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PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1993

SUBDIVISIONS

(#326 & #328)

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. in regular session with John Barnett, Director of Planning. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioner Duvall was present. Commissioner Disney is attending the Emergency Management Conference in Colorado Springs. Also present were: John Pedas, Code Enforcement Officer; Jerry White, Zoning Administrator; Richael Michels, Planner; Russ Legg, Development Processing Administrator; Elaine Spencer, Manager Engineering Operations & Planning; and Jeannine Haag, Assistant County Attorney. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.

Mr. Barnett requested the Board to table the Slab Canyon Limestone Quarry Special Review until November 13, 1993.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board table the Slab Canyon Limestone Quarry Special Review until November 15, 1993, as requested by Mr. Barnett.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

Mr. Barnett stated that the following are consent items and will not be discussed in detail unless specifically requested by the Board or members of the audience.

1. STOVE PRAIRIE FIRE HOUSE SPECIAL REVIEW (#93-ZR0288):

NE 1/4 33-08-71; SOUTH SIDE OF COUNTY ROAD 52E, 1/4 MILE EAST

OF THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 52E AND COUNTY ROAD 27;

.33 ACRES. (9-13-93).

This is a request for Special Review to allow a fire truck shelter for Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department in the Stove Prairie area. Staff Findings include: 1) The structure will improve the ability of the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department to respond to and fight fires in the Rist Canyon/Stove Prairie Area; 2) The Larimer County Engineering and Health Departments, the Fire District, all utilities, and other interested agencies have reviewed this subdivision and have stated no objections, as long as certain conditions are met; 3) The proposed structure will have no significant impacts on the surrounding land uses or the natural environment, as long as certain fire prevention and geologic hazard mitigation actions are taken.

The Staff/Planning Commission Recommendation is for approval of the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department Special Review, with the following conditions: 1) The structure and the water tank must be painted in earth tones or forest greens to blend in with the surroundings; 2) Trees and other solid fuel must be cleared within 30 feet of the proposed structure; 3) The structure may not be used for any other purpose than the storage of fire trucks or other fire fighting equipment and maintenance of the trucks and equipment; 4) A drainage plan must be provided for review by the County Floodplain Administrator at the time of building permit; 5) An engineered foundation is required unless a qualified engineer certifies that the building site is not in a potential slope failure hazard area; 6) A Minor Land Division must be filed if a separate parcel is desired.

2. CRYSTAL VIEW AMENDED PLAT (#93-SA0336): NE 1/4 36-06-69, SOUTH

SIDE OF COUNTY ROAD 28 (EAST 57TH STREET), SOUTH OF HORSESHOE

VIEW ESTATES; 1.31 ACRES; 1 LOT; R-1 RESIDENTIAL ZONING (9-13-93)

This is a request for an Amended Plat of Lots 1 through 5, Block 3 and 57th Street Court of Crystal View Second Subdivision - to consolidate five lots into one parcel of 1.3 acres and vacating of 57th Court right-of-way. Staff Findings are: 1) Crystal View Subdivision was originally approved in 1979; 2) The project was released from the "Freeze" last year and improvements are being installed at this time; 3) The proposed Amended Plat includes five lots that have access only from 57th Street and are not an integral part of the subdivision; 4) Combining the five lots in question into a single building site will not result in any significant negative impacts on surrounding properties, utility services, transportation facilities or the natural environment. Staff Recommendation is for approval of the Amended Plat of Lots 1-5, Block 3, Crystal View Second Subdivision.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board adopt the Staff Findings and Staff/Planning Commission Recommendations and approve the Stove Prairie Fire House Special Review (#93-ZR0288), and the Crystal View Amended Plat (#93-SA0336); each, with the conditions as previously outlined.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

3. LAPORTE PLAZA PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT (#92-MS0029):

SE 1/4 OF 29-08-69; WEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD

54G AND COUNTY ROAD 52, ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF COUNTY ROAD

54G (OLD US HIGHWAY 287); 3.18 ACRES; 1 LOT; B-BUSINESS EXISTING

ZONING (9-13-93).

This is a request to extend for one year the approval of the LaPorte Plaza Planned Unit Development Master Plan and Preliminary Plat. Mr. Legg reviewed the major concerns and issues and noted that Staff recommends that the Preliminary Plat be temporarily extended until January 15, 1994, for the sole purpose of providing the applicant time to submit a revised site plan for LAPAC review in December 1993, and BCC review in January of 1994. The permanent extension of the Preliminary Plat shall be considered at the January 1994 BCC meeting if the applicant has complied with the condition of this temporary approval, otherwise the project approval shall expire January 15, 1994.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board adopt the Staff Recommendation and approve the LaPorte Plaza Planned Unit Development temporary extension until January 15, 1994.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

4. MILES ALLEGED ZONING VIOLATION (#92-ZV0126): LOT 61, BLOCK 10,

CARRIAGE HILLS 4TH (9-13-93)

This alleged violation is for storing inoperable/unlicensed vehicles, trailers, and a school bus camper in the E-1 Estate Zoning District. Mr. Pedas reviewed the major issues and concerns and noted that it appears to neighbors that a converted school bus is being used as a temporary sleeping place. Neither the property owner nor the occupant were present for today's hearing. Staff Findings include: 1) The subject property is zoned E-1 Estate; 2) The E-1 Estate Zoning District does not permit junk yards or storage of inoperable vehicles; 3) The storage of inoperable/unlicensed vehicles in the E-1 Estate Zoning District will affect property values in the neighborhood. Staff Recommendation is to find that a violation exists unless vehicles stored on the property are licensed and operable.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board adopt the Staff Findings and Staff Recommendation and find that a violation exists unless vehicles stored on the property are licensed and operable.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

5. WILD ALLEGED ZONING VIOLATION; NORTH 1/2, NORTHEAST 1/4

25-6-72; ALONG THE NORTH FORK ROAD, 2 MILES EAST OF GLEN

HAVEN (9-13-93).

This alleged violation is for storing inoperable/unlicensed vehicles, and a significant amount of junk and other debris in the O-Open Zoning District. Mr. Pedas reviewed the violation and submitted pictures of the site. In January 1992, the Board found a violation existed and required compliance within 90 days. Progress has been made, but due to weather, illness, and other factors, there have been delays. Mr. Pedas noted that the property owner has shown a spirit of cooperation and intent to clear the property. Staff Findings are: 1) The outside storage of materials on the property contributes to a significant negative visual impact to the traveling public; 2) Some progress has been made toward the clearing up of the site; 3) The unlicensed/inoperable vehicles on the property have the greatest visual impact; 4) Continued outside storage of "junk" and inoperable vehicles on the property may affect value of other property in the immediate neighborhood.

Staff Recommendation is to allow an additional 4 months to comply, subject to the following conditions: 1) The inoperable/unlicensed vehicles be removed within 30 days; 2) Items and materials to be kept are to be placed in buildings or screened from ordinary public view by means of a fence or landscape/berming.

Mr. Wild addressed the Board and stated he is in the process of sorting and disposing of debris. Warren Wolaver noted that 75% of the property has been cleared. James Bigham, adjacent property owner, noted that progress has been made. Chairman Hotchkiss advised Mr. Wild that he wants this problem solved by Spring.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board adopt the Staff Findings and Staff Recommendation and allow an additional 4 months to come into compliance.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

6. BYMAN-SWAZEY ALLEGED JUNK YARD VIOLATION: 212 NAMAQUA

ROAD, LOT 4, BLOCK 4, SUNNYSLOPE ACRES, 3RD FILING (9-13-93)

This alleged violation is for storing inoperable/unlicensed vehicles/trucks, and a semi-trailer in a platted subdivision zoned FA-Farming. Mr. Pedas reviewed the major issues and concerns and submitted pictures of the site. Staff Findings include: 1) The subject property is zoned FA-Farming District; 2) The FA-Farming Zoning District does not allow auto salvage/repair uses; 3) The FA-Farming Zoning District does not permit outside storage not accessory to permitted uses, in this case, single family dwelling; 4) Semi-trailers are not permitted as permanent storage buildings in residential areas; 5) The continued use of the property is inconsistent with the provisions of the zoning regulations and may affect property values in the area. Staff Recommendation is to find that a violation exists, require compliance within 30 days, and authorize legal action if the deadline is not met.

Mr. Swazey, occupant, stated that all vehicles, except one, on the property are licensed and operable and noted there is no salvage activity on the premises. Mr. Swazey submitted pictures of adjacent neighbors and stated that he is willing to conform but thinks the County should require the same of his neighbors. After further discussion, Mr. Pedas agreed to look at the whole neighborhood.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board adopt the Staff Findings and Staff Recommendation, as amended, and find that a violation exists, require compliance within 90 days, and authorize legal action if the deadline is not met.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

7. MCKAY ALLEGED JUNK YARD VIOLATION : 4015 WEST COUNTY ROAD

56E (9-13-93).

This alleged violation is for operating a vehicle salvage operation in the O-Open Zoning District without Special Review approval. Mr. Pedas reviewed the major issues and concerns and submitted pictures of the site and recommended that the property owner apply for Special Review. Staff Findings are: 1) The subject property is Zoned O-Open District; 2) The O-Open Zoning District allows junk yards and auto salvage by Special Review; 3) The existing auto salvage operation is a reoccurrence of previous violations on the same site; 4) Continued use of the property is inconsistent with the provisions of the zoning regulation and may affect property values in the neighborhood. Staff Recommendation is to find that a violation exists, require compliance within 30 days, and authorize legal action if the deadline is not met.

Mr. Budd McKay, property owner, addressed the Board and stated he is not running a salvage operation--he is storing some vehicles for friends and fixing some milk trucks for resale, which will be gone by October 15, 1993.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board adopt the Staff Findings and Staff Recommendation, as amended, and find that a violation exists, require compliance within 60 days, and authorize legal action if the deadline is not met.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

8. DEVRIES ALLEGED BUILDING/ZONING VIOLATION: NE 1/4 5-4-69;

SOUTHWEST CORNER OF WEST COUNTY ROAD 14 AND LONETREE

DRIVE (9-13-93).

This alleged violation is for occupying a garage/storage building as a second dwelling on a property, and transforming a garage storage building into a dwelling without building permits. Mr. Pedas reviewed the major issues and concerns, submitted photos of the site, and recommended alternatives to resolve the violation: 1) Vacate the building as a dwelling, and use only for storage; 2) Divide the property into two lots so that each dwelling is on a separate lot; 3) Seek a variance to allow two dwellings on the same lot. Staff Findings include: 1) The zoning regulations allow only one principal building per lot; 2) A garage or storage building on the property was remodeled into a dwelling without first obtaining a building permit; 3) Any new construction or changes in the occupancy of a building requires permits and inspections, to insure all safety requirements are met; 4) Continued use of the property is inconsistent with the building code requirements and zoning regulations and may affect property values in the neighborhood; 5) There is some evidence to suggest that the building had been used for dwelling purposes prior to the current ownership of the property. Staff Recommendation is to find that a violation exists relative to meeting the building code requirements, require that the building be brought up to code, and allow the building to be used as a dwelling for immediate family members only (not as a rental unit). The property owner was not present for today's hearing.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board adopt the Staff Findings and Staff Recommendation and find that a violation exists and require that the building be brought up to code.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

9. DOUBLE L RANCH REZONING AND SPECIAL REVIEW: SE 1/4 21-09-72;

ONE MILE SOUTHWEST OF GLACIER VIEW MEADOWS 6TH FILING;

116 ACRES; 3 LOTS. (9-13-93)

This is a request is to rezone from E-Estate to O-Open and Special Review to allow a guest ranch/retreat center. Mr. White noted that this item was heard by the Board on July 6, 1993 and taken under advisement to resolve the access issue. Mr. White stated that the issue still is not resolved and recommends that the Board not take action on this matter today. Mr. White submitted a letter from the Glacier View Road & Recreation Association containing a motion of conditional approval--they would not object to utilizing this new access point under the following conditions: 1) The access would be only for the existing parcels, it would not serve any other development which might occur--not even 35-acre divisions of land for the remaining 1900 acres; 2) Mt. Champion would be closed except for emergency access, and be available for use only by the existing property owners.

Mr. Bill Wyatt, attorney for the applicant, asked Mr. White if there are other conditions which must be met for approval. Mr. White responded that the County would require: 1) A written agreement, between the Glacier View Association and all the property owners who will utilize the road, establishing restrictions on the use and maintenance responsibility, and address the emergency access situation on Mt. Champion and this agreement be subject to approval by the County Engineer and County Attorney; 2) Approval of the road design and location by County Engineering, County Emergency Services, and Glacier View Meadows Fire Department, and no construction of the road before approval by the County Commissioners; 3) Evidence of an easement thru Section 16 on the Woronoff property; 4) Removal of illegal sign on Lot 5; 5) Any other additional information which may be required by the County Engineer. Mr. Weixelman explained his understanding of what was required previously and noted he has obtained written approval of all the affected property owners. Mr. Wyatt stated the Association has no responsibility for this road; Mr. White stated this should be noted very clearly in the agreement. Mr. White noted that the Amended Plat could be approved if all the property owners were in agreement; but they are not. Discussion of whether approval of this request should be thru Amended Plat or Replat ensued; it was noted that the Replat process would take between 4 to 6 months. Ms. Haag stated that approval of the Amended Plat is contingent upon all the property owners agreeing to this new access. Linda Best, applicant, noted for the record that the new access will provide a much safer site view over the current access.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board table the Double L Ranch Rezoning and Special Review until October 18, 1993 to provide an opportunity and time for all parties to come into agreement; otherwise, the applicant will need to go thru the Replat process.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

DISCUSSION ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA:

Lease Agreement with City of Fort Collins: Mr. Gordon received a call from Municipal Court Judge Kathy Allin noting that when the Board met with the City of Fort Collins recently, agreement was reached to extend the current lease for the Municipal Court for an additional three years, from December 31, 1993 until December 31, 1996. However, the lease was written to expire in two years--in 1995. Mr. Gordon recommended re-writing the lease with an expiration date of 1996.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board rewrite the lease with the City of Fort Collins for the Municipal Court to clarify the expiration date to December 31, 1996.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

Rocky Ridge Road: Discussion ensued whether or not a gate could be installed on the Rocky Ridge Road and if this road can be abandoned as a public road. The Board will visit the site and make a decision on this matter within a reasonable time.

 

Public Works Picnic: Mr. Gordon informed the Board that the Public Works Picnic will be held at the City Park on Thursday, September 16, 1993 at 6:00 p.m. and the Board is invited to attend.

The meeting recessed at 12:00 noon.

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS QUARTERLY MEETING

(#331)

The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 2:30 p.m. in regular session with Paul Cooper, Director of Community Corrections. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioner Duvall was present. As noted previously, Commissioner Disney is out of town this week. Also present was Steve Schapanski, Chairman Community Corrections Advisory Board, and Bill Gordon, County Administrator. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS ADVISORY BOARD:

Mr. Schapanski reported to the Board on recent legislature revisions to the Community Corrections Statute. Since the present Bylaws do not conform to Statute, clarification was requested from the County Attorney's Office. Mr. Abrams, Assistant County Attorney, recommended that the Bylaws be revised to refer to the Board of County Commissioners as the "governmental entity" and the Advisory Board be the Community Corrections Board. Duties and responsibilities of each will remain the same. Following discussion, the Board concurred with the recommendation and requested Mr. Schapanski to make the necessary changes to the Bylaws and return to the Board for final approval of same.

YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU ADVISORY BOARD:

Mr. Cooper recommended the Board appoint Jerry Walseth to the YSB Advisory Board through December 1995, to fill the unexpired term of John Longtin.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board appoint Jerry Walseth to the Youth Services Bureau Advisory Board through December 1995, to fill the unexpired term of John Longtin.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

Mr. Cooper reported that Judge Sullivan has appointed the Juvenile Services Planning Committee; the Committee met last week and approved the Plan developed by the Partnership for Youth and Families, which was subsequently submitted to the State.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT:

Mr. Cooper reported on the Budget Year and Contract Year for 1993 Adult Services and noted that revenues slightly exceed expenditures. Mr. Cooper stated that he is hopeful that some of the excess can be used for a Day Reporting Center. Mr. Cooper noted that on November 1, 1993 one position, assigned to Victim Offender Mediation and funded by the VALE Board, will be eliminated in Youth Services. The plan is to recruit and train volunteers to fill this role, possible VISTA volunteers. Both the Juvenile Diversion Contract, through the Division of Criminal Justice, and the Juvenile Jail Removal Contract, through the Division of Youth Services, have been renewed through June, 1994.

Mr. Cooper reviewed the Performance Indicator Charts for Community Supervision and Court Services, Residential Services, Community Service, and the Family Emergency Team, and noted that they are now tracking on a monthly instead of a quarterly basis.

The meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1993

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

(#332)

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:30 a.m. in regular session with Bill Gordon, County Administrator. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioner Duvall was present. As noted previously, Commissioner Disney is out of town this week. Also present were Rex Smith, Director of Public Works, and Ross Shaw, Manager Design and Construction Engineering. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.

1. REQUEST FOR APPROVAL AND SIGNATURE ON LARIMER COUNTY APPLICATION FOR FY 95 AND FY 96 FEDERAL OFF-SYSTEM LOCAL MATCH BRIDGE REPLACEMENT FUNDS LETTER; AND THE SPECIAL BRIDGE FUND - BRIDGE PROJECT COST ESTIMATE FORM: The Board was requested to approve and the Chairman sign an application letter to Colorado Counties, Inc. for federal-aid bridge replacement funds. The designated structure is located west of Berthoud and north of Carter Lake Reservoir, and if approved, will be a 80/20 matching program. Chairman Hotchkiss's signature is also needed on the project cost estimate letter.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve the letter of application to Colorado Counties, Inc. for FY 95 and FY 96 Federal Off-System Local Match Bridge Replacement Funds, and authorize the Chairman to sign same, in addition to an accompanying project cost estimate letter.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

The Board was also requested to approve the expenditure of $5,700 to Terracon for further soil and groundwater remediation at the Vine Street Shop.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve the expenditure of $5,700 to Terracon Environmental, Inc. for soil and groundwater remediation at the Vine Street Shop, monies to be derived from the Capital Expenditures Fund.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

2. WORKSESSION:

-- Mr. Gordon received a call from the Fort Collins City Council Secretary inviting the Board to a luncheon meeting on October 5, 1993 to discuss the Urban Growth Area. The Board directed Mr. Gordon to accept this invitation and to inquire as to time and place.

-- Mr. Gordon referenced a previous request from the ad hoc committee regarding scheduling a meeting with the Board to discuss procedures for appointing boards and commissions. The Board instructed Mr. Gordon to schedule this meeting in early October.

3. COMMISSIONER'S REPORTS:

-- Commissioner Duvall received a call from Nancy Brown regarding the Tunnicliff/Elder Zoning Violation, which was heard on July 6, 1993, and the expiration of their compliance deadline not being met. She inquired as to what the Board will do to enforce compliance. Chairman Hotchkiss explained the lengthy process of enforcement and noted that when the compliance deadline arrives, then the County Attorney is notified to begin the process--it takes several months.

-- Commissioner Duvall reported on the CSU President's Community Relations Committee, which met last Friday, and noted they are looking for two things: 1) They want information on any kind of ballot issues coming up in '93--they will disseminate information to the entire group; and 2) They would like to know what subjects the Board would like the group to address. Commissioner Duvall suggested transportation. Chairman Hotchkiss noted that when we decide more specifically what we are going to do in '94, we will go to them for help. The Board will get the tentative package together and then Commissioner Duvall will report back to them.

4. DOCUMENT REVIEW: The following documents, of a routine nature, were considered by the Board:

 

 

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve the Minutes for the week of September 6, 1993, and the Agenda for the week of September 20, 1993, as submitted.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve Petitions for Abatement for the following, as recommended by the County Assessor, Steve Miller: Proctor Oil Company; Elery W. & Alice M. Watson; Sylvia R. Peterson; Larry L. Werkmeister; Barbara L. Anton; Leo E. Thyfault; Dean R. Alps; Dorothy S. & Margaret N. Voight; Jon Thad & Susanne Stephens; Donald W. & Mary E. Aten; and Phyllis E. Schrader.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve the Plat for Hiawatha Heights Amended Lots 10, 11, 12 & 13 - Block 20.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

LIQUOR LICENSES: County Approval was granted to Conoco #06354 - Fort Collins, CO.; Conoco #06358 - Loveland, CO:; Conoco #06381 - Bellvue, CO:; and Conoco #06382 - LaPorte, CO.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve the following documents:

R93-137s FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE MASTER

PLAN OF ABC STORAGE & RON'S EQUIPMENT PLANNED

UNIT DEVELOPMENT

R93-138z SPECIAL REVIEW FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION CONCERNING

THE PETITION OF POUDRE FIRE AUTHORITY RADIO TOWER

R93-139z SPECIAL REVIEW FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION CONCERNING

THE PETITION OF RIST CANYON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

(Fire Truck Shelter)

Motion carried 2 - 0.

At this time, George Hass, County Attorney, joined the meeting for Legal Matters. Mr. Hass requested Board approval and the Chairman's signature on a Grant of Easement between Larimer County (Owner of Parcel A) and Carl J. and Barbara M. Mitchell (Owners of Parcel B). This easement will allow access thru the County Shop property in Stove Prairie to the adjacent property. The adjacent property owner will maintain the road at their expense and the County reserves the right to move the road if necessary.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve the Grant of Easement between Larimer County and Carl J. and Barbara M. Mitchell, and authorize Chairman to sign same.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

A93-150 GRANT OF EASEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND CARL J. AND BARBARA M.

MITCHELL

The meeting recessed at 10:45 a.m.

 

PERSONNEL STANDING MEETING

(#333)

The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 2:00 p.m. in regular session with Ralph Jacobs, Personnel Director. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioner Duvall was present and Commissioner Disney was attending Emergency Management Conference in Colorado Springs. Also present were: Bill Gordon, County Administrator; Bob Grewell, Finance Director; and, Patsi Maroney, Compensation and Benefits Specialist. Recording Clerk, D. Lord.

Mr. Jacobs shared his plans to provide information for the meetings in a binder format for more convenient review of the written materials accompanying his report. He asked that the binders be returned to him after each meeting.

Mr. Jacobs reported that he had received a few comments, as he requested, regarding the Family Medical Leave Act Policy, which was added to the Personnel Policy. He reminded the Commissioners that the final revision was due after the final regulations are promulgated in early Spring, 1994. He reported that one of the major concerns was in regard to the employee option of either using their current sick leave and vacation hours first and then being granted non-reimbursed Family Leave, or of using only Family Leave without applying their accumulated leave at all. He said that one particular department had indicated that there should be no option to use only Family Leave, because of the potential abuse by a staff person taking the fully allotted 4 months of Family Leave and then requesting their accumulated leave to extend the time. It was agreed that there should be room for compromise, but that Mr. Jacobs would incorporate all of the comments in the final policy draft for the Board's consideration.

Ms. Maroney reported that the Benefits Consultants were cooperating fully with the department. She said that an RFP for Health Insurance, Life Insurance and Third Party Administration of Dental Insurance was being developed and would be sent out to 14 potential bidders requesting a response by September 30, 1993. One of the potential savings identified was the amount of premium being paid for Life Insurance by getting a lower rate if the same provider was given the bid for both.

Employee Recognition was mentioned. Mr. Jacobs said that Ms. Hart, Assistant to the County Administrator, would be asked to send out a notification in the next employee newsletter requesting volunteers to work on the project.

Commissioner Duvall asked if Mr. Jacobs had contacted Ms. Maier at Social Services regarding a possible committee to study Day Care and other innovative ideas Ms. Maier had shared with Commissioner Duvall at an earlier meeting. Mr. Jacobs said that they had not spoken, but that he would contact her regarding the issue. After Ms. Maroney gave a brief overview of the Section 125 Day Care Reimbursement program, it was decided to add a presentation of this program to the next meeting agenda.

Mr. Jacobs read into the record his concept paper entitled: "Inquiry into the Definition of a Living Wage". Various "living wage" figures provided for the presentation for a single parent with one child living in Larimer County identified: the federal minimum wage of $4.25 per hour, which Mr. Jacob's paper indicated gave the closest formal approximation of the idea of a living wage; the Federal Poverty Level of $786 per month; An adequate level of living of $1,754 per month by Mr. Gluckman, Director of Employment and Training Services, which was developed by Carole Makela of CSU; and, a suggested 100% Lower Living Standard Income Level for Larimer County (author not indicated) of $14,516. Due to the preponderance and wide range of figures available, Mr. Jacobs proposed the Board consider looking at a "Fair Wage" concept, based on the value of the work performed and the value to the employer in obtaining and retaining competent staff. He stated that this "approach is much more defensible as an economic proposition and is more practical from an administrative point of view" Mr. Jacobs offered to prepare a second concept paper based on this premise. After discussion of the issue, the Board agreed to have Mr. Jacobs conduct further research into the "living wage" concept by contacting the Department of Human Development and present the Fair Wage concept at the next meeting.

There was a brief discussion of the County leave position regarding inclement weather decisions and to whether there should be written guidelines. Chairman Hotchkiss said that the County position that the department heads should use their own judgments and base decisions regarding this issue on individual departmental activities. Mr. Jacobs offered to provide the Board with a written summary for their discussion at the next meeting.

Mr. Jacobs stated that he would like to prepare more definitive definitions and guidelines regarding the employment of temporary, intermittent and part-time employees and present it to the Board at the next meeting.

No action was taken and the meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.

 

 

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COURTLYN W. HOTCHKISS, CHAIRMAN

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

( S E A L )

ATTEST:

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Sherry E. Graves, Deputy County Clerk

 

 

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Dolores Lord, Deputy County Clerk

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