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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

Monday, July 30, 2012

 

 

JOINT PUBLIC HEARING

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS & PLANNING COMMISSION

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 6:30 p.m. with the Planning Commission. Chair Gaiter presided and Commissioners Donnelly and Johnson were present. Also present were Planning Commission Members: Scott Glick, Chair, Peter Bohling, Mina Cox, Jeff Jensen, Curtis Miller, and Nancy Wallace; Staff members present included:  Karin Madson and Russ Legg, Planning Department; Jeannine Haag, County Attorney’s Office; Melissa Lohry, Deputy Clerk.

 

Chair Gaiter opened the hearing with the Pledge of Allegiance and noted that Aaron Mouncey, from the Red Cross, and Dan Betz, from Representative Cory Gardner’s Office, were also in attendance.

 

1.         HIGH PARK FIRE REBUILDING PROGRAM, FILE #12-CA0128:  This is an internal request for approval of a resolution to establish a two-year High Park Rebuilding Program to ease the impact of rebuilding on citizens.

 

Ms. Madson noted that the High Park Fire began on June 9, 2012, and consumed 87,284-acres of land in Larimer County, destroying 259 homes and numerous accessory structures. Staff recommends a two year program to assist fire survivors in their rebuilding efforts by providing for temporary emergency housing, temporary emergency accessory structures, documentation of non-conforming structures and uses, plus, extending the timeframe to rebuild a nonconforming structure and to reestablish a nonconforming use. The proposed plan also provides an administrative setback variance program for rebuilding structures and a process for a property owner seeking to rebuild or reestablish businesses uses that have been operating without required approvals and permits. 

 

Chair Gaiter opened the hearing to public comment. Dale Snyder, Ian Siemplenski, Christopher Pova, Ray Goedl, Aaron Mounsey, Cheldon Todd, and Pedro Boscon, addressed the Board to request a reduction in building permit fees, flood mitigation, and that the proposed resolution remains in effect for more than two years.

 

Chair Gaiter then turned the hearing over to the Planning Commission for comment and recommendation.

 

Chair Glick requested comment from each member of the Planning Commission and much discussion ensued regarding the timeframe of the resolution, definitions of temporary emergency buildings, and the reduction of building permit fees.

 

Chair Glick then requested a motion.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Wallace moved that the Larimer County Planning Commission recommend that the Board of County Commissioner’s approve the High Park Rebuilding Program Resolution, file #12-CA0128, with all 2014 deadlines changed to 2015.

 

Commissioner Cox seconded the motion.

 

Motion carried 7-0.

 

Chair Glick then turned the meeting over to Chair Gaiter who requested comments from the Board of County Commissioners.

 

Commissioner Johnson noted that the High Park Fire was an unprecedented event and the county was working with federal and state agencies regarding flood mitigation and roadway rebuilding.

 

Commissioner Donnelly agreed with Commissioner Johnson and supported the proposed resolution.

 

Chair Gaiter thanked Mr. Betz and Mr. Mouncey for their attendance and support at the hearing and reiterated the county’s involvement in flood mitigation planning.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the High Park Rebuilding Program Resolution; file #12-CA0128, as amended by the Planning Commission above.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

07302012R001           RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A THREE-YEAR HIGH PARK FIRE REBUILDING PROGRAM

 

The hearing adjourned at 8:00 p.m., with no further action taken.

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

 

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. with Neil Gluckman, Assistant County Manager. Chair Gaiter presided and Commissioners Donnelly and Johnson were present. Also present were:  Linda Hoffman, Deni LaRue, and Donna Hart, Commissioners’ Office; Marc Engemoen, Public Works Division; Gary Buffington, Department of Natural Resources; Mark Peterson, Engineering Department; Gary Darling, Criminal Justice Administration; and Gael Cookman, Deputy Clerk.

 

Chair Gaiter opened the hearing with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

1.         PUBLIC COMMENT:  Mel Hilgenberg addressed the Board with current events happening around the community. 

 

2.         APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 23, 2012: 

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of July 23, 2012, as amended.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

3.         REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 6, 2012:   Ms. Hart reviewed the upcoming schedule 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 published below:

 

07312012A001           DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACT AGREEMENT FOR PROJECT NO. 297 FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF CULVERTS BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, AND MOUNTAIN CONSTRUCTORS, INC.

 

07312012A002           DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR KIDDER SUBDIVISION, FILE #10-S2944, BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND GEORGE E. KIDDER III AND LORAINE E. KIDDER

 

07312012R001           FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE EATON CONSERVATION DEVELOPMENT PRELIMINARY PLAT

 

07312012R002           SPECIAL REVIEW FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE PETITION OF WG ARCHITECTS/DON SHIELDS

 

07312012R003           FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION DENYING THE FOX ACRES CLUB LEGAL LOT APPEAL

 

07312012R004           FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE DYER PUBLIC SITE PLAN

 

07312012R005           FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE PFSJ APPEAL

 

07312012R006           FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE KOTRIS PUBLIC SITE PLAN

 

07312012R007           RESOLUTION ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO LARIMER COUNTY LAND USE CODE

 

07312012R008           RESOLUTION FOR STATUTORY VESTED RIGHTS FOR KIDDER SUBDIVISION

 

MISCELLANEOUS:            Reappointment of Chief Randy Lesher to Northeast Colorado RETAC; Department of Human Services Payments for June 2012; Recommendation for Mid-Term Appointment of Bonnie Glass to the Office on Aging, through June 30, 2013.

 

LIQUOR LICENSES:  The following licenses were approved and issued:  Sol’s Longbranch Saloon – Tavern – LaPorte; Hog Wild Barbeque – Beer and Wine – Fort Collins.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

5.         TOURISM IN LARIMER COUNTY:  Mr. Buffington introduced Jim Clark, executive director of the Fort Collins Conventions and Visitors Bureau.  Mr. Clark provided an update regarding tourism trends in the area; he explained sales tax revenues, reviewed sales and marketing strategies, and provided information on challenges within the market.  The Board thanked Mr. Clark for the informative presentation.

 

6.         SALE OF USED SHERIFF’S PATROL VEHICLES TO GILCREST POLICE DEPARTMENT:   Mr. Engemoen explained that Gilcrest Police Department has requested the option to purchase two of the Larimer County Sheriff patrol vehicles currently slated for replacement.  Mr. Engemoen stated that selling these vehicles to the Town of Gilcrest would save the cost of stripping the vehicles of the law enforcement equipment that is specific to the vehicles.  Mr. Engemoen noted that the county manager has the authority to make this determination; however, he since this type of request happens so infrequently he wanted to bring it before the Board as an informational item.  The Board directed Mr. Engemoen to proceed on working with the county manger regarding the sale of these vehicles.

 

7.         REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE FROM NATUAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICES FOR EMERGENCY WATERSHED PROTECTION MEASURES: Mr. Engemoen explained that there is increased risk of damage to both public and private property due to flooding and debris flow from the 87,000 acres of burned area caused by the High Park wildfire. Mr. Engemoen proposed sending a letter to the Natural Resources Conservation Service requesting federal assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection program.  Discussion ensued regarding what federal dollars were available, and options as to how the county could accomplish the 25% matching funds required.

 

Commissioner Johnson suggested that there be some communication with the county treasurer, as some funds might not be readily available; and he also requested an update on the overall road conditions of the affected areas. 

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve sending a letter to Natural Resources Conservation Service requesting Federal Assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection program.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

8.         COUNTY MANAGER WORKSESSION:  There were no worksession items to discuss.

 

9.         COMMISSIONER ACTIVITY REPORTS:  The Board detailed their attendance at events during the last week.

 

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

 

There being no further business, the Board adjourned at 10:40 a.m.

 

 

 

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   LEW GAITER III, CHAIR

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

SCOTT DOYLE

CLERK AND RECORDER

 

ATTEST:

 

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Melissa E. Lohry, Deputy Clerk

 

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Gael M. Cookman, Deputy Clerk

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