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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

Monday, October 29, 2012

 

There were no meetings held on Monday, October 29, 2012.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. with Neil Gluckman, County Manager.   Chair Gaiter presided and Commissioners Donnelly and Johnson were present. Also present were:  Deni LaRue, Diane Tokarz, and Donna Hart, Commissioners’ Office; Marc Engemoen, Public Works Division; Mark Peterson, Engineering Department; Gary Buffington, Kerri Rollins, and Rob Novak, Department of Natural Resources; Charlie Johnson, Engineering Department; Phil James, and Kathleen Staks, Great Outdoors Colorado; Matt Robbins, Colorado Lottery; Peter Kast, Open Lands Advisory Board; Joni Friedman, Workforce Center; Mark Pfaffinger, Gary Janezich, David Bragg, and Jennifer Johnson, Facilities and Information Technology Division; George Hass, County Attorney’s Office;  and Gael Cookman, Deputy Clerk.

 

Chair Gaiter opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

1.   PUBLIC COMMENT:  Eric Sutherland touched on the importance of public safety, and stressed the fact that all citizens are responsible for public safety.  He then commented on the Rocky Mountain Innosphere project, noting that far too many public dollars have been used to support this effort. 

 

Mel Hilgenberg requested that the Board direct the Human Services Department to continue his Medicaid benefits until March 4, 2013.  Mr. Hilgenberg then offered many suggestions for the Board on the county budget.  Finally, Mr. Hilgenberg stated that the Criminal Justice Division should be moved to the Sheriff’s Department. 

 

Robin Bachelet also offered comments regarding the Rocky Mountain Innosphere project, noting that they have supported the project in hopes of growing businesses to be self-sustaining; however, the project has gone on and on, and it is very difficult to remain competitive against others that get a 1% loan in this economy. 

 

2.   APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 22, 2012: 

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of October 22, 2012.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

3.   REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 5, 2012:  Ms. Hart reviewed the upcoming schedule with the Board.

 

4.   CONSENT AGENDA:

 

M O T I ON

 

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

 

10302012A001           AMENDMENT 4 TO AGREEMENT DATED FEBRUARY 1, 2010, BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY AND GH PHIPPS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY FOR LARIMER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS AND EVENTS CENTER

 

10302012A002           ADDENDUM TO LARIMER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS AND EVENTS COMPLEX CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND RANCH-WAY FEEDS

 

10302012A003           PY12 TAA-COETC GRANT EXPENDITURE AUTHORIZATION TO BE INCORPORATED INTO THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AGREEMENT

 

LIQUOR LICENSES:  The following liquor licenses were approved and/or issued:  Beaver Inn - Hotel and Restaurant with Optional Premise – Red Feather Lakes.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

5.  COLORADO LOTTERY STARBUST AWARD FOR THE COUNTY’S “PLUG INTO NATURE” STUDY:    Mr. Buffington and Ms. Rollins explained the pilot study they conducted on the connections between youth, family, and the outdoors. Ms. Rollins stated that with the study they were able to determine the gaps and needs of the citizens, potential barriers to getting them outside, as well as an inventory of outdoor facilities in Larimer County.  Mr. Robbins then presented the Starburst Award from the Colorado Lottery in recognition of the “Plug into Nature” study.  The Board thanked everyone involved for their efforts.

 

6.  BLUE MOUNTAIN BISON RANCH TERMINATION OF RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL:  Mr. Johnson and Ms. Rollins explained that when Larimer County acquired a conservation easement on the 4,100 acre Blue Mountain Bison Ranch, they also obtained a “Right of First Negotiation” on the entire property, which secured the right for Larimer County to attempt to purchase the property if it were ever to be sold.  The owner has now received a written offer on the property and the County does not wish to acquire the ranch so Mr. Johnson recommended terminating the Right of First Negotiation. 

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve terminating Right of First Negotiation regarding the Blue Mountain Bison Ranch.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

7.   LETTER ASSIGNING NEW LARIMER COUNTY ENTERPRISE ZONE ADMINISTRATOR:    Ms. Friedman explained that the current Enterprise Zone Administrator is retiring and she requested Board approval on a letter appointing Jacob Castillo to replace him.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the letter announcing the change of Larimer County Enterprise Zone Administrator.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

8.  SPACE MAXIMIZATION PROJECT PHASE II AT 205 6TH STREET, LOVELAND, COLORADO:   Mr. Pfaffinger explained the second phase of the space maximization project for the county building location at 205 6th Street in Loveland.  He noted the benefits of completing the project would be:  better space utilization, improve energy efficiency, improved day-lighting, bring the building into compliance with ADA laws, provide for common flex space within the building, and create a more comfortable climate for patrons and employees alike.   Mr. Pfaffinger also explained that the funding will come from the Courthouse Sales Tax Reserve.  Some discussion ensued.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the expenditure of $2,723,500.00, from the Courthouse Sales Tax Reserve for the Space Maximization Project Phase II, at 205 6th Street, Loveland, Colorado, to maximize the use of existing space, enhance citizens’ and employee building comfort, meet space needs of the existing occupants, address ADA issues, and improve energy efficiency.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

9.  RECOMMENDED APPOINTMENT TO THE ESTES VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION:  Ms. Tokarz presented the following recommendation to the Board:  appointment of Nancy Hills to the Estes Valley Planning Commission beginning October 30, 2012, and expiring June 30, 2013.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve of the appointing Nancy Hills to the Estes Valley Planning Commission, as outlined above.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

10.   WORKSESSION:  Mr. Gluckman noted that in past years whenever Christmas and New Years fell on a Tuesday, the Board would grant the two Monday’s (Christmas Eve and New Years Eve), as additional employee holidays.  Mr. Gluckman noted that these two days are typically very slow in terms of citizen traffic within the buildings, and it is also a cost savings to keep the buildings powered-down for four days in a row.  Consensus of the Board was to grant the two additional days off.

 

Mr. Gluckman then asked for agenda items for an upcoming meeting with the Board.

 

11.   COMMISSIONER ACTIVTY REPORTS:  The Board shared their activities at events during the past week.

 

12.   LEGAL MATTERS: 

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners 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.

 

Under discussion of the motion, Commissioner Johnson questioned why this item was not being discussion in open session; however, the attorney had not yet arrived at the meeting to answer his question. 

 

Motion carried 2-1; Commissioner Johnson dissenting.

 

County Attorney George Hass arrived shortly afterwards and explained that it was the Board’s prerogative as to whether or not they wished to discuss this item in open session; however, there was the possibility that it would end up in litigation.  The Board continued on with the executive session.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m., with no further action taken.

 

 

 

 

__________________________________________

   LEW GAITER III, CHAIR

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

 

SCOTT DOYLE

CLERK AND RECORDER

 

ATTEST:

 

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Gael M. Cookman, Deputy Clerk