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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2011

 

There were no meetings held Monday, February 28, 2011.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. with Frank Lancaster, County Manager. Chair Donnelly presided and Commissioners Gaiter and Johnson were present. Also present were: Neil Gluckman, Donna Hart and Deni LaRue, Commissioners’ Office; Gerald Blehm, Environmental Health Department; Ed Rutherford, Human Services Department; Gary Buffington, Meegan Flenniken, Tim D’Amato, and David Lentz, Natural Resources Department; Marc Engemoen, Public Works Department; George Hass, County Attorney; and Melissa Lohry, Clerk to the Board.

 

1.         PUBLIC COMMENT:  Gene Fatton addressed the Board in regards to an oil well pad located behind his property, off of County Road 3. Mr. Fatton explained that the site used to be the landfill and the process of creating the oil pad has removed a significant portion of the landfill cap. Furthermore, the because of the site’s history as a landfill, water permeability is compromised, causing concern regarding water drainage.

 

Mr. Fatton requested the Board review the appropriateness of the oil project in light of the information provided.

 

The Board thanked Mr. Fatton for his time and the information provided.

 

2.         APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEKS OF FEBRUARY 14, 2011, AND FEBRUARY 21, 2011:

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Gaiter moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the weeks of February 14, 2011, and February 21, 2011.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

3.         REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 7, 2011:  Ms. Hart reviewed the upcoming schedule with the Board.

 

4.         CONSENT AGENDA:

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the consent agenda as published below:

 

03012011A001           UTILITY POTHOLING AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND JACOBS INVESTMENTS LLC, DOING BUSINESS AS COLORADO BORING COMPANY

 

03012011R001           RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING COMPENSATION FOR LARIMER COUNTY APPOINTED OFFICIALS

 

MISCELLANEOUS:   Impact Assistance Grant – GOCO; Impact Assistance Grant – Department of Wildlife; Public Trustee 4th Quarter Report and Annual Report for 2010.

 

LIQUOR LICENSES:  The following license was approved and issued:  Elks Lodge #804 BPOE – Club Liquor License – Fort Collins.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

5.         PUBLIC HEARING TO ADD THREE ADDITIONAL SPECIES TO THE COUNTY WEED LIST:   Mr. Buffington, Ms. Flenniken, Mr. D’Amato, and Mr. Lentz presented a unanimous recommendation from the Larimer County Stewardship Advisory Board  to add Hoary Cress, Hoary Allysum, and Perennial Pepperweed to the Larimer County  Noxious Weed List. Ms. Flenniken explained that the three species were non-native, invasive, and becoming increasingly prevalent within the county. She also noted that adding the recommended species to the County Noxious Weed List will allow the county to manage populations of these species before they grow even larger.

 

Commissioner Johnson asked if any of the species were toxic to animals and Ms. Flenniken stated that Hoary Allysum is toxic to horses.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Gaiter moved that the Board of County Commissioners add three additional species to the Larimer County Noxious Weed List, including: Hoary Cress, Hoary Allysum, and Perennial Pepperweed.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

6.         UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE IN LARIMER COUNTY AND SORT YARD OPERATIONS FOR 2011:  Mr. Buffington, Ms. Flenniken, Mr. D’Amato, and Mr. Lentz provided an update on the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation in Larimer County. Mr. Lentz noted that the beetle infestation has grown from 433,000-acres in 2009 to 554,300-acres in 2010. Due to the continued increase in the number of trees infected with Pine Beetles, Mr. Lentz informed the Board that the log sort yards managed by the county will maintain seasonal operations during the coming months. The Red Feather Lakes site will operate in May, June, September, and October to capture both pre and post beetle flight period, and, due to a lack of use during the previous year, the Stove Prairie site will only be open during the month of June.  Mr. Lentz noted that the refined dates will more likely match the demand for sort yard services.

 

Chair Donnelly noted that there are only six log sort yards in the State of Colorado and four are located within Larimer County. He pointed out the county has placed an emphasis on the accessibility of sort yards in an effort to encourage landowners to be more proactive in removing infected trees.

 

Commissioner Johnson asked Mr. Lentz if he had received any complaints or concerns from citizens. Mr. Lentz stated that the most common complaint he received was in regards to the lack of slashing and chipping offered at county managed sites.

 

Mr. Buffington noted that while the Natural Resources Department has allocated funds to operate the sites for 2011; however, the department will be forced to request additional funds from the Board to continue operations in 2012.

 

The Board thanked Mr. Buffington, Ms. Flenniken, Mr. D’Amato, and Mr. Lentz for the update and encouraged their hard work.

 

7.         REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR AN OUTSIDE CONSULTANT TO REVIEW THE RETIREMENT PLAN:   Mr. Rutherford requested an additional $3,500 in additional funding to hire a consultant to review the county’s retirement plan. Mr. Rutherford explained that the Retirement Board has only allocated $4,000 for professional services and the lowest bid they received for an independent review was $7,500.

 

Commissioner Johnson asked Mr. Rutherford why the Retirement Board felt it was necessary to hire an independent consultant to review the county’s investment options when Principal Financial currently offers this service to the county without charge. Mr. Rutherford explained that the Retirement Board was trying to avoid any possible conflict of interest by contracting through Principal.

 

Commissioner Johnson stated he did not feel it was appropriate to approve additional funding for an independent consultant as the Retirement Board rarely expends its entire budget. Mr. Rutherford offered to try to accommodate the cost within the Retirement Board’s own budget and then request additional funds at the end of the year, if necessary.

 

Chair Donnelly also stated he did not feel it was appropriate to approve any additional funds for the Retirement Board at this time.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners deny the request for $3,500 in additional funding for the Retirement Board to pay for an independent retirement plan review.

 

Motion carried 3-0.  

 

8.         LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:  Mr. Gluckman provided an overview of pending legislation pertinent to functions of the county.

 

9.         COUNTY MANAGER WORKSESSION:  Mr. Lancaster requested direction from the Board regarding whether to begin preliminary work to compile a poll for jail funding.

 

The Board directed Mr. Lancaster to gather information about the cost of conducting a poll.

 

10.       COMMISSIONER ACTIVITY REPORTS:  The Board reviewed their attendance at events during the previous week.

 

11.       LEGAL MATTERS:  Mr. Herrfeld requested the Board go into executive session for the purposes of discussing pending litigation and contract negotiations associated with The Ranch.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Gaiter moved that the Board of County Commissioners enter into executive session to determine positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations, as outlined in 24-6-402(4)(e) C.R.S.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

The Board came out of executive session at 11:00 a.m. and no action was taken. Mr. Haas requested the Board go into executive session, again, for conferences with an attorney for the purpose of receiving legal advice.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners enter 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 3-0.

 

There being no further business, the Board adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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   TOM DONNELLY, CHAIR

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

SCOTT DOYLE

CLERK AND RECORDER

 

ATTEST:

 

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Melissa E. Lohry, Deputy County Clerk