The Larimer County Board of Commissioners has accepted an offer from the County's volunteer citizen Board the Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) to assist the Board in the review of technical environmental information that may be requested by the Forest Service as they prepare the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Middle Bald Mtn. Communication Facility.
The United States Forest Service (USFS) is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Middle Bald Mtn. Communication Facility. They have two upcoming Open Houses on this. Larimer County does not expect to have additional information on this project until the analysis is completed. Therefore we would encourage you to follow this project on the USFS web site dedicated to this project: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/middlebald.
Environmental Impact Statement - Arapaho and Roosevelt Forests and Pawnee National Grassland is preparing an environmental impact statement.
UPDATE FOR - Regional Land Conservation, Stewardship & Recreation Study for Bald Mtn. - Contract - P12-01
AECOM has decided to close one of its offices in Fort Collins, which is the office established by EDAW, Inc. at 240 E. Mountain Avenue and later acquired by AECOM. As a result of this closure, the AECOM team identified in the proposal submitted by AECOM (the awarded vendor) will no longer be employed by AECOM starting sometime after July 1. However, AECOM ensured Larimer County that delivery of the project would not be compromised in any way and agreed to transfer the contract to a different organization.
AECOM transferred the contract to Logan Simpson Design, Inc., a company that has opened an office in downtown Fort Collins. The new office of Logan Simpson design now employs all of the key individuals named in the AECOM proposal, including Tom Keith, Bruce Meighen, Jeremy Call, Rebecca Brofft, and Casey Smith. Logan Simpson has submitted their insurance certificates to Risk Management. They agree to the contract terms previously agreed to by AECOM.
This contract was signed on July 24, 2012. It is an Environmental Study for Public Safety Radio Communications Site Agreement by and between the Board of County Commissioners of Larimer County, Colorado and AECOM Technical Services.
This PROPOSED contract will be on the July 17, 2012 Board of County Commissioners Consent Agenda at their Weekly Administrative Matters meeting. It is an Environmental Study for Public Safety Radio Communications Site Agreement by and between the Board of County Commissioners of Larimer County, Colorado and AECOM Technical Services.
From the Larimer County Budget Office: Costs for Bald Mountain have been captured in our Capital Communications Fund which has been used for funding our public safety radio system. The fund is for the purpose of replacing and maintaining our radio system equipment. The Board of County Commissioners decided that some of the funds could be used to explore tower requirement as we moved to 800 MHz, however the fund does not contain adequate funds to actually build towers AND replace our equipment.
This report shows each vendor (who we paid) and the costs by year. The costs are primarily for radio coverage studies, tower design and for environmental impact study costs (handled through USDA). Since 2000, Larimer County has spent $610,567 on tower design, radio signal coverage and environmental studies.
Recordings of prior work sessions relating to Bald Mountain. RealPlayer required.
To find past Commissioner meeting minutes concerning this topic, go to the Search BCC Minutes page and perform a search for 'middle bald mountain' and similar words.
RFP P12-02 Environmental Study for Public Safety Radio Communications Site was issued. See the Bids & Proposals page for bid documents.
Cost recovery agreement - Signed by Larimer County on 12/27/2011 and the United Sates Forest Service (USFS) on 1/5/2012.
Larimer County staff met with the USFS staff (Kevin Atchley, Sue Greenley and Dyce Gayton) on April 5th. At that meeting we followed up with the USFS on the civil engineering data we had provided. (the detailed version of what we gave the BoCC on March 31). Kevin Atchley told us the USFS had a very heavy workload and was not sure when they could move forward on the Middle Bald Project, but they recognized the importance of the project and would add it to their workload. We asked the USFS for:
The USFS representatives said they would get moving on these items but were unsure how long it would take. We made clear our concern that the data already collected by Mangi (Engineering Associates) as part of the previous EA process be used before it went stale and those studies needed to be re-done. The USFS could not provide any assurances that this would be the case. They told us that the wildlife study data and report was missing from the original data.
Larimer subsequently contacted Matt Tobler from Blue Mountain Environmental (subcontractor to Mangi) and he has provided the data to Sue Greenley. We also told them we would pay to have it turned into a report if that was needed. Sue told us that would be premature.
At this point we are waiting for the USFS to provide the items we asked for on April 5th.
Recent reports and information produced:
Information for Commissioners' work session on Thursday, March 31 @ 1:30pm
Larimer County's response per citizen inquiry as to a recent FCC application form:
The FCC license Application Form 601 - schedule D (locations) asks if construction of this facility would cause "significant environmental effect" as defined by 47CFR 1.1307.
After reviewing that section of the code, Dave Rowe, Larimer County Technical Communications, decided that our proposed facility did not meet any listed criteria.
On 1/19/2011 Ben Myers acting as the Mummy Range Institute filed a Petition to deny with the FCC specifically citing 47CFR 1.1307(7), that our facility would involve significant change to surface features.
Having again reviewed the criteria listed in 47CFR 1.1307(7) and the design characteristics of our project Dave still believes our proposed project does not meet that criteria.
In our response Dave outlined our proposed facility and if the FCC decided that we do meet their EA criteria, we would not need to submit an EA to the FCC with this application because 47CFR 1.1311(e) does not require submission of an EA to the FCC is another federal agency (in our case the USFS) has already assumed that responsibility.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office will meet with the Larimer County Board of Commissioners for a Work Session on Thursday, March 31st from 1:30-3:30pm in the Commissioners' Conference Room, 2nd floor, 200 West Oak Street, Fort Collins.
Background/Situation/Options per the Larimer County Sheriff's Office: As we have been developing the Larimer County's Public Safety Radio system build out, there was identified a lack of coverage issue in the Red Feather Lakes and Poudre Canyon areas. A site was located several years ago on one of the Bald Mountains SW of Red Feather Lakes. The last 3-4 years we have been working with the USFS to evaluate a prospective site for a tower to improve coverage. In 2010, after a request from the USFS, an engineering study was done on a Poudre Canyon and Middle Bald Mountain tower option. We have information to share with the BCC about the two studies.
The March 31 Work Session is titled "Discussion of Larimer County Public Safety radio." The purpose of the Work Session is to "Present information about the two studies so that the BCC would be better informed about possible solutions for future decisions.
The requested action for the March 31 work session is: Hear the study results and ask questions as needed.
Work Sessions are open to the public and can be heard online at: http://larimer.org/bcc/broadcast.cfm. The meeting recordings are also archived.
The County is in the process of gathering detailed cost information from contractors and suppliers on the alternatives for the Poudre canyon public safety radio site. Given the season, there will be no 'on the ground' activity at any of the potential sites until May or June 2011 depending on accessibility.
Once gathered, the cost estimates for each option will be presented to the County Commissioners.
Larimer County to Apply for 800Mhz frequencies
Because these are not always available when needed, Larimer County will apply for 800Mhz frequencies to be used for future Middle Bald communications if that project is deemed feasible. If Larimer County is alloted the frequencies applied for, Larimer County only reserves the right to use the frequencies with the reservation holding for a given time period. Larimer County can also choose not to use the frequencies at all. These frequencies are not readily available but some will become available soon and Larimer County wants to put a hold on them in case they are needed. Frequencies in the 800 mhz spectrum are the radio frequencies most often used specifically by public safety agencies to be able to communicate with each other.
Update on the portion of the work the Larimer County Engineering Department is managing for the Public Safety Radio site.
Larimer County's survey consultant will be on site to survey in the proposed alignment of the access road, building site and tower location on Thursday 9/16 and Friday 9/17. At this time (Sept. 9 - 10:30a.m.) we do not know exactly what time they will arrive but I would expect them to be on site between 9:00 and 10:00.
The following is the schedule information as of today, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 from: Todd Juergens, Senior Construction Manager, Larimer County Engineering Department.
Todd will meet with the Geotechnical Engineer on site at 9:00 this Friday (9/10/2010). They will be reviewing the proposed road alignment and the proposed tower and building locations. There are no plans to drill any holes during this site visit. If after this site visit it is determined that we need additional subsurface information we will schedule a follow up site visit and I will let you know when that is planned.
The surveying has not yet been scheduled although Todd believes it will occur next week (9/13-9/17). The consultant has been directed to notify Todd of the schedule and we will post that here.
Todd does not have information regarding the PVREA schedule although they were on site on August 25th, as he met them during one of his site visits.
Todd can be contacted at 498-5711 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The District Ranger of the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests has approved Larimer County's special use permit and Larimer County has until the end of the calendar year to complete the studies.
Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter, along with Major Justin Smith from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office and staff from the County's Information Technology and Engineering Divisions will host a public meeting on Thursday, July 29, from 7-9 pm at the Fire House, 44 Fire House Lane, in Red Feather Lakes to discuss current Middle Bald Mountain issues.
Larimer County has applied for a special use permit to gather more information as relates a Middle Bald Mountain Communication Site. The County wants to drill approximately five bore holes drilled, by hand (4" diameter, no more than 10' depth), near the summit of Middle Bald Mountain to gain further information prior to deciding whether or not to reactivate a previous proposal.
Thursday's meeting is being held to explain the process and why it is being asked for.
Larimer County has applied for a special use permit to gather additional information before deciding whether or not to reactivate the previous proposal. The data gathered would help them better refine their original proposal were they to decide to continue.
Copy of letter from USFS to resume processing of the application for Middle Bald NEPA study. Based on the letter, Larimer will complete the special permit application for Transportation and Utility systems and Facilities on Federal Lands to authorize a range of studies, engage the vendors associated with missing biological data/reports to reach a solution, and work with interested parties on the scope of the engineering contracts required to gather costs on both the middle bald and alternative Poudre Canyon site(s) for input into the NEPA.
Copy of letter to USFS requesting re-activation of application for Middle Bald NEPA study.
The Larimer County commissioners directed county staff members today, November 17, 2009, to reactivate an application to the U.S. Forest Service to place a radio tower on Middle Bald Mountain west of Red Feather Lakes.Reactivating the application allows the County to proceed with engineering studies to determine the costs associated with building the tower and running electrical power to it. The Board of County Commissioners recently asked for the costs associated with the project and today's decision allows County staff to move forward to determine those costs.
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners held a work session today, to hear the Pericle Communications Company drive test survey results measuring both VHF and 800 MHZ radio coverage from Middle Bald and South Bald Mountains. The next step is the Board will hear a formal request from the Sheriff's office to re-activate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for Middle Bald and to study potential costs associated with a radio site(s). The Commissioners would receive such a request at an Administrative Matters meeting. These are held on Tuesdays beginning at 9:30a.m. The earliest such a request would occur would be at the November 17 Administrative Matters meeting.