Middle Bald Project History

March 2001 - Pacific Consulting Services produces LARIMER COUNTY RADIO SYSTEM STRATEGIC PLAN. In Chapter 4.0 Recommendations, this document states " Two areas identified as requiring additional radio coverage continue to be the Poudre Canyon and Laramie River Valley." " Expanding the system for portable radio use will require additional tower sites. Sites to be considered are located on South Bald Mountain, North Middle Mountain and either Green or Red Mountain. Funds for construction of these sites will be well spent for operations regardless of whether Larimer County remains in the VHF spectrum or they choose to move to an 800 MHz trunked radio platform." (Appendix 1)

January 2002 - Dave Rowe joins Larimer County Tech Comm. Directed to move ahead with site development and use Pacific Consulting study as a starting point. Analysis of the sites recommended by this study found North Middle Mountain and Red or Green Mountain sites to be unrealistic.

Oct 2002 - Live RF testing (VHF) conducted between South Bald Mountain and mobile unit traveling Poudre Canyon.

March 2003 - PROPOSAL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY ON SOUTH BALD MOUNTAIN submitted to Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest supervisor Jim Bedwell. This proposal was developed after extensive field analysis and work with USFS staff. (Appendix 2)

April 2003 - USFS letter 2720-1 dated 22 APR 2003 from James Bedwell informs us that our proposal was denied based on initial screening criteria. Specifically that the proposed use was not consistent with laws, regulations, orders, policies of NFS lands in that the proposed site and access road were "located within the Green Ridge inventoried roadless area (as defined in the Forest Service Roadless Area Conservation, Final Environmental Impact Statement dated November 2000)." This letter also lists additional information that will be required if we choose to submit a revised proposal. (Appendix 3)

May 2003 - At our request USFS provides a special map of NFS lands in Larimer County showing boundaries of special use areas (roadless, wilderness, etc).

July 2003 - PROPOSAL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES IN THE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FOREST FOR PUBLIC SAFETY RADIO SYSTEM submitted to Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest supervisor Jim Bedwell. This document contained evaluation and technical data on four options and numerous locations as prospective communications sites. It proposes construction of a system of public safety communications facilities including Middle Bald Mountain (linked by microwave to existing Buckhorn Mountain site), Long Draw(microwave relay only from Middle Bald to Bull Mountain), Bull Mountain, and Glacier View (linked by microwave to Middle Bald Mountain. (Appendix 4)

Sept 2003 - USFS letter 2720-1 dated 11 SEP 2003 from Ellen Hodges (Canyon Lakes District Ranger) requests additional information in order to further analyze our proposal. This letter was followed by a meeting with USFS staff on 27 September 2003 to clarify the information they were requesting. (Appendix 5)

Oct 2003 - ADDENDUM TO PROPOSAL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES IN THE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FOREST FOR PUBLIC SAFETY RADIO SYSTEM July 25, 2003 submitted to Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest supervisor Jim Bedwell. (Appendix 6)

Feb 2004 - USFS letter 2720-1 dated FEB 05 2004 from James Bedwell informs us that our "proposal has been accepted as an application for further evaluation;". The letter additionally states "Fuels reduction is a Regional and Nationwide immediate priority and will remain so into the foreseeable future. As a result, we will be unable to further evaluate your application this year and probably not for the next four to five years." (Appendix 7)

March 2004 - Larimer County BOCC (Kathay Rennels, chair) letter to Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest supervisor Jim Bedwell states "we find the statement in your last letter (see list of references) dated February 5, 2004 saying "we will be unable to further evaluate your application this year and probably not for the next four to five years" as problematic and unacceptable." The letter requests a meeting with USFS staff to explore NEPA requirements and look at options to move the application process forward. (Appendix 8)

May 2004 - USFS letter 2720-1 dated MAY 18 2004 from James Bedwell outline NEPA process and states some specific areas of concern. (Appendix 9)

June 2004 - Larimer County Manger Frank Lancaster letter to Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest supervisor Jim Bedwell states " Larimer County would like some indication from ARNF as to when the NEPA process could begin. So that we clearly understand your available timetable to work with us on the NEPA process for our application, please provide us a written statement by Friday, July 9th 2004 on when the USFS can get our project on your work plan." (Appendix 10)

August 2004 - USFS letter 2720-1 dated AUG 04 2004 from James Bedwell states: The outstanding need remains the coverage analysis the county has done. He(sic) must review that to determine if viable options to upgrade the communications system exist outside of National Forest System Lands, prior to embarking on a process that may lead to encumbrance of NFS lands. Our Telecommunications Specialist, Bob Putnam, stands ready to review

the coverage analysis in an expeditious manner. This review is required by agency policy and further defines the Purpose and Need for the project. Once the review occurs, we will be able to give you a more definitive answer on timelines." (Appendix 11)

Sept 2004 - Meeting between Jim Bedwell, USFS staff and Larimer County Manager, Sheriff, ITD staff in Congresswoman Musgrave's Loveland office facilitated by B.J. Nikkel. USFS asked for a "Project Introduction and Alternatives" for our proposed facilities by November 2004. USFS agrees to provide a NEPA timeline to us by 1 December 2004.

October 2004 - ENSR Corporation contracted to produce Project Introduction and Alternatives requested by USFS.

Resulting document (Proposal for Construction of Communications Facilities in the Roosevelt National Forest, Project Introduction and Alternatives) forwarded to County Manager for cover letter on 31 Oct 2004. (Appendix 12)

November 2004 - Larimer County Manger Frank Lancaster letter to Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest supervisor Jim Bedwell dated 1 Nov 2004 submitted with purpose and Need document. The letter states "Per your request at the meeting, we are submitting a "Project Introduction and Alternatives" report which includes a purpose and needs statement that describes our project in "plain English" and less "techno-jargon." This is the last document you require to make your final decision on when your team will begin working on our project. The agreement at the meeting was that once you received this document and shared it with your team during your work plan development efforts you could get back to us with a firm date by 1 December, 2004." (Appendix 13)

Jan 2005 - USFS letter 2720-1 dated Jan 06 2005 from James Bedwell states "we have analyzed our total needs for a new position to manage this and other special projects on the National Forests and Grassland. At our October Forest Leadership Team meeting we decided to fill such a position and are currently outreaching to fill this position. Once this position is filled we will be able to give you a timeframe for moving forward." This letter also cites a recent revision to the Forest service handbook that requires submission of visual simulations for analysis. (Appendix 14)

March 2005 - USFS letter 2720-1 dated MAR 10 2005 from James Bedwell provided specific guidance on view simulations desired by USFS. (Appendix 15)

April 2005 - Began site development process for Bull Mountain site with BLM. Early work on this site enabled by identification of alternative microwave path from Buckhorn Mountain site to existing privately owned site at Pole Mountain Wyoming and then on to Bull Mountain. This will mean that the proposed Long Draw microwave relay facility will no longer be needed.

May 2005 - SF-299 APPLICATION FOR TRANSPORTATION AND UTILITY SYSTEMS AND FACILITIES ON FEDERAL LANDS submitted to BLM for Bull Mountain site.

June 2005 - Notified by USFS (Sue Greenley) the special project position has been filled. They anticipate the person will be in place by August and the Senior Management Group will begin scheduling projects sometime after that.

Oct 2005 - Notified by USFS (Sue Greenley) the Special Projects Coordinator (Carol Kruse) had been hired. Asked not to send visual simulations until she was in place and trained.

Nov 2005 - Meeting with Carol Kruse to go over actions needed to move ahead on our application.

April 2006 - Amendment to original proposal submitted. This amendment removed the Long Draw site (USFS land) and replaced it with the Pole mountain Wyoming microwave relay site. It also added the Bear Gulch DTRS site. (Appendix 16)

June 2006 - Meeting with Carol Kruse to develop RFP and vendor list for NEPA consultant.

August 2006 - RFP 06-17 National Policy Act Consulting Services issued on 08/01/2006. (Appendix 17)

September 2006 - Mangi Environmental Group Inc selected as NEPA consultant. PO 6819 issued for $68,490. The PO states " Services are estimated to be completed by May 2007 per page 4 of the request for Proposal. A detailed list of tasks and deliverables will be developed in coordination with USFS, County and contractor personnel". (Appendix 18)

December 2006 - USDA Forest Service, Canyon Lakes Ranger District letter 1950-1 dated December 1, 2006 published. This is the first public announcement of the proposed Middle Bald Communications Facility project. It requests public input. This is the start of the scoping phase of the NEPA. (Appendix 19)

January 2007 - Statement of work from USFS provided to Mangi. (Appendix 20)

March 2007 - Mangi letter dated 5 March 2007 explains several additional items added by the USFS that will increase the cost of this project. (Appendix 21)

March 2007 - USFS staff and key Mangi staff hold a meeting to establish joint understanding of work to be done, quality standards, etc.

April 2007 - USDA Forest Service, Canyon Lakes Ranger District letter 1950-3 dated April 12, 2007 requests additional information on our proposed Middle Bald Mountain facility. (Appendix 22)

May 2007 - Larimer County Information Technology Division letter from Steve Schneider, dated 22nd May, 2007 provides answers to USFS letter of April 12, 2007. (Appendix 23)

August 2007 - MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING Between USDA FOREST SERVICEC ARAPAHO &ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FORESTS AND PAWNEE NATIONAL GRASSLAND and LARIMER COUNTY in COLORADO signed. This MOU outlines USFS and Larimer County roles and responsibilities in the NEPA process and provided for transfer of $87,885.24 from Larimer County to USFS account to cover cost of USFS staff time. (Appendix 24)

September 2007 - Change order #1 for PO 6819 (NEPA Consulting services) issued. The change order includes:

Line 2 - Additional work required by Forest Service under the existing Statement of Work per letter dated 8/6/2007 from James Mangi - amount $13,500.

Line 3 - Additional work requested by the Forest Service that falls outside of the original Statement of Work per letter dated 8/6/2007 from James Mangi - amount $63,000. This brings the total for this PO to $144,990. (Appendix 25)

November 2007 - Public meeting held to provide information on proposed Middle Bald Mountain Communications facility at the Magic Sky Girl Scout Ranch.

December 2007 - Carol Kruse, Special Projects coordinator Memorandum dated 12/16/2007 notifies Larimer County of anticipated additional costs for the NEPA process. (Appendix 26)

July 2008 - Larimer County Information Technology Division, letter dated 29 July 2008 notified the USFS that we were suspending work on this project due to budget constraints. (Appendix 27)

August 2008 - Larimer County Information Technology Division, letter dated August 1, 2008 notifies Mangi that we are suspending further work on this project and directs them to provide all data to the USFS and provide a final billing for their services. (Appendix 28)

June 2008 - Notified by USFS that $2136 remains available on the collection agreement.