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PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY, MAY 26, 1997
Today was the Memorial Day Holiday and the Courthouse was closed.
TUESDAY, MAY 27, 1997
The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. in regular session with Neil Gluckman, Assistant County Manager. Chair Disney presided; Commissioners Clarke and Olson were present. Also present were: Marc Engemoen, County Engineer; Bill Gleiforst, Traffic Services Supervisor; Bob Holt, Fairgrounds Director; Patsi Maroney, Compensation & Benefits Specialist; Dick Anderson, Facilities Management Director; Lorrie Wolfe, Human Development Grant Program Coordinator; Wayne Buhlig, Weatherization Program Manager; and Deni LaRue, Community Information Manager. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.
1. OPEN SESSION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: The following persons came to the open session for public comment: Carol and Chuck Panella, Marie Jones, Julie Chaurin Meyers, Jim Harrington, and Charles Compton.
-- Chuck Panella, Vice President Fairway Estates Property Owner's Association, discussed the serious traffic issues which have evolved in Fairway Estates due to the increased amount of development adjacent to Fairway Estates. Mr. Panella showed slides showing conditions in the subdivision, discussed the current state of traffic conditions, the eminent future based on PUD's which have been filed with the City of Fort Collins; the measures they have taken over the past two years to try to mitigate the traffic problems and the results of those efforts, and proposed actions for the Board to consider today. Mr. Panela submitted and reviewed a booklet containing maps, pictures, correspondence which has taken place between the homeowners, the City, and the County over the past several years, a copy of the traffic study, etc.; he explained how traffic from Snead Drive, which was to be a temporary access, cuts through Fairway Estates to access Harmony Drive. Mr. Panella stated that the streets are 22 ft. wide with no curbs and gutters; he noted that they have had lots of meetings and the County has tried a lot of passive things, such as additional stop signs, which are routinely run, posted 25 MPH speed limit and "Residential-Traffic Only" signs, but nothing has changed. With regard to the future, Mr. Panella stated that the plan of the Harmony Town Center PUD is to extend JFK Parkway through the middle of the PUD and hook it straight across with Hogan Drive, and there is another PUD for a 25-acre retail shopping center in the preliminary planning stage; he noted that when these are completed, the estimated vehicle trips per day from both is 12,000 and if only 1%, 2% or 3% of those vehicles go through Fairway Estates, there is the potential for losing their neighborhood entirely. Mr. Panella noted that the City has agreed to make the Hogan Drive exit on Harmony, left-turn or right-turn only, but the City will not guarantee this, if it creates a high accident count; they also have discussed the installation of speed bumps. Mr. Panella stated that there is a high degree of support in the neighborhood to just block off the west end of Fairway Lane. Mr. Engemoen submitted a list of the steps the County has taken to address the traffic concerns in Fairway Estates and he agreed that it is a tough problem to solve; however, he stated that they looked at the traffic counts in the neighborhood and they are not inordinately high. Mr. Panella disagreed and said that the majority of the traffic is non-residential and there are 100's of cars per day driving through their subdivision. Mr. Engemoen pointed out two things on the City's Master Plan that will make a difference in Fairway Estates: 1) Fossil Creek Parkway will be extended, connecting College and Lemay Avenues in 1999, and 2) Highcastle Drive will be a connector street which will connect Boardwalk with Fossil Creek Parkway; he noted that these extensions and connections are segments of the street system that are intended to provide other ways of getting through the area so Fairway Estates won't be such an attractive cutoff. Mr. Engemoen discussed speed bumps and stated that many think they are more dangerous that the problem they are trying to address. Mr. Engemoen stated that they will review the information received today and come back to the Board with a recommendation.
-- Marie Jones presented petitions signed by 60 property owners in Stratton Park Estates in Rist Canyon in opposition to a commercial logging business that wants to use their private road; she stated that these roads have not been engineered for this type of traffic and cannot withstand the weight of the trucks. Ms. Jones stated that the property owners are concerned about the safety of their children because the roads are narrow and they would like a public hearing on this issue. Chair Disney stated that the Board will do some research to determine how much control the Commissioners have over this situation because the roads are privately owned and maintained; they requested Mr. Engemoen to check on this situation.
-- Charles Compton, property owner in Red Feather Lakes and Chairman of the Architectural Control Commission in the Pine Knoll Subdivision, submitted the letter he received from Forester Dave Lentz stating that the Commissioners have received a written complaint alleging a probable infection/infestation of Mountain Pine Beetle on Mr. Compton's property and it will be inspected in ten days to determine if the alleged pests are present and if the probability of the spreading of infestation to the complainant property exists. Mr. Compton asked the Board to withdraw or hold in abeyance the registered letter he received from the Board regarding this situation; Commissioner Olson stated that she will talk to Mr. Lentz and get back to Mr. Compton.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 19, 1997:
M O T I O N
Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Minutes for the week of May 19, 1997, as submitted.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
3. APPROVAL OF SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 2, 1997:
M O T I O N
Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Schedule for the week of June 2, 1997, as submitted and amended.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
4. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA:
M O T I O N
Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the following documents as listed on the Consent Agenda for Document Review for May 27, 1997:
MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS: Lange Minor Land Development Plat; Haumont Minor Residential Development Amended Plat of Lots 3 & 4; and Fort Collins Industrial Park Amended Plat of Lots 113 & 114. LIQUOR LICENSES: Licenses were issued to: Riverbend Resort - 3.2% - Loveland, CO.; and Loveland Country Store - 3.2% - Loveland, CO. County approval was granted to Gateway Liquors, Inc. - 6% - Loveland, CO.
A97-93 SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS AND THE ROOT GROUP, INC. (Provision of
Services for a Fire Wall)
C97-21 CONTRACT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS AND JAMES NYTES DBA JIM'S
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS OF ESTES PARK
(Road Work - Little Valley GID)
C97-22 CONTRACT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS AND COULSON EXCAVATING COMPANY, INC.
OF LOVELAND, CO. (Reconstruction of CR 17 and 2E from
U. S. 287 to County Road 6E - Project #170)
R97-56s FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE EXTENSION AND
REINSTATEMENT OF LAPORTE PLAZA PLANNED UNIT
DEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN AND PRELIMINARY PLAT
Motion carried 3 - 0.
5. BOB HOLT RECOGNIZED AS CERTIFIED FAIR MANAGER:
The Board of County Commissioners presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Bob Holt, CFE in acknowledgment of his recent certification as a Certified Fair Executive (CFE) and for his dedication to the Larimer County Fair and the Fairgrounds.
6. WAIVER OF VACATION ACCRUAL LIMIT FOR JOE FERRANDO:
Mr. Gluckman stated that a memo was received from Kathy Snell, Director Health and Human Services, requesting approval of a waiver of the policy regarding vacation balance accrual for Joe Ferrando because as of May 1, 1997 he will be over his allowed vacation balance by 59.0 hours; it was noted that this situation has occurred due to Mr. Ferrando taking on the additional duties of Community Corrections Interim Director. If the request is approved, the understanding will be that these hours will be used within one year.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the waiver of the Larimer County Personnel Policy regarding vacation balance accrual to allow Joe Ferrando to carry over 59.0 hours to be used within one year from the date he exceeds the allowable balance, which will be May 1, 1998.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
7. WAIVER OF PERSONNEL POLICY - HIRING OF NANCY LUBINSKI:
Ms. Maroney stated that a request has been received from the Clerk & Recorder for the Board to approve hiring Nancy Lubinski at step "M" of pay grade 135. Ms. Maroney noted that Ms. Lubinski was the Elections Supervisor for 10 years and recently retired; however, she has agreed to return to work as a half-time Elections Technician II and her experience in elections work far exceeds what is necessary for this position. Ms. Maroney stated that the Larimer County Personnel Policy Manual permits departments to offer salary up to step "E" without Board approval, but to hire an employee above "E" step requires approval from the Board.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Clerk and Recorder's request to hire Nancy Lubinski at step "M" of pay grade 135.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
8. SALARY ADJUSTMENT FOR VIRGINIA RILEY:
Ms. Maroney stated that the Health and Human Services Director is recommending that the Board increase the salary of Virginia Riley from a base salary of $56,252 to a base salary of $60,190, which is a 7% increase, to become effective May 1, 1997. Ms. Snell's recommendation is based on the significant increase in the duties performed by Ms. Riley because of the consolidation of the Social Services Department and the Human Development Department into the Community Services Department.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the recommendation of the Health and Human Services Director that the salary of Virginia Riley be increased from a base salary of $56,252 to a base salary of $60,190, effective May 1, 1997.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
-- Mr. Gluckman submitted a draft outline for the televised roundtable discussion of the External Plan for the Board to review before he proceeds with finalizing the outline; he noted that the roundtable discussion is tentatively scheduled for August 13, 1997 in the Commissioner's Hearing Room. After discussion, the Board concurred with the outline as presented.
10. PROBATION SPACE NEEDS:
Mr. Anderson noted that Chief Probation Officer Tim Walsh sent the Commissioners a memo concerning the space needs for the Probation Office stating that he wanted to meet with the Board today to discuss those needs; however, as Mr. Walsh is ill today, that discussion will be postponed until next week.
11. COMMISSIONER REPORTS:
-- Commissioner Clarke provided an update regarding the issue of the American Crepe Deli wagon locating in Old Town; he noted that the Health Department has received copies of letters sent to Paula Woodward, the Lt. Governor, etc. regarding how Mr. Shea, owner of the Crepe Wagon, is being mistreated by their department. Commissioner Clarke stated that he is going to write a letter to Mr. Shea stating that the Commissioners are interested in working with him, and that he needs to communicate directly with them as this will be a much more productive way to solve the problem; Mr. Shea needs to come in with a plan for the Health Department to review. Chair Disney suggested that a copy of Commissioner Clarke's letter also be sent to Paula Woodward, the Lt. Governor, and the Board of Health; Commissioner Clarke concurred with the suggestion.
-- Commissioner Clarke reported on the Trauma Legislation and ATAC Designation meeting he attended in Greeley last week; he noted that under Senate Bill 95-76, a Trauma Council is to be appointed and he is recommending that Dr. Chris Criberi and Dr. Eric Furman, representing Poudre Valley and McKee Hospitals, be appointed as representatives from Larimer County to serve on this Council.
12. STATE JUVENILE JUSTICE FUNDS:
Ms. Wolfe stated that the Sheriff's Department is sponsoring an application for continuation of grant funds for the Juvenile WRAP-Around Services; she noted that WRAP was initiated in 1997 to provide a way to purchase services for youth who had not yet committed a detainable offense with their goal being to keep youth from going into out-of-home placements by providing support to the youth and their family. Ms. Wolfe stated that the proposal for 1997-98 seeks $25,000 in State WRAP funds, matching $25,000 in local funds--the local match will be derived from $3,000 in County funds already approved and available in the Grant Coordinator's budget, $2,000 committed by Community Foundation, and $10,000 each from both Poudre and Thompson School Districts. The request before the Board today is to approve the use of $3,000 in local funds for the WRAP project, contingent on approval of matching funds from the State of Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the use of $3,000 from the Human Development (Community Services) Grant Coordinator's budget for the FY 1997-98 WRAP project, contingent on approval of matching funds from the State of Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, and authorize the Chair to sign the letter stating this commitment.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
13. REQUEST FOR PERMISSION TO ADVANCE WEATHERIZATION PROTEST:
Ms. Wolfe reminded the Board that the Larimer County Weatherization Program submitted a competitive bid against Boulder County to provide Weatherization services to Region VI (Larimer, Boulder, and Gilpin Counties) and Boulder County scored higher and was awarded the bid; subsequently, Larimer County filed a written protest to the Department of Purchasing, which was denied. Ms. Wolfe continued that the options now are to either accept the resolution and close the program or to file a written protest; after discussing the situation with Ms. Snell, staff, and the other agencies which were denied, she requested the Board's endorsement to proceed to the next phase of the protest of the bid award. Ms. Wolfe stated that they would like to proceed to the next step and file a written protest on grounds that the bid instrument did not adequately weight the factors of cost per unit and number of units to be weatherized; Mr. Buhlig noted that, in his opinion, the Office of Energy Conservation was given faulty information because in Larimer County's bid, we offered to do 46 more units for $95 less per unit, and if the purpose was to save money, they didn't play by the rules. Questions from the Board and much discussion followed; CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD was to proceed and file the 2nd protest of the bid award for the Weatherization Program by sending a letter, which the Board will sign, to Andre' Pettigrew, State of Colorado Director of Personnel.
At this time, Assistant County Attorney Jeannine Haag joined the meeting for Legal Matters.
14. LEGAL MATTERS:
Ms. Haag requested Board approval of the following documents for the sale of lots in Glacier View Meadows and Crystal Lakes: Contract for Lot 5, 12th Filing in Glacier View; Counterproposal Contract for Lot 81, 4th Filing in Glacier View, and a Quit-Claim Deed and Resolution for Conveyance for Lot 79 in Crystal Lakes 12th Filing, P.U.D.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve a Contract for the sale of Lot 5 in the 12th Filing in Glacier View Meadows, a Counterproposal Contract for Lot 81, 4th Filing in Glacier View Meadows, and a Quit-Claim Deed and Resolution for Conveyance for Lot 79 in Crystal Lakes, 12th Filing P.U.D., and authorize the Chair to sign same.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
C97-23 CONTRACT FOR SALE OF LOT 5, 12TH FILING, IN GLACIER VIEW
MEADOWS TO STEVEN R. AND MARGARET A. MANSON
C97-24 COUNTERPROPOSAL CONTRACT FOR SALE OF LOT 81, 4TH
FILING IN GLACIER VIEW MEADOWS TO EDWIN N. AND
WINONA R. HANSON
D97-17 QUIT-CLAIM DEED AND RESOLUTION OF CONVEYANCE FOR
SALE OF LOT 79 IN CRYSTAL LAKES P.U.D. 12TH FILING
The meeting recessed at 10:40 a.m.
ABATEMENT HEARING FOR BENENSON CAPITAL
The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 2:00 p.m. to consider several Petitions for Abatement. Chair Disney presided and Commissioner Olson was present; also present were Commercial Senior Appraisers Christine Murray and Patty Ring. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.
1. BENENSON CAPITAL/SAM'S WAREHOUSE - PARCEL #96011-17-001 - FOR 1994: The Board waited until 2:10 p.m. and neither the petitioner, nor attorney or representative, attended the hearing; therefore, Ms. Murray stated that after consideration of the cost, market and income approaches, it is the Larimer County Assessor's opinion that the value of $4,785,600 most accurately reflects the value of the subject property in Larimer County for the 1993-94 tax years.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners accept the recommendation of the Assessor's Office and deny the Petition for Abatement for Benenson Capital/Sam's Warehouse, Parcel #96-011-17-001 for 1993/94, and support the Assessor's valuation on this property of $4,785,600.
Motion carried 2 - 0.
At this time, Chair Disney left to attend the Resource Allocation Committee meeting in Loveland and Commissioner Clarke joined the meeting; Chair Pro-Tem Olson presided.
2. CONTINUATION OF ABATEMENT HEARING FROM LAST WEEK FOR THE MULBERRY PARTNERSHIP - PARCEL #97114-26-013 - FOR 1994/95 & 96: Property owner Ms. Siano addressed the Board and stated that she has met with representatives from the Assessor's Office and has reached an agreement for the years 1994/95 & 1996. Ms. Ring stated that after consideration of the cost, market and income approaches, it is the Larimer County Assessor's opinion that the value of $235,000 most accurately reflects the value of the subject property in Larimer County for the 1994 tax year and recommended that the value of $280,000 be reduced to $235,000; and that $282,400 most accurately reflects the value for this property for the 1995/96 tax years.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners accept the recommendation of the Assessor's Office that for Parcel #97114-26-013 the value of $280,000 be reduced to $235,000 for the 1994 tax year and the value of $282,400 be placed on this property for the 1995/96 tax years.
Motion carried 2 - 0.
LAND-USE PLANNING MEETING
The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 3:00 p.m. with Russ Legg, Chief Planner. Chair Pro-Tem Olson presided and Commissioner Clarke was present; also present was Assistant County Attorney, Jeannine Haag. Recording Clerk, S. Graves.
1. PINEWOOD LAKE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT (#97-RR0988):
IN AND AROUND THE AREA OF PINEWOOD LAKE, INCLUDING ALL
OF SECTIONS 30, 31 AND THE WEST 1/2 OF SECTION 29 AND
32-05-70 AND THE EAST 1/2 OF 25-05-71
This is a request to form a new Fire Protection District. Staff findings include: 1) A proposed service plan for the Pinewood Lake Fire Protection District was filed with the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder pursuant to State statute; 2) Notice of the proposed service plan was mailed to all taxing authorities within three miles of the proposed district pursuant to State statute; 3) A copy of the proposed service plan was sent to all referral agencies in the area to be served by the proposed district; responses from these agencies are included in the staff report; 4) The proposed service plan meets all the minimum requirements of State statute regarding the formation of a new special district. The Planning Commission/Staff recommendation is for approval of the proposed service plan for the Pinewood Lake Fire Protection District, with the condition that the word "eliminate" be changed to "reduce", as recommended by the Colorado State Forest Service.
Attorney Roger Clark presented evidence that the required mailing of notices of the proposed service plan was sent to all effected property owners; he informed the Board that two letters have been received requesting exclusion and the possibility of exclusion from the Pinewood Lake Fire Protection District. Mr. Clark stated that Joan and Robert Gottberg requested exclusion of their property at 13938 West County Road 18E from the Pinewood Lake Fire Protection District; he noted that this exclusion is acceptable to the petitioners and there will not be fire service to this property. The second letter from Marie Laskowski, Trustee, requested exclusion from the District until more information is received and then she will make a final decision regarding exclusion. It was recommended that the petitioners talk to Ms. Laskowski.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board adopt the staff findings and Planning Commission/Staff recommendation and approve the formation of the Pinewood Lake Fire Protection District, with the exception of Parcel #53100-00-030, located south of CR 18E, belonging to Joan and Robert Gottberg; conversations with Ms. Laskowski are to continue and whether or not that property will be excluded from the District will be determined by the Board of Directors for the Pinewood Lake Fire Protection District.
Motion carried 2 - 0.
The meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1997
PUBLIC HEARING FOR ENERGY IMPACT APPLICATION
PRIORITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Board of County Commissioners met at 2:00 p.m. for the 1997 State Energy Impact Assistance Program Local Priority Hearing. Chair Disney presided; Commissioners Clarke and Olson were present. Also present were: Robert Thompson, Community Development Program Specialist and Recording Clerk, Gael Cookman.
Chair Disney called the meeting to order and explained that one of the agenda items, an application by Larimer County for a Regional Impact Model, would not be discussed due to a conflict of interest as his own signature was on the document. Chair Disney noted that the Board would submit this application to the State with a memo explaining why there is no priority number assigned. Mr. Thompson then briefly explained the process of the hearing and assigning priorities to these applications.
1. POUDRE CANYON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT APPLICATION
Requested Amount: $22,700; Purpose: To Upgrade Emergency Response Vehicle.
Lisa Morgan, Community Representative for the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District, described the Fire District as a volunteer organization which provides both fire protection and emergency medical services to the community (approximately 60 miles of Highway 14, and 160 square miles of the surrounding area.) She stated this grant request is being made to fund the upgrade of a 1960 International Tanker emergency response vehicle which is currently being used to respond to all traffic and emergency medical situations, as well as all fire calls. Ms. Morgan outlined the main reasons they are applying for this Grant: 1) The demands for their services are increasing as they now are serving thousands of recreational users of the Poudre Canyon in addition to the homesteads within the community. 2) Both the Poudre Valley Hospital and Poudre Fire Authority have become more reliant on the services of the Fire District, and quick response is essential in this area. 3) The District is subsidized by property tax revenue but there are only 670 privately owned parcels in this area that contribute to this tax; a lot of the property in this area is being purchased by the U.S. Forest Service which further hinders the ability of generating more funds through property tax. 4) The community is committed to providing the best service they can as evidenced by the over 2000 hours of volunteer time spent training to keep their skill levels high. Ms. Morgan also explained that they do hold fund raisers such as garage sales, hamburger/hot-dog sales, etc., to help make up the matching fund of $10,400.
Jan Guzwell, Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District, explained the three pieces of equipment they currently have on hand; she noted that the water tank on the 1960 International is very rusted and sometimes the rust clogs the hoses making this a very inefficient piece of equipment to rely upon.
Some discussion followed, during which Chair Disney asked if they had considered raising the mill levy to help pay for new equipment. Jim Bennett, Volunteer Treasurer for the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District, stated that they would have to double the mill levy to accomplish this, and felt that the voters would not approve of such an increase. Mr. Bennett also stated that out of their $28,000 operating budget, $8,000 is committed each year to pay for insurance coverage. There was no additional public comment.
2. TOWN OF TIMNATH APPLICATION - Requested Amount: $30,000; Purpose: To Fund the Town's New Comprehensive Plan
Jenny McGraw, Mayor of Timnath, gave a brief history of the Town of Timnath, noting that is has always been economically based around agriculture. Mayor McGraw presented two maps which displayed growth of the surrounding communities, Fort Collins, Windsor, Wellington, and Loveland, emphasizing the fact that these communities are closing in on Timnath. Mayor McGraw explained they are applying for this $40,000 Grant in order to put together a long overdue Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Timnath which will help them become financially independent again and remain in control of their own Town. Mayor McGraw noted without a comprehensive plan in place, it will be very difficult to respond to the growth in the area. Don Taranto, TST Consulting Engineers, stated he feels the situation is almost desperate and that Timnath officials need to plan for the future of their community; he also explained that this master plan could provide the opportunity for installation of sanitary sewer systems, as the community is still utilizing septic tanks. Some discussion followed. Mayor McGraw indicated that she does not foresee any problems in obtaining the matching funds as Boxelder Sanitation District has earmarked $5000.00 and most of the community and surrounding areas have been contacted to obtain donations. Mayor McGraw questioned whether or not they could also tap into the conservation fund that is reserved for open space since part of this master plan would involve trails planning. Chair Disney stated that this would be something to discuss with the County Attorney. Sherry Albertson-Clark, Albertson-Clark Associates, stated that she had been hired by the Town of Timnath officials in 1994 to update their zoning and subdivision code, and since the Town is now operating under fairly current zoning regulations they are better able to deal with implementation.
There was no further public comment, and the Board began deliberating. Commissioner Clarke first disclosed the fact that he has a personal business arrangement with Mr. Taranto and TNT, which the County Attorney has determined does not create any legal conflict of interest; he wanted to assure all that this relationship does not affect his ability to be objective and fair in his decision making. Commissioner Clark stated that he understands the desperate need for proper equipment for the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District, but he is also concerned that most homeowners in Timnath are still on septic systems and feels this could become a health problem. Commissioner Clarke noted that both issues are directly related to the health and safety of the communities, but that he was leaning toward the Timnath proposal due to the growth factor and difficulty managing it.
Chair Disney stated he is leaning more toward the Poudre Canyon application as this issue directly relates to the safety and welfare of the community and deals with matters of life and death; he further stated that some of the concerns that Timnath is facing could possibly be worked out through PLUS. Chair Disney concluded he does see the need for a master plan for the Town of Timnath, but feels the Poudre Canyon needs are more pressing. Commissioner Olson stated that she was also leaning more toward the Poudre Canyon application due to the likelihood of their ability to implement this project within the time and budget constraints.
Commissioner Clarke stated that he felt it is important for the motion to be a unanimous vote and would support a motion to assign first priority to the Poudre Fire Protection District's application. Mr. Thompson reminded the Board that even though these projects are assigned priorities, they could all three still be awarded grants and that this would be decided at the State hearing for the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program which is being conducted in Granby this year. Chair Disney asked if Mr. Thompson would attend the State hearing with one of the Board members and push to have all three projects approved; Mr. Thompson indicated that he would do so.
Commissioner Olson moved that the Board of County Commissioners assign the Poudre Fire Protection District Application as priority one and the Town of Timnath Application as priority two, with the understanding that a great effort will be made to have one of the Board members go to Granby and press for approval on all three projects.
Motion carried 3-0.
Meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
JIM DISNEY, CHAIR
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
( S E A L )
Sherry E. Graves, Deputy County Clerk
Gael M. Cookman, Deputy County Clerk