Waste Director; Deni LaRue, Community Information Manager; and Gael Cookman, Deputy Clerk.

 

Chair Johnson opened the meeting by honoring outgoing Estes Park Community Development Director Bob Joseph.  Commissioner Donnelly read the Certificate of Appreciation for Mr. Joseph aloud and the Board thanked him for all of his efforts and accomplishments while serving in this capacity.

 

Chair Johnson then explained that the two topics of discussion are the Proposed Fee Schedule for Estes Park Transfer Station and the Proposed 2011 Larimer County Budget.   

 

1. PROPOSED FEE SCHEDULE FOR LANDFILL AND BERTHOUD/ WELLINGTON/RED FEATHER LAKES TRANSFER STATIONS:  Mr. Gillette explained that he wished to delay adoption of the proposed fee schedule, due to the recent suggestions by Gallegos Sanitation General Manager Mark Glorioso, and his proposal of a “tiered-system” of charging for trash  Mr. Gillette requested additional time to work with the trash haulers and other interested parties, to investigate the possibility of a tiered-system, and/or any other suggestions.

 

Chair Johnson asked for public comment on this item, and Rex Poggenpohl reminded the Board that many in Estes Park are elderly and on fixed incomes.   He stated that in his opinion, it is disproportionate to see an across the board 5% increase for use of the transfer station. 

 

The Board agreed to Mr. Gillette’s request to delay approval of this item in order to conduct further research.

 

2. PROPOSED 2011 LARIMER COUNTY BUDGET:  Chair Johnson briefly explained the budget process, the dollars involved in the budget, and how decreased property values are expected to affect the budget in the coming years.  He further explained that the county is now budgeting for outcomes, which is considered a more effective approach to the process.  He went on to briefly describe how the county budgets for the long-term impact of reduced property taxes, efficiencies that have been implemented, and the budget reduction expectations that were given to the various departments as they began preparing their budgets. 

 

Mr. Keister then gave a presentation on the basics of building the budget, budget timeframes, where the money comes from, how it is proposed to be spent, the tax impact on the budget, and how Larimer County compares with other organizations. 

 

Chair Johnson opened the meeting to public comment.  Bill Pinkham, Mayor of Estes Park, questioned the calculation of reserves and contingency funds.  Jon Nicholas asked for more of a sense regarding how the budget cuts affect specific services.  And Rex Poggenpohl again asked the Board to consider the differences of their community and he expressed an interest in knowing exactly how much the Estes Park citizens receive in terms of support from the County.   Some discussion ensued on these topics. 

 

Seeing no further interest, and there being no citizen emails, Chair Johnson closed public comment.  He concluded the hearing by commenting on Larimer County’s financial status and by explaining the next steps in the budget process will be a final hearing on December 20, 2010. 

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

 

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. with Frank Lancaster, County Manager.  Chair Johnson presided, and Commissioners Gaiter and Donnelly were present. Also present were:  Bob Keister, Donna Hart, Gary Darling, Deni LaRue, and Diane Tokarz, Commissioners’ Office;  Joe Schreurs, and Lisa Summers, Facilities and Information Technology Department; Joe Ferrando, Community Corrections Department; and Gael Cookman, Deputy Clerk. 

 

1.   PUBLIC COMMENT:    There was no public comment today.

 

2.    APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 15, 2010: 

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Gaiter moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of November 15, 2010.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

3.    REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEKS OF NOVEMBER 29, 2010, AND DECEMBER 6, 2010:   Ms. Hart reviewed the upcoming schedules with the Board.

 

4.     CONSENT AGENDA:

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the consent agenda, as listed below:

 

PETITIONS FOR ABATEMENT:  As recommended by the County Assessor, the following Petitions for Abatement are approved:  Charles and Sandra Hicks; Imago Enterprises, Inc; Kimberly Hankins and Scott Irwin; Carol Melton and Carol Wood; and Olympus America Inc.

 

MISCELLANEOUS:  Supplemental Request for Remodel of Larimer County Justice Center; Public Trustee 2010 3rd Quarter Report. 

 

LIQUOR LICENSES:   The following licenses were approved and/or issued:  Gail’s Liquor – Retail Liquor Store – Bellvue; Western Ridge Restaurant & Resort – Hotel and Restaurant – Livermore; Beaver Inn – Hotel and Restaurant – Red Feather Lakes.    

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

5.  TRIBUTE TO DALLAS MAURER AND MAGGIE CLAISER:  Commissioner Donnelly introduced Dallas Maurer and Maggie Claiser and stated that he wished to publicly recognize them both for their efforts in reconstructing the only handicapped accessible walkway and fishing pier ramps along Highway 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon.  Commissioner Donnelly explained that Mr. Maurer and Ms. Claiser spent countless hours coordinating with the US Forest Services, securing funding, and recruiting volunteers in order to rebuild a 160 foot long walkway with three wheelchair accessible fishing piers that extend over the water, and a stairway that is 40 feet long and six feet wide.  Commissioner Donnelly read their tribute aloud, and the Board thanked them for their generosity and for accepting “citizen responsibility” to return the beautiful handicapped area to its original condition. 

 

6.  LARIMER COUNTY’S ROLE IN DELIVERING AND ADMINISTERING RURAL TRANSIT SERVICES IN 2011:  Ms. Summers presented a handout which provided details on the status of transferring the rural transit services to another entity.  Much discussion ensued regarding the cost of the program, vehicle replacement and maintenance, the number of individuals that utilize the program, and the options available for continuing the program. Mr. Lancaster suggested that at this point it would be best to continue the contact and work towards transferring administration of the program to the City of Fort Collins. 

 

 

M O T I O N

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners continue with the current level of service provided, with the goal of transferring the contract and program over to the City of Fort Collins by June of 2011.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

7.   APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS:  Ms. Tokarz requested approval on the following Boards and Commissions recommendations: 

 

Agricultural Advisory Board:   Curtis Bridges, Dennis Goeltl, LuAnn Goodyear, George Reed, Jon Slutsky, and George Wallace appointed for a 3-year term beginning December 1, 2010, and expiring November 13, 2013.  Gail Meisner appointed to fill an unexpired 3-year term beginning November 23, 2010, and expiring November 30, 2011.

 

Estes Valley Planning Commission:   Richard Grabish appointed to fill an unexpired 4-year term beginning November 23, 2010, and expiring June 30, 2011. 

 

Red Feather Lakes Planning Advisory Committee:  Donald Rogers appointed for a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2011, and expiring December 31, 2013.

 

M O T I O N

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the appointments and reappointments to the Larimer County Boards and Commissions, as outlined above. 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

8.  COUNTY MANAGER WORK SESSION:  Mr. Lancaster announced that he will remain as the County Manager for Larimer County, as Pitkin County offered their position to someone else.

 

9.   COMMISSIONER ACTIVITY REPORTS:   The Board discussed their activities at events during the past week.

 

10.  LEGAL MATTERS:   There were no legal matters to discuss.

 

The meeting ended at 10:45 a.m., with no further action taken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

__________________________________________

   STEVE JOHNSON, CHAIR

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

SCOTT DOYLE

CLERK AND RECORDER

 

ATTEST:

 

______________________________________

Gael M. Cookman, Deputy County Clerk

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