PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1993
PLANNING WORK SESSION
The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. in a planning worksession with John Barnett, Director of Planning. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioners Duvall and Disney were present. Also present were: Bill Gordon, County Administrator; Elaine Spencer, Manager of Operations and Planning Engineering; Jerry Blehm, Environmental Health Planner; Russell Legg, Development Process Administrator; Al Kadera, Subdivision Administrator; and, Jill Bennett, Comprehensive Planner. Recording Clerk, D. Lord.
1. MEMORIALS ON COUNTY RIGHT-OF-WAY: Ms. Spencer reported on a letter that had been received from Carol Warner requesting permission to place a plaque at the scene of her daughter's accidental death on County Road 23. She reported that Mr. Smith, Director of Public Works, believes that the placement of a plaque at this site would be a traffic hazard as the roadway at that point would be very dangerous if vehicles slowed down to read the plaque.
Commissioner Duvall suggested that a more positive gesture might be to plant a tree in a nearby park with a memorial plaque, or some comparable location, to pay respect to the girl's memory. After discussion, the CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD was to have the department work with the mother to find a more suitable and positive memorial site for the plaque.
2. MANOR RIDGE ESTATES: Mr. Kadera explained the situation in which Manor Ridge Estates development had cleaned up a drainage problem on Turman Drive which had resulted in damage to the property of Mr. Pete Dubler. Mr. Dubler wrote to the County requesting that Manor Ridge Estates restore his property to the condition that had existed prior to the improvements. Mr. Kadera explained that the County had assisted Manor Ridge Estates in completing the initial connecting road at a cost of $6,500. Now, Manor Ridge Estates asserts that the County should pay half of the clean up costs. Mr. Kadera said staff does not believe it is the County's obligation to comply, and believes that action should be taken to inform the owner, Mr. Underwood, of the County's position in the matter.
After discussion, it was the CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD that a letter will be sent to Mr. Underwood, with a copy to Brad Bennett, Manor Ridge Developer, stating that the County will not assume any share of cost in the repair of Mr. Dubler's property, and that Mr. Underwood is instructed to correct the problem. If the repairs are not completed, the County will complete the repairs and deduct the amount from the Development's Collateral Bond prior to its release in December, 1994. The letter should explain that if the County does the work, the costs would be greater than if Mr. Underwood did the work, due to governmental regulations regarding bidding and awarding of contracts. Staff was also instructed to include the directive that the crushed driveway culverts in the development are the sole responsibility of Mr. Underwood and must be replaced and repaired.
3. FORT COLLINS URBAN GROWTH AREA/FOOTHILLS POLICIES: Ms. Bennett reviewed the historical agreements between the County and the City of Fort Collins, beginning in the early 1970s when the Urban Policy was developed through the 1982 Foothills Study that resulted in the Fort Collins Urban Growth Policy. Mr. Legg illustrated the Foothills' Use Plan's layout on a local map of the area and went into detail regarding the development of the Foothills areas, including the sections annexed and developed by the City of Fort Collins.
He explained that the interpretation of the County's sole responsibility for development in the identified Areas is incorrect. As it now stands, under the Foothills Use Plan Agreement between the city and county, the City Council of Fort Collins has veto power; however, it has always approved any planned development in these areas. The current City Council is under the misconception that it has been the County's sole decision-making actions that have approved building in the Urban Growth Area. The County is, and has been, operating according to the standards and agreements with the city. Commissioner Duvall commented that if the City of Fort Collins wants to change the agreement, now was the time to discuss the changes, especially in light of the County's investigation into the possibility of controlling Ridgeline development.
It was pointed out that more study is needed prior to discussions regarding development as it relates to the impact of transportation, roads, school construction and university construction on the total area plans. The issue of the 35 acre development was also identified as a concern.
Commissioner Duvall asked the staff to find out more information regarding the Jefferson County moratorium on ridgeline building and development.
4. DIRECTOR'S REPORT Mr. Barnett reviewed the eight decision package items submitted for FY 1994. He said that one of the alternatives he was recommending for the Board's consideration would be to raise fees for service to developers. He said that he believed that the fee might cover a maximum of 46% of the Planning Services budget.
Commissioner Duvall suggested that the recommendation for the fee include provisions for waivers for affordable housing development, or for special circumstances. Mr. Barnett responded that there would have to be two Public Hearings on the fee proposal: one, for the budget decisions, and the second to allow developers input into the process.
Commissioner Disney informed Mr. Barnett that the Board had decided not to fund any GIS proposals from Departments until they could have an outside consultant study the internal system and provide a plan for expenditures. Mr. Barnett explained that the PC items in his budget would be needed whether a GIS system was put in place or not. He explained that most of his computer equipment was at least six years old; well beyond the life expectancy for this type of equipment.
Mr. Barnett reported that he would continue to meet with Rex Smith to discuss the land use vs. transportation issue. He said that whether the long range road improvement program should be shaped by increased traffic volume created by development, or whether the transportation program should be used to shape development, is a policy decision that has to be reached for responsible planning. Mr. Legg suggested that the Transportation Policy developed by the County in 1988 should be reviewed as a part of developing any coordinated plan.
Commissioner Disney moved that the Board recess and then go into Executive Session to discuss Personnel matters.
Motion carried 3- 0.
The meeting was recessed at 10:30 a.m.
The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 2:00 p.m. for three Abatement Hearings. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioners Duvall and Disney were present. Also present were: Bill Gordon, County Administrator; Bonnie Swartz, Senior Appraiser; Rod Neitzel, Chief Appraiser; and Paula Witman, Administrative Supervisor. Recording Clerk, D. Lord.
1. HELMSHIRE INN, INC. Bob Penney, representing Judith Mauler, Owner of Helmshire Inn, provided information regarding the purchase of the inn by Ms. Mauler in June of 1991. At the time of the purchase Ms. Mauler was told that the Personal Property included in the purchase price included antique furnishings, linens and other property to continue operations of the inn. On the day that she assumed ownership she discovered that the former manager of the property had absconded with all of the valuable furnishings, linens and other property necessary to operate the business. When she protested, the previous owners told her to "take it or leave it."
The Personal Property taxes that were paid at the time of purchase was paid by the Title company handling the sale. Both Ms. Mauler and the previous owner paid a portion of the total Personal Property tax bill of $3,230.00. When Ms. Mauler found that most of the items listed in the personal property assessment was gone, the Assessor's Office came and reassessed the property and the tax bill for 1992 was lowered to $931.82. Mr. Penney stated that Ms. Mauler was requesting a rebate of the difference between the two amounts for 1991, since she never had possession of the Personal Property for which the taxes were paid. The amount of rebate requested was $2,298.88, according to Mr. Penney.
In addition to the written materials submitted to the Board, Ms. Swartz explained that the taxes were paid by the Title Company, and must be returned to that company to be rebated to both parties on a pro rata basis. An abatement could not be paid directly to Ms. Mauler. The Personal Property assessment was based on 1990, and Ms. Mauler did not assume ownership until June of 1991, however, the assessed amount for 1990 was certified as correct by the previous owner in January of 1991. Therefore, there is no basis for lowering the assessed value for the payment made at the time of the sale in June of 1991. The Board could not legally rebate Ms. Mauler's portion of the payment, as any abatement amount must be paid directly to the party submitting payment, the Title Company.
Commissioner Disney moved that the Board deny the Petition for Abatement of Refund of Taxes for Helmshire Inn, Inc.
Motion carried 2 - 0.
Mr. Kenneth Teumer, owner of Spudworks, appeared before the Board to request the assessed amount for the Property Tax be lowered. He stated that the assessed value of the property was $43,000, yet when he sold the property in March, he received only $3,000 for the entire inventory, $40,000 less that the assessed value.
In addition to the written materials submitted to the Board, Ms. Swartz explained that there had been no report of changes in the declared value of the Personal Property, since equipment in the amount of $3,000 was added to the valuation in 1988. Assessments for Personal Property, she explained, were based on the Market Value on Sale and no depreciation was allowed by law for used equipment. The value is established based on what replacement of new equipment, minus depreciation, would be at the time of purchase. Depreciation of equipment can be claimed on income taxes, but not on Personal Property tax.
Commissioner Disney moved that the Board deny the Petition for the Abatement of Refund of Taxes for Spudworks.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
3. DAVID HOLLAND PROPERTY
Mr. Holland appeared before the Board to request an abatement on his land because no consideration was given to the size of the lot, no improvement had been made to the land, and because the pre-paid water tap for the lot had not been installed, and therefore, should not be assessed for tax purposes. He said that the property was assessed for the same amount as several other lots that were combined and taxed as one lot, which was unfair.
In addition to the written materials submitted to the Board, Mr. Neitzel informed the Board that the lots were assessed based on the median value of lots sold in that area in 3/88, 2/90 and 5/90. He stated that water tap, whether installed or not, increased the value of the land. He further informed the Board that Mr. Holland had sold the property in question in August of 1993 for $16.000, which supports the $15,400 valuation.
Commissioner Disney moved that the Board deny the Petition for Abatement of Refund of Taxes requested by Mr. David Holland.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1993
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT QUARTERLY MEETING
The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:30 a.m. in regular session with Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, Director of Health and Environment. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioners Disney and Duvall were present. Also present were: Ralph Jacobs, Personnel Director; Patsi Maroney, Compensation & Benefits Specialist; Patty Arnett, Health Department Business Office Director; and Bill Gordon, County Administrator. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.
1. PERSONNEL ISSUES:
A. Dr. LeBailly requested the Board to grant an exception to the Larimer County Personnel Policy. An employee in their department has had carpal tunnel surgery twice and a modified work program has been developed for her through a grant program whereby she doesn't have to use her hands. In an attempt to allow time for her hands to heal, the request for exception is for her to work 1/2 time for one year and then return to full-time employment. Therefore, the request is for
approval from the Board to not require advertisement of the position, and as the 1/2 time position is at a higher grade level, approval to pay the higher grade salary for the 1/2 time position.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Disney moved that the Board grant an exception and waive the Larimer County Hiring Policy, as requested in this particular case.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
B. Dr. LeBailly reviewed a problem with the salaries of the Health Educators and Nutritionists in the Health Department, which arose out of those classifications being benchmarked to the Nurses. In 1989, increases were made in nursing salaries (7.5%), but the positions tied to the Nurse benchmark did not receive this increase. Because of the Health Educators and Nutritionists continuing to be tied to the Nurses benchmark, they fell one pay grade behind where they might otherwise have been. The market for nurses has been and continues to be prone to change. Under these circumstances, it is better to separate Health Educators and Nutritionists from the nurse benchmark. After discussion, Mr. Jacobs recommended that the Board approve a one- grade increase for the Health Educators and Nutritionists, effective September 1, 1993, and that the Health Educators and Nutritionists will be tied to the Sanitarian benchmark for 1994 pay increases. CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD was to approve the recommendation by Mr. Jacobs to readjust the Health Educators and Nutritionists salaries, as recommended.
2. UPDATE ON LOCAL HEALTH CARE ACCESS PROJECTS:
A. Dr. LeBailly informed the Board that grant funding for the tracking system of newborns will expire October 31, 1993. As this program was initiated July 1, 1993 and will continue next year, Dr. LeBailly does not want an interruption in the program. She has six possibilities for additional funds to continue the program; but, if they do not materialize, she may return to the Board requesting a waiver of indirect County costs--approximately $6,000. She will keep the Board apprised of the situation.
B. Dr. LeBailly advised the Board of two reported cases of whooping cough in infants in Estes Park (18 reported in Boulder), resulting from the pertussis (P) portion being eliminated from the DPT vaccine, as requested by parents.
3. OTHER DEPARTMENT ITEMS:
A. Dr. LeBailly reported that weekly investigations are continuing into the salmonella outbreak in Loveland.
B. Dr. LeBaiilly apprised the Board of a situation involving an HIV patient and potential legal problems.
At 10:30 a.m., Dr. Larry Johnston, Director of Environmental Health, and Mark Johnson, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Coordinator.
4. COUNTY EMS PLAN:
Dr. Johnston and Mr. Johnson presented the 1994 Larimer County Emergency Medical Services Annual Report and Plan, and requested Board approval of same. Dr. Johnston complimented Mr. Johnson for his efforts and accomplishments in 1993 and indicated his pleasure with the progress which has been made under Mr. Johnson. Mr. Johnson presented a chart showing the 1993 State Grants to Larimer County EMS Agencies and briefly reviewed the amounts allocated to each.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve the 1994 Larimer County Emergency Medical Services Annual Report and Plan and authorize the Chairman to sign the County Subsidy Payment Distribution Form for Colorado Emergency Medical Services Subsidy Program for Counties.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
The meeting recessed at 10:45 a.m.
DISCUSSION OF RIDGELINE DEVELOPMENT CONTROL
The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 11:00 a.m. in regular session with County Attorney George Hass, and Jeannine Haag, Assistant County Attorney. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioners Disney and Duvall were present. Also present were: John Barnett, Director of Planning; K-Lynn Cameron, Parks Planner; and Bill Gordon, County Administrator. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.
Chairman Hotchkiss stated that the purpose of today's meeting is to discuss a memo prepared by the County Attorney's Office addressing the County's ability to control development in the foothills and the ridgeline. The memo outlined two control methods: Public Purchase and Regulation. Questions from the Board, comments, and discussion of ridgeline development ensued. It was noted that thru zoning, the County has broad authority to impose a variety of regulations but the question remains whether or not the County can use its zoning authority to regulate the location of buildings in the foothills only for aesthetic considerations or must that authority be exercised only to protect the "health, safety and general welfare" of the citizens of the County. Mr. Barnett and the Attorney's Office will work together drafting a zoning amendment and developing a plan, which will then go before the Planning Commission and to Public Hearing. Mr. Barnett stated it would be early 1994 before a plan can be implemented. Commissioner Duvall asked if the Board can do something in the interim regarding regulations. Mr. Barnett stated they can create interim regulations within 30 days; therefore, the Board requested Staff to do so. Chairman Hotchkiss advised them to consult with the other counties in the State to see what they have done regarding this matter.
The meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1993
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The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:30 a.m. in regular session with Bill Gordon, County Administrator. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioners Disney and Duvall were present. Also present were: Sheriff Richard Shockley; Mike Muskin, TEAM Fort Collins; Bob Keister, Budget Manager; and Bob Grewell, Finance Director. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.
1. REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF AN APPLICATION FOR A COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GRANT TO CONDUCT A NEIGHBORHOOD "PREVENTION OF IMPAIRED DRIVING PROGRAM" (PIDP): Sheriff Shockley requested Board approval of a contract proposal for $30,000 for a Colorado Department of Health Grant to conduct a neighborhood Prevention of Impaired Driving Program, noting that the County would be the fiscal agent for this grant. Mr. Muskin briefed the Board about the grant--it is a drunk driving initiative with the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Division and must be funded thru a city entity. Mr. Grewell noted these are Federal dollars and will not have an impact on Amendment #1; the grant is a 3-year continuation grant.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Disney moved that the Board approve the submittal of the grant application for a Colorado Department of Health Grant to conduct a neighborhood "Prevention of Impaired Driving Program".
Motion carried 3 - 0.
2. APPOINTMENTS TO THE OFFICE ON AGING ADVISORY COUNCIL:
M O T I O N
Commissioner Disney moved that the Board appoint the following to the Office on Aging Advisory Council: Jean Lambert and Jere True Mueller, terms ending December 31, 1994, and Barbara J. Romsdal, term ending December 31, 1995; each to fill unexpired terms of Pat Long, Judy Bartmann, and David Orozco, and as recommended by the Office on Aging Advisory Council.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
-- Mr. Gordon suggested several possible dates for the Legislative Breakfast and requested the Board's preference. After consulting their calendars, October 19, 1993 was selected and will be held at the Marriott Hotel at 7:00 a.m.
-- Mr. Gordon requested input from the Board as to when the Public Hearings regarding the Budget should be held. The Board instructed Mr. Gordon to schedule the hearings November 8, 9, & 10, 1993.
At this time, Commissioner Disney left the meeting to attend a meeting in the County Attorney's Office regarding Estes Park Cable TV.
-- An offer was received from Auto-Photo Enterprises, Inc. for the purchase of the old photo ID studio from the Sheriff's Department and approval of the Board was requested for this sale.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve the sale of the old photo ID studio from the Sheriff's Department to Auto-Photo Enterprises, Inc.
Motion carried 2 - 0.
-- Mr. Gordon requested the Board to approve a memo to be sent to elected officials and department division heads regarding a meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 13, 1993 at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioners' Conference Room to review decision package considerations for the 1994 budget year. CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD was to approve the memo and the date selected.
-- As the matter of the TV Tower will be heard by the Planning Commission on November 17, 1993, the Board was asked by Jerry White, Zoning Administrator, if the Board of County Commissioners have scheduling conflicts or if the Public Hearing could be scheduled on December 13th or 20th. The Board instructed Mr. Gordon to schedule the Public Hearing for the TV Tower on December 13, 1993 at 4:30 p.m.
4. COMMISSIONER'S REPORTS:
-- Commissioner Duvall noted that she will be attending the Cultural Diversity Task Force Meeting tonight and asked if the Board supports her reporting on a suggestion from Brent Nittmann, Youth Services Bureau Program Manager, to create an ad-hoc committee to address cultural diversity within the County. CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD was for Commissioner Duvall to report at the Cultural Diversity Task Force Meeting at the County is going to create an ad-hoc committee to study diversity issues within the County.
-- Commissioner Duvall received a call from Jon Carlson, Director of the Jacob Center, noting they have recently purchased New Beginnings and wondering if the County might be interested in sharing the facility. Chairman Hotchkiss suggested a meeting be scheduled with Sheriff Shockley, Paul Cooper, Community Corrections Director, and Brent Nittmann to discuss this matter further.
5. 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 20, 1993, and the Agenda for the week of October 4, 1993, as submitted.
Motion carried 2 - 0.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve the Briarwood Minor Residential Development Plat, and a Plat for the Haumont Minor Residential Development.
Motion carried 2 - 0.
LIQUOR LICENSES: County Approval was granted to Beaver Inn - 6% - Red Feather, CO., and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #275 - 6% - Fort Collins, CO.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve the following documents:
A93-156 AGREEMENT FOR LEGAL SERVICES BETWEEN THE BOARD OF
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND GRIMSHAW & HARRING, P.C.
(Bond Counsel and Disclosure Counsel relating to the Formation and Financing
of the County's Local Improvement Districts, Public Improvement Districts)
A93-157 SUBDIVISION IMPROVEMENT AGREEMENT FOR CONAGRA P.U.D.
BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND
GENE FISCHER, TRUSTEE, WILLIAM A. SEAWORTH, AND
RONALD L. AND KAY A. LONNEMAN
A93-158 SUBDIVISION IMPROVEMENT AGREEMENT FOR BONNELL WEST
PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT 2ND FILING BETWEEN THE BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND LIBCO, INC. & ELIZABETH
R93-148z FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE MASTER PLAN
AND REZONING OF SPRINGFIELD COURT PLANNED UNIT
R93-149z SPECIAL REVIEW FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION CONCERNING
THE PETITION OF RED SANDSTONE MINING
R93-150z FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION CONCERNING REZONING AND
WAIVER FOR PUBLIC SEWER REQUIREMENTS OF ADAMSON
R93-151s FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE EXTENSION
OF THE APPROVAL OF THE MASTER PLAN AND PRELIMINARY
PLAT OF LAPORTE PLAZA PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT
R93-152s RESOLUTION AMENDING BUILDING ENVELOPE LOT 17,
BLOCK 2, WESTERN MINI-RANCHES
Motion carried 2 - 0.
At this time, County Attorney George Hass and Marla Hehn, Assistant County Attorney, joined the meeting for Legal Matters.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board go into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation.
Motion carried 2 - 0.
The meeting recessed at 10:55 a.m.
MEETING REGARDING "STRATEGIC PLANNING"
The Board of County Commissioners reconvened in general session at 11:00 a.m. with Ken Torp, Executive Director of the Centers for Public-Private Sector Cooperation and Improvement of Public Management at the University of Colorado at Denver. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioners Duvall were present. Also present were: Bill Gordon, County Administrator; Dana Klausmeyer, Controller; Len Bammer, Fleet Manager; and, Frank Lancaster, Director of Natural Resources Department. Recording Clerk, D. Lord.
Mr. Torp began by asking the Board members for their expectations for the meeting. Commissioner Duvall stated that she was interested in receiving information regarding the logic and approach for Strategic Planning for an organization. Chairman Hotchkiss stated that he was interested in hearing how this type of planning would be applied to the unique problems of County government. Commissioner Duvall explained that the County had developed a Vision Statement, but that she saw the need to carry the planning from the executive branch into the departmental level and implement a comprehensive plan on a county-wide basis.
Mr. Torp then explained the Strategic Planning process. He described it as a creative, long-term plan that is in a constant state of flux...not reactive, but a proactive process that evolves as the organization changes. One thing that the Strategic Planning process does not address until the entire planning process is completed, according to Mr. Torp, is resource allocation.He presented the model for the plan, which included the following steps: Environmental Scan; Developing a Vision Statement; Goals; Action Plan; and, an Evaluation of the process. He explained that, in conducting the Environmental Scan, the only enduring and meaningful data was demographic, since economics and other data in the spectrum tend to vary significantly over time. He further noted that the processes for developing the Vision Statement and Goals were the core of the Strategic Planning Process. When the development of the Action Plan begins, the plans creative and innovative process is completed. Attempting to plan based on available resources and restrictive regulations, he said, keeps the process in the old planning mode that places institutional boundaries on long-term planning.
Chairman Hotchkiss stated that his concerns regarding various planning theories, such as the Strategic Planning theory, related to the implementation phase, and "selling" the plan to those who would be required to carry out the action plans. Mr. Torp replied that the basic premise of the Strategic Planning Process was to include all levels of management in the planning process, beginning with Elected Officials, then with Upper and Middle Managers from each department. He said that the basis for this type of planning addressed the issue of those staff with the responsibility of implementing the plan buying into it because they were involved in its development. He explained the "Accordion Model" to include "stake-holders" in the planning process to ensure support for the final product.
Commissioner Duvall asked for Mr. Torp's estimation of the type of consultation the County would need to implement this type of planning process. Mr. Torp replied that he believed that a one and one-half day retreat, followed by one-half day of follow-up consultation, should be adequate. He said that there was no need to include a consultant once the County had reached the Action Plan development stage of the process. He said the retreat capacity would easily include 25 to 30 persons, with a maximum participant number of 35.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1993
PUBLIC MEETING WITH LARIMER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
The Board of County Commissioners met at 7:00 p.m. for a Public Hearing with the Larimer County Humane Society. Chairman Hotchkiss was present; Commissioner Duvall presided. Commissioner Disney was attending a Combined County Hearing with the Colorado Department of Transportation in Greeley, CO. Also present were Marla Hehn, Assistant County Attorney, and Bill Gordon, County Administrator. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.
Commissioner Duvall stated that the purpose of tonight's public hearing is to review the current Agreement between the County and the Humane Society as to whether it meets the needs of the community, the County and the Society - and whether the current funding reflects the priorities of the Board - and whether and what changes may be needed.
Mr. Sandy Lemberg presented to the Board a Proposal for a Citizen's Advisory Board on Animal Control, outlined its contents, and requested Board approval for formation of same. Mr. Lemberg also circulated a petition among the citizens present for tonight's hearing indicating their interest and desire for the formation of this Board.
Most of the hearing was comprised of citizens speaking for or against the Humane Society and describing their experiences, good or bad. Those speaking on behalf of the Humane Society were Elmer Smith and Claire Rutherford and noted their concern with the cost and time involved in writing another agreement when structure is already established. Ms. Rutherford did recommend an educational awareness program be initiated within the County. Concerns of timely response, unleashed dogs and owners responsibility for their by-products, barking dogs, vicious dogs, definition of wild animals (such as wolves), etc., were raised by Bob Maer, Lisa Motl, Pat Hartman, Betty Brown, Gloria Wertz, Cynthia Manvel, Mira Davio, and others. Audrey Lynn Stockton would like to see an investigation of other possibilities for animal control other than the County. Don McFann asked the Board about County policy regarding the poisoning of prairie dogs when there is no evidence of plague in an immediate area. Ms. Hehn stated that the animal control ordinance does not cover prairie dogs. Ms. Hehn will check with the Department of Agriculture and Dr. LeBailly, Director Larimer County Health Department, for clarification regarding an ordinance for prairie dogs.
Lisa Sadar, Humane Society Executive Director, thanked the Board for scheduling this public hearing and indicated their desire to do the best job possible for the County. Ms. Sadar stated that the Humane Society does have an Advisory Board and they welcome input and information from citizens. Chairman Hotchkiss stated that he personally supports the Humane Society; during his tenure as Commissioner, he has found them to be responsible and responsive and he will continue to support them. Commissioner Duvall expressed her desire to look further into the formation of the Citizen's Advisory Board for Animal Control; therefore, she recommended this
matter be discussed further in an advertised policy worksession with the full Board. She also suggested the possibility of forming an ad-hoc committee to help in resolving this matter.
The meeting adjourned at 8:2 0 p.m.
COURTLYN W. HOTCHKISS, CHAIRMAN
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
( S E A L )
Sherry E. Graves, Deputy County Clerk
Dolores Lord, Deputy County Clerk