RED FEATHER LAKES PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
FIRE HOUSE MEETING ROOM
44 Fire House Lane, Red Feather Lake
March 12, 2009
The meeting was called to order at 1:37 p.m. by Chairperson Ted Carter.
Members in Attendance: Gene Allen, Gene Barker, Susan Bradley, Ted Carter, Terry Ferebee, Dennis Frydendall, Bill Gilbert, Eunice Michalka, Lucille Schmitt, Roger Svendsen, Bud Thomas.
Members Excused Absences: All other members had excused absences.
Adoption of Agenda: All RFLPAC members approved the adoption of the agenda.
Approval of Minutes: The February 12, 2009, minutes were approved by all RFLPAC members.
Communications from Committee Members: Roger S. announced that a training to learn to identify and treat mountain pine beetle will be held May 2, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the meeting room of the Fire Barn. For $7, lunch will be provided by the Pot Belly, or participants may bring their own. Sign up on RedFeatherLakes.net website.
Eunice M. announced that 16 names will be added to the War Veterans Memorial in Community Park, date to be determined. There are now 5 benches around the memorial, representing all branches of the military.
Larimer County Representation: Jill Bennett, LARCO Planning, Kathay Rennels, County Commissioner
Guests Present: none
Communications from County Representatives: Jill Bennett passed out questionnaires about PAC from commissioners. She explained that they will help the commissioners evaluate the process and stay in touch with what is happening. PAC members are asked to answer the questions and give input.
Kathay Rennels added that the questionnaires are a chance to let officials know how PAC is working. Can they do something to make it work better? The questionnaires need to be returned by April 15. Members are asked to bring them to the next PAC meeting or mail to Jill.
Comments from the Audience: None
Road Subcommittee Report from Bill G.
Ted C. talked with Brian Nelson, of Ayers and Associates, regarding the centerline survey. Brian may already have some needed data. He also offered a very reasonable estimate for doing the centerline survey on the six identified roads. The centerline file done for the rural addressing program was not accurate enough to be used for a legal description. The subcommittee continues to work with Susan Bradley and family. It is important to have enough information by the June public meeting to make the meeting effective. Jill Bennett commented that there is a good possibility of getting a reasonable amount of money from the county for the road survey, with very specific requests and background information on needs and solutions.
June Public Meeting about Roads
There was discussion about whether the meeting should only address the issue of the roads and centerline survey or include other items, such as water and sewer. A variety of ideas and opinions were expressed, but there was a tentative agreement that the water and sewer issue would cloud the roads issue at this time. It would be appropriate to let the community know that other issues, such as water and sewer, will need to be addressed in the future, but the main focus of the public meeting in June should be the roads. It will be important to confirm and let the community know that funds will be available for the road survey. The goal of the meeting is to communicate PAC’s intentions and ask for input. Jill Bennett said several means of giving input will be offered: email, forms to fill out, speaking out at meeting, etc. A possible bulk mailing to educate the community and encourage attendance was discussed.
Funding for Projects
It was pointed out that the present economic situation could be an opportunity for RFL to receive state and federal funds. Kathay Rennels agreed that it was important to have specific, detailed plans before applying for such funds. Several members commented on the need for “Community readiness” or “Community willingness.” PAC needs to also educate/ encourage participation from the community.
Possible Water & Sewer Subcommittee
Jill Bennett questioned if it is time to form a subcommittee for water &/or sewer and to establish a target date for a public meeting on those issues. There was discussion about possible subcommittee members, the importance of input, information, and community motivation from Storage and Irrigation, and the possibility of including non-PAC members, even temporarily, on the subcommittee. Jill believes our bylaws allow that.
Agenda for Next Meeting
· ideas for June meeting; single issue or introduce others;
· comments - 3-5 items to ask comments on;
· continue discussion on second subcommittee
PUBLIC COMMENT: Consider the timing necessary to have the June meeting announced in The North Forty.
RFLPAC meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
Submitted by: Michael Sledge