Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson





The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. in regular session with John Barnett, Planning Director. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioners Disney and Duvall were present. Also present were: Al Kadera, Subdivision Administrator; Rex Burns, Flood Plain Administrator; Russ Legg, Development Processing Administrator; Jerry White, Zoning Administrator; Elaine Spencer Manager of Engineering Operations & Planning; Jerry Blehm, Environmental Health; and Jeannine Haag, Assistant County Attorney. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.

Mr. Barnett requested the Board to table the Boxelder Creek Floodplain Zone until November 8, 1993, and the Design Review Overlay Zone until January 10, 1994 at 4:30 p.m.


Commissioner Disney moved that the Board table the Boxelder Creek Floodplain Zone until November 8, 1993, and the Design Review Overlay Zone until January 10, 1994 at 4:30 p.m., as requested by Mr. Barnett.

Motion carried 3 - 0.



MEADOWS 6TH FILING; 116 ACRES; 3 LOTS (11-1-93).

This is a request to rezone from E-Estate to Open and for Special Review to allow a guest ranch/retreat center. Mr. Barnett noted this matter has been heard by the Board several times in an attempt to resolve an access issue, but no new developments have been accomplished since the last hearing with the Board. Staff Findings include: 1) The proposal complies with the intent and purposes of the Comprehensive Zoning Resolution and County Land Use Plan; 2) If developed and operated in accordance with the recommended conditions, the proposal will be harmonious with the surrounding area, and will have no effect on other properties or on property values in the area; 3) The proposal will not impair the public health, welfare, prosperity, or safety by creating undesirable traffic congestion, undesirable sanitary conditions, overburdening of utilities, or adverse environmental influences in the area.

Mr. Wyatt, attorney for the applicant, addressed the Board and submitted and reviewed two maps of the area with proposed changes indicated. Much discussion of the history, covenants, roads and road associations in this area ensued. Mr. Wyatt requested the Board to grant the rezoning, special review and approve an amended plat, which will create marketable titles to the properties in the area. Linda Best, applicant, described the intent and purpose of the dude ranch, noting it is to be a small private non-profit retreat center for up to 20 persons; she suggested the zoning change be Rural/Estate rather than E/Estate. Rebecca Elliott, attorney for the road association, noted that the association does not have a problem with the dude ranch; she suggested that the applicants for the dude ranch and members of the road association meet to work out a solution. The road association is requesting that the conditions of road maintenance and certain restrictions be submitted in writing. Mr. White stated that the Planning Department has no problem with the original request--the only problem is the access point, which has been the focus of all the discussions. After much discussion, the Board decided to approve the original request heard by the Board of County Commissioners on July 6, 1993, and instruct the parties involved to resolve the access problem--which is a civil matter and not one to be decided by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Planning Commission/Staff recommendations of May 19, 1993 are for approval of the rezoning of approximately 116 acres from E-Estate to RE-Rural Estate, and approval of a Special Review on approximately 39 acres for a guest ranch, with the following conditions: 1) Access shall be provided according to plans approved by the County Engineering Department, County Emergency Services Department, and the Glacier View Fire Department. Access across U.S. Forest Service lands shall be as approved by the U.S. Forest Service. No building permit, other than for footings and foundation, shall be issued until the road has been constructed and approved by the above agencies; 2) The property owners, and their successors, shall participate in any group formed for the maintenance of the access road. They shall also participate in the maintenance of any roads they use in Glacier View Meadows, to the extend required by the Glacier View Road and Recreation Association; 3) The applicant shall have prepared and shall implement a plan for mitigation of the wildfire hazard, in accordance with the County Hazard Area Regulation. Implementation shall occur prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy for any building; 4) Applicant shall install a water storage reservoir and other fire protection equipment as required by the Glacier View Meadows Fire Department and County Emergency Services Department. All equipment shall be functional prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy; 5) All construction must meet County Building Codes. No shake shingles or reflective metal exterior surfaces shall be used. Results of radon testing shall be provided to the County Building Department prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy; 6) All signage shall comply with the County Sign Regulation; 7) Unless developed by July 1, 1995, this Special Review approval shall expire on that date; 8) Dogs kept on the property must be leashed or fenced, as recommended by the Colorado Division of Wildlife; 9) Must comply with all County Health Department requirements pertaining to food service, sewage disposal, domestic water supply, and solid water disposal; 10) Grading and drainage plans must be provided for approval by the County Flood Plain Administrator, prior to approval of any building permits; 11) Payment of a Regional Park Fee of $170; credit shall be granted for the neighborhood and community Park Fees; 12) Except as otherwise modified by the above conditions, all development and operation shall be consistent with Zoning File Exhibit A (Application for Zoning Action dated 3/15/93, with the attached information); 13) All fencing is to be approved by the Division of Wildlife.


Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board adopt the Staff Findings and Staff/Planning Commission Recommendations of May 19, 1993 and approve the Double L Ranch Rezoning and Special Review (#92-MZ0186), with conditions as outlined above.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

The meeting recessed at 10:10 a.m.



The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 2:00 p.m. in regular session with Ralph Jacobs, Director of Personnel. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioner Duvall was present. Commissioner Disney is attending a Technical Advisory Committee to the Upper Front Range Regional Transportation Planning Group Meeting in Greeley this afternoon. Also present were: Patsi Maroney, Compensation & Benefits Specialist; Carrie Lindquist and Susan King, Members Employee Benefits Committee; Jane Jensen and Jean Moore, Representatives of William M. Mercer Company; and Bill Gordon, County Administrator. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.

Ms. Jensen provided a brief summary and explained the process undertaken to arrive at the decisions and recommendations offered to the Board today regarding the 1994 Employee Benefits Proposal. The analysis was based on an evaluation of the costs of coverage available from a variety of local insurance carriers and information was gathered through a competitive bid process. Two firms were interviewed as finalists--Blue Cross/Blue Shield and CIGNA; based on the written proposals and the finalist interviews, Mercer Company recommended that Larimer County contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado for medical insurance, pre-certification, case management and UR services, dental plan, and life insurance. Therefore, the following recommendations were made to the Board:



Commissioner Duvall moved that the Board approve the following recommendations made by the Personnel Department and the Employee Benefits Committee concerning the 1994 Larimer County Employee Benefits Program: 1) The County will accept the Blue Cross/Blue Shield rates originally submitted for continuing the Triple Option Plan and will switch to a minimum premium funding arrangement effective January 1, 1994, with the understanding that $500,000 of the past deficit will be carried forward to be recouped by Blue Cross/Blue Shield only when and if the surplus for any given year exceeds 10% of anticipated claims; 2) The County will pay the dollar amount of the "employee only" coverage for the option chosen by the employee; 3) The County will ask Blue Cross/Blue Shield to guarantee the trend figure that will be used for the 1995 renewal calculations; 4) The County will no longer use an outside utilization review company for the medical insurance; 5) The County will contract with Blue Cross/Blue Shield to be the third-party administrator for the self-funded dental plan effective January 1, 1994, and dental premiums will be increased 13% in order to cover the increased costs of the dental plan; 6) The County will contract with Life Insurance Company of North American (LINA) to carry the life, accidental death and dismemberment, and personal accident insurance policies effective January 1, 1994; and 7) The Board will appropriate an additional $20,000 to the Personnel Department's 1994 budget in order to cover the costs of examining and possible implementing a cafeteria-style benefits program for 1995, as well as appropriating $15,000 in order to cover on-going consulting fees for the current benefits program.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.



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The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:30 a.m. in regular session with Rex Smith, Director of Public Works. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioners Disney and Duvall were present. Also present was Bill Gordon, County Administrator. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.

1. USE OF COUNTY RIGHT-OF-WAY AT COUNTY ROAD 63 AND 61: Mr. Smith informed the Board that Mr. Aspinall of the North End Homeowner's Association requested permission from Public Works to fence an area at the intersection of CR 61 and 63; this area has been used for parking and camping for years and has been a source of contention for many. Subsequently, Mr. Smith granted permission for the fence, with two conditions: 1) A gate must be installed; and 2) The County could require the fence to be removed at any time. Mr. Smith noted that as soon as the fencing was installed, the complaints started. In addition, a letter and petition were received from the Trail Ridge Riders requesting the fence be removed, as they need the area for the parking of horse trailers. Mr. Smith is proposing to send a letter to Mr. Aspinall stating that before the fence was installed, Mr. Smith had the understanding that the request for the fence represented the wishes of everyone in the area; therefore, since it does not, the fence will be removed. Commissioner Disney suggested a letter also be sent to the Trail Ridge Riders proposing they adopt the intersection as a project and accept the responsibility for keeping it free of litter, etc.

2. REQUEST TO MAINTAIN BOULDER RIDGE ROAD: Mr. Smith noted that in 1990, a request was received from the President of the Sand Creek Park Property Homeowner's Association for the County to reassume maintenance of Boulder Ridge Road. The County had maintained the road from 1953 thru 1972 and in 1976 it was taken off the county-maintained road system. Mr. Smith stated that the problem is that the road is approximately six miles long, but the County only has the right-of-way of one or two miles. In 1990, the County responded that if the Association would like to contact the property owners in the area for the dedication of the right-of-ways along this road, the County would take over road maintenance. The Association did not choose to do this and the matter was dropped. Chairman Hotchkiss suggested the possibility of running a grader down this road once a year when the road equipment is in the area, but Mr. Smith stated that the most urgent need is for several cattle guards to be rebuilt. Mr. Smith stated that another factor to be considered is that if the land exchange by the Forest Service goes thru, all but a mile of this road will be Forest Service property. Mr. Smith will contact the Forest Service to determine what plans they have for the road.

3. REPORT ON COUNTY ROAD 54G AND HIGHWAY 287: Mr. Smith reported that the Colorado Department of Transportation called to inform Public Works that today improvements are being made at the intersection of County Road 54G and Highway 287.

4. DISCUSSION OF COMPLAINTS REGARDING CHIP SEAL: Discussion was held regarding complaints the Commissioners have received about the chip seal application being used on County roads. Commissioner Duvall asked if there were other alternatives to consider for road maintenance other than chip seal. Mr. Smith noted that chip seal is the most cost effective way of extending the life of pavement and the cost is one-fifth the cost of overlay, which would only last twice as long. Mr. Smith noted that chip seal seals cracks, makes the road rough, and increases skid resistance; the County pays for the chip seal program in subdivisions and that routine maintenance on overlay is done only when the Homeowner's create an Improvement District and carry the burden of payment. Mr. Smith stated that even though some complaints have been received, the majority of the homeowners are satisfied. Mr. Smith noted that if the County had unlimited funds for road maintenance, chip seal would not be used.

5. OTHER ITEMS DISCUSSED: Commissioner Duvall asked about the status of the map of all the paved and unpaved roads in the County; Mr. Smith stated that the map is done or will be very soon. Commissioner Duvall also had a call inquiring about plans for road widening and turn lanes on Highway 287 in front of Ron's Equipment & the Country Store. Mr. Smith stated this is State Highway and not a County road, but noted that in 1995 the intersection at Shields and Highway 287 will be redone, with signals installed.


Commissioner Disney moved that the Board go into Executive Session at 10:15 a.m. to discuss a personnel matter.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

The meeting recessed at 10:30 a.m.; no action taken.


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The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 2:30 p.m. in regular session with Mary Siebe, President Mary Siebe & Associates. Chairman Pro-Tem Duvall presided; Chairman Hotchkiss and Commissioner Disney were present. Also present were Dana Klausmeyer, Frank Lancaster, and Len Bammer, Team Facilitators; and Bill Gordon, County Administrator. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.

General discussion ensued regarding why Strategic Planning is important, what it can do for Larimer County, why is should be done, and where to begin. Commissioner Duvall stated she envisions the Strategic Plan being a living breathing document and not just sit on a shelf and gather dust. Ms. Siebe stated that Strategic Planning gives you an idea of what you want to create and where you want to go; it provides an opportunity to rally commitments and common purpose and align the values of the organization with the goals of the organization so that you are not creating a plan that doesn't reflect or isn't supported by the values and behaviors of an organization. Strategic Planning can help the organization create incentives for managers to want to get behind ideas to accomplish goals. Strategic Planning creates a target; the creation of a vision gives you the opportunity to create a new paradigm and is an on-going process. Strategic Planning can be used for accountability in looking at performance targets, management by objectives, and consistency in the organization. Ms. Stiebe recommended having a core group of people work thru the planning options in the planning process and then pull all department heads together in a common purpose. A question of Commissioner Disney's whether it is possible to develop a Strategic Plan for an organization that is as diverse as Larimer County was discussed and debated. Mr. Bammer is conducting an internal and external survey and when completed, this will help set priorities. Priorities need to be defined to tell us what we are looking at for the next 3 to 5 years, to find out what the people want, to look internally to see how we are supporting this, and to create a living document. Strategic Planning is a process and a product. Commissioner Duvall asked how do we set direction as a Board and yet not impose our vision on everyone else, and can you exist without a vision. Ms. Stiebe stated that the County has an opportunity to create a spark with a visiion; Strategic Planning is an umbrella. Many departments have plans and visions, and the umbrella (Strategic Planning) will unite them.

The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.



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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. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.

1. REQUEST FOR APPROVAL BY THE FAIR BOARD TO: A) INCREASE THE MEMBERSHIP FROM A 12-MEMBER BOARD TO 15; AND B) APPOINTMENTS TO THE LARIMER COUNTY FAIR BOARD: Mr. Gordon noted that the Fair Board has requested Board approval to increase their membership from twelve to fifteen and approval of several appointments to the Larimer County Fair Board:


Commissioner Disney moved that the Board approve the increase in membership from 12-Members to 15-Members for the Larimer County Fair Board, and appoint Kelli Jo Snider, Dave Jones, Loren Maxey, and Lorri McGregor, all for three-year terms to expire November 30, 1996; and appoint Everett Van Campen for a three-year term ending November 30, 1996; Danny Davis for a two-year term ending November 30, 1995; and Ed Aitken for a one-year term ending November 30, 1994; as recommended by the Larimer County Fair Board.

Motion carried 3 - 0.


-- Mr. Gordon submitted the Quarterly Report for the Third Quarter 1993 from the Larimer County Public Trustee and requested Board approval and the Chairman's signature.


Commissioner Disney moved that the Board approve the Larimer County Public Trustee's Quarterly Report for the Third Quarter, 1993, and authorize the Chairman to sign same.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

-- The Board received an invitation from Lyn Thor, Senior Chuckwagon Director, to attend one or more of the Thanksgiving dinners at seven sites on either November 22 or 23, 1993. The Board will check their schedules and each try to attend one of the dinners.

-- Mr. Gordon noted that the CCI Winter Conference will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Denver on November 29 thru December 2, 1993 and that reservations need to be made as soon as possible. As the Board plans to attend most of the Conference, there will be no regularly-scheduled meetings held during that week.

-- Mr. Gordon stated that Dr. Keith Olson has asked the Board for guidance concerning the future of the coffee shop in the Courthouse basement; his current supervisor will be leaving and he is wondering if he should hire a new permanent employee, and he needs new equipment. Commissioner Duvall would like a survey of the County employees to determine the importance of the coffee shop to them. The Board will remove this matter from the Committee studying the overcrowded conditions and make a decision regarding this matter as soon as possible. In the meantime, Dr. Olson should not hire anyone as supervisor on a long-term basis.

-- Mr. Gordon recommended that the Policy Worksession scheduled for tomorrow be canceled because of the short agenda planned; the Board agreed to the cancellation.

-- Two of the items on the Agenda for tomorrow's Worksession were Strategic Planning and whether or not another Employee's Meeting with the Board should be scheduled; Mr. Gordon reported that Mr. Bammer informed him that the Internal Survey on Strategic Planning, which he is conducting, won't be completed until the middle of December. Mr. Gordon asked if the Board would like Ms. Hart to put a questionnaire in "Inside Information" to determine the employee's opinions about the coffee shop. Chairman Hotchkiss suggested that the Employee Benefit's Committee consider this matter and do the survey.

-- Mr. Gordon has received several more requests for "find" items--in Finance they were able to purchase an item more reasonable than expected and realized savings of $684, they want to buy two compu-add monitors; Human Development had approval to purchase some items, but found they could not run their computers without a concentrator, they need $555; Community Corrections is requesting a FAX Machine. Mr. Gordon recommended the Board approve the first two requests, but ask Mr. Cooper to wait until after the first of year for his request.


Commissioner Disney moved that the Board approve the requests from Finance and Human Development for "find" items, as recommended by Mr. Gordon,

Motion carried 3 - 0.

-- Mr. Gordon noted that Neil Gluckman, Director of Employment & Training Services, does not have a vehicle and has requested being able to pay a small amount and obtain one of the vehicles being turned in for auction from one of the other departments. CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD was to grant this request for Mr. Gluckman.

-- Mr. Gordon informed the Board that Sue Cottingham is resigning from the Retirement Board. The Board will send a letter of appreciation to her for her fine services.

-- Commissioner Disney also requested that letters of congratulations be sent to the newly elected Council members and School Board.

At this time, County Attorney George Hass joined the meeting for Legal Matters.


Commissioner Disney moved that the Board go into Executive Session at 10:00 a.m. to discuss litigation.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

The Executive Session ended at 10:05 a.m.; no action taken.


-- Commissioner Duvall requested a Worksession with John Barnett, Neil Gluckman, and Lew Wymisner to discuss the Enterprise Zone and the Memorandum of Understanding with Fort Collins, Inc., to discuss options and what they might be able to do with various non-profit agencies and discuss options. After discussion of the Board's full agenda and realizing that this meeting probably couldn't be scheduled until December, it was decided that Commissioner Duvall will meet with these persons individually and try and resolve some of her questions and report back whether or not a meeting with the Board should be scheduled.

-- Commissioner Duvall noted that she has received the map which she requested from Bill Heiden, Road and Bridge Director, showing the paved, non-paved, and dust immobilized roads in Larimer County. The Board decided that this map should be mounted on the wall in the Commissioner's Conference Room.

-- Commissioner Disney reported that the meeting with the Berthoud Town Board last night went very well and they agreed to continue to cooperate on the planning effort.

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


Commissioner Disney moved that the Board approve the Minutes for the week of October 25, 1993, and the Agenda for the week of November 9, 1993, as submitted.

Motion carried 3 - 0.


Commissioner Disney moved that the Board approve the Carter MRD #(S-16-91) Amended Plat.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

LIQUOR LICENSES: County Approval was granted to the Cow Palace - 6% WITH EXTENDED HOURS - Fort Collins, CO; Vern's Liquor - 6% - LaPorte, CO; and Schrader Country Store #440 - 3.2% - Fort Collins, CO.


Commissioner Disney moved that the Board approve the following documents:




Estes Park Area Solid Waste Transfer Agreement)

Motion carried 3 - 0.

The meeting recessed at 10:20 a.m.


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The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 1:30 p.m. in regular session with Lani Van Eck, Housing Development Specialist. Chairman Hotchkiss presided; Commissioners Disney and Duvall were present. Also present were: Rena Mackrill, Director Human Development; Carol Gillespie, Community Development Director; Alfred Flores, Housing and Food Services Colorado State University; Mary McCambridge, Bank One; and Bill Gordon, County Administrator. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.

Ms. Gillespie described for the Board how the idea for developing a long-range plan for affordable housing in Larimer County evolved. Ms. Van Eck stated that the Larimer County Affordable Housing Consortium represents both public and private entities in Larimer County concerned with housing issues; Ms. Van Eck noted that the County must be prepared to meet both the present and future needs of its citizens, and the proposed Affordable Housing Information System (AHIS) is an on-going data collection system which can be set in place and will continue to provide the information needed to make informed decisions about housing needs and population in need. Ms. Van Eck described the three tools AHIS will provide: 1) Continual assessment of the need for affordable housing in Larimer County; 2) A current assessment of the resources available to meet this need; 3) A guide for developing and implementing the housing programs that Larimer County might want to pursue in the future. AHIS will be able to address the housing needs that actually exist at any given time; it will be an effective planning tool. Larimer County needs AHIS because there isn't a single source of information on this topic in the County. Ms. Van Eck described other options the Board might consider to obtain this information, but AHIS will be the most efficient at reduced cost and the people who benefit are the citizens of Larimer County. There will be many users of this service; banks, educational institutions, political parties, public service companies, county departments, quasi-governmental organizations, boards, commissions, ad-hoc committees, mailing-list generators, market researchers, students, etc.

Ms. Van Eck stated that AHIS will be coordinated by the Larimer County Department of Human Development and includes members from the Affordable Housing Task Force, Bank One, City of Fort Collins, Colorado Apartment Managers Association, Colorado State University, Fort Collins Housing Authority, Housing Authority of the City of Loveland, Larimer County Department of Human Development, Larimer County Housing Authority Advisory Committee, and the Shields Street Corporation. They have developed a step-by-step plan of action to develop the AHIS and consists of three major phases: 1) Hire a consultant to complete the design of an intake instrument; 2) Collect information about the current status of housing stock; 3) Work with the Consultant to develop a long-range strategy to meet housing needs identified during the first two phases. The AHIS process allows for a four-month start up period, and then data collection will begin. The first results of both population and housing stock data will be analyzed within six months of start up and will continue to be updated regularly. The total anticipated cost of establishing the ongoing AHIS is approximately $42,000. This is a single expenditure which will not be repeated; there will be no additional request for funding in the future. AHIS will be self-supporting and an Affordable Housing Trust Fund will be established for the excess dollars, which will operated as a private, non-profit entity. The design of the system provides for its maintenance costs on a fee-for-service basis. However, participating consortium members who have contributed, time, effort and money will have access to the information. Of the total amount needed, $19,000 has been committed by members of the Consortium as of October 27, 1993. The request before the Board today is for $10,000. It was noted that this is a County-wide system.

In response to Commissioner Duvall's question regarding what the Affordable Housing Task Force's position is on AHIS; Ms. Van Eck noted they are very supportive. Ms. McCambridge stated that all the special interest groups on this issue are coming together and will benefit from AHIS. Chairman Hotchkiss asked why this request wouldn't go thru Human Services Board. Ms. Gillespie noted that this is a program generated out of the Human Development Department in cooperation with the public and private sector. Commissioner Duvall expressed her concern about Fort Collins, Inc. spending money to bring people to Fort Collins, and should contribute to also provide for their housing needs when they get here; she would like to see less of a burden on the taxpayer and more responsibility carried by the private sector. Commissioner Disney wondered if there was some way to use the Enterprise Zone tax credits and work with Fort Collins, Inc. and the Private Industry Council on this factor. CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD was to postpone making a decision on this matter today until they have had time to explore other areas for funding; they will make a decision later as they are supportive of the concept.

The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.






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Sherry E. Graves, Deputy County Clerk

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