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PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

MONDAY, APRIL 13, 1998

LAND-USE PLANNING MEETING

(#318)

The Board of County Commissioners met at 3:00 p.m. in regular session with Larry Timm, Director of Planning. Chair Olson presided and Commissioners Clarke and Disney were present. Also present were: Richael Michels and Dan Tasman, Planners II; Matt Lafferty, Planner I; Jim Reidhead, Director Rural Land Use Center; Brenda Gimeson, RLUC Technician; Lonnie Sheldon, Project Engineer; Doug Ryan, Environmental Health Planner; and Jeannine Haag, Assistant County Attorney. Recording Clerk, Sherry Graves.

Chair Olson noted that the following are consent items and will not be discussed in detail unless requested by the Commissioners or members of the audience.

1. BRIANNA LANE/SURI TRAIL STREET NAME CHANGE (#98-0S1213):

PORTIONS OF SECTIONS 26, 27 AND 34-08-70 AT THE MOUTH OF

RIST CANYON ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE OF COUNTY ROAD 52E

This is a request to name two internal roads Brianna Lane and Suri Trail within a new development of 35-acre lots to be known as Cloudy Pass. Staff findings include: 1) Unique street names are important and needed to accommodate addressing of each dwelling. Having specific street names within this subdivision and area will reduce confusion in locating specific addresses; 2) No objections to the proposed application or names proposed were received; 3) The proposed street name change will simply eliminate new addresses on County Road 52E, allowing individual addresses within the development area; 4) The County Health and Engineering Department, and all utility and emergency service providers in this area, reviewed the proposed street name changes and stated no objections. The staff recommendation is that the street names "Brianna Lane" and "Suri Trail", as illustrated on attachments in the staff report, be approved for the Cloudy Pass development.

2. CUSHMAN'S LAKEVIEW DEVELOPMENT 2ND FILING - LOTS 23-25 &

102 AMENDED PLAT (#98-SA1214): SW 1/4 31-07-69 - 4312 AND 4332

EDITH DRIVE IN FORT COLLINS; 1.9 ACRES; 4 LOTS; O-OPEN ZONING

This is a request for an Amended Plat to consolidate four lots into two lots. Staff findings are: 1) The proposed Amended Plat is in compliance with the Larimer County Master Plan, the Larimer County Zoning Resolution, and the Larimer County Subdivision Resolution; 2) The Amended Plat is compatible with other development in the surrounding area; 3) Approval of the Amended Plat will not result in any significant impacts to neighboring properties, the natural environment, or the provision of services and infrastructure; 4) Property values in the surrounding area would not be adversely affected by the Amended Plat. The staff recommendation is for approval of the Cushman's Lakeview Development 2nd Filing, Lots 23, 24, 25 & 102 Amended Plat.

3. CUSHMAN'S LAKEVIEW DEVELOPMENT 1ST FILING, LOTS 11 & 12

AMENDED PLAT (#98-SA1215): SW 1/4 31-07-69 - ANN STREET IN

FORT COLLINS; .67 ACRES; 2 LOTS; O-OPEN ZONING

This is a request for an Amended Plat to consolidate two lots into one. Staff findings include: 1) The proposed Amended Plat is in compliance with the Larimer County Master Plan, the Larimer County Zoning Resolution and the Larimer County Subdivision Resolution; 2) The Amended Plat is compatible with other development in the surrounding area; 3) Approval of the Amended Plat will not result in any significant impacts to neighboring properties, the natural environment, or the provision of services and infrastructure; 4) Property values in the surrounding area would not be adversely affected by the Amended Plat. The staff recommendation is for approval of the Cushman's Lakeview Development 1st Filing, Lots 11 & 12 Amended Plat.

4. MARSH ESTATES REVISED PRELIMINARY RURAL LAND PLAN

(#97-EX1004): 06-08-68 & 01-08-69 - 2 MILES NORTH OF THE INTER-

SECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 15 AND COLORADO STATE HIGHWAY 1,

7480 NORTH COUNTY ROAD 15; 350 ACRES; 20 LOTS; O-OPEN ZONING

This is a request to divide 350 acres into 20 single-family residential lots of approximately 3-5 acres each with the remaining land, approximately 270 acres protected in perpetuity as agricultural open space. The Rural Land Use Board, Director and Staff findings are: The Revised Preliminary Rural Land Use Plat proposal is consistent with the policies of the Rural Land Use Process: 1) The project's revised financial analysis supports the five additional single-family residential home sites; 35 single-family residential units possible under the current O-Open zoning of the property, the density and proximity of the residential development immediately to the south. The premium paid for lakeside residential lots and the general development pressure within the immediate area, especially use-by-right 35-acre division of land, support our believe that this is an appropriate project, within both the spirit and letter of the Rural Land Use Process; 2) The commitment to tie a significant water right, the Gray Seepage Ditch (adjudicated for 3.67 cfs, 1918), to the residual (agricultural) land in perpetuity; 3) The percentage of the project's land protected as open space: 77% compared to the required 67%; 4) The applicants' planning and design rationale for the location of the project's residential units in order to protect the viability of their existing farm operation and to protect the wildlife habitat dependent on access to the adjacent reservoirs. The proposed plan considers the various land development and design options, particularly the 35-acre alternative, for which there is no County review; 5) The plan's compatibility with the existing neighboring land uses; 6) A RLUP final fee of $850.00 will be collected for each new dwelling unit constructed at the time of building permit issuance; a note to this effect to be placed on the plat; 7) Larimer County Park Fee will be revised to reflect 19 additional residential units; the park fee current at the time of building permit issuance shall apply.

The recommendation of the Rural Land Use Director, Board and Staff is for approval of the Marsh Estates Revised Preliminary Rural Land Plan, with the following conditions to be met prior to approval of the Final Plat: 1) Approval of final engineering designs, including design of utilities, roads, ROW dedication, and stormwater plan, before Final Plat submittal; 2) Preliminary soil testing to demonstrate soil suitability for on-site septic systems; 3) Protective covenant (in perpetuity) and management plan review and approval before Final Plat; 4) Review and approval of final development agreement by County Attorney; 5) Review and approval by County Attorney of legal documentation attaching Gray Seepage Ditch water rights to residual land in perpetuity to be used for irrigation; 6) The following notes shall also be included on the Final Plat: a) Mosquitoes: The County does not have a mosquito control program; any spraying or other control will be the responsibility of the property owners; b) Wildlife: Wildlife such as skunks, snakes, and prairie dogs occur more frequently than in more built-up areas. Lot owners should be aware of these occurrences. The County is not able to mitigate nuisances if they develop, although information on managing these issues is available. The County does not perform prairie dog control, but can advise owners on how to obtain the services of licensed firms that do; it does monitor prairie dog colonies for evidence of plague. Animal control requirements for both dogs and cats should be observed; c) Adjacent agricultural uses: Farming practices on this and adjacent properties can produce odors, noise and dust. These are a normal part of agriculture and should be expected to occur; d) Horse pasture management: If livestock is to be kept on the smaller parcels, the owners must be aware that lots of this size must be managed very carefully in order to maintain grass cover in the pasture; e) Engineered footing and foundations shall be required on all structures; f) The results of a radon detection test conducted in new dwellings once the structure is enclosed but prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy shall be submitted to the Planning Department. As an alternative, a builder may present a prepaid receipt for a radon tester which specifies that a test will be done within 30 days. A permanent Certificate of Occupancy can be issued when the prepaid receipt is submitted; g) Road fees shall be paid at the time of building permit, if determined applicable by the Engineering Department; h) Park fees shall be paid at the time of building permit issuance; i) RLUP fees shall be paid at the time of building permit issuance; j) A fire hydrant with a minimum fire flow of 500 gallons per minute from a sustainable water supply on a minimum 6-inch water line or fire sprinkling of the homes is required by Poudre Fire Authority. The selected method of fire protection shall be adequately indicated on the Final Plat; 7) Homeowners' covenants, including architectural controls, will be reviewed prior to final approval; 8) The applicants agree to provide sales and other information to the Rural Land Use Center Director as necessary to insure that monitoring of the incentives can be conducted; 9) Owner or real estate professional shall provide purchasers of residential lots and the Farm with Code of the West at time of real estate closing.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners adopt the staff findings and the recommendations of Staff, the Rural Land Use Center Director and RLUC Board and approve the Briana Lane/Suri Trail Street Name Change (#98-OS1213); Cushman's Lakeview Development 2nd Filing, Lots 23-25 & 102 Amended Plat (#98-SA1214); Cushman's Lakeview Development 1st Filing, Lots 11 &12 Amended Plat (#97-EX1215) and the Marsh Estates Revised Preliminary Rural Land Plan (#97-EX1004); each, with the conditions as outlined.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

5. POLICY DECISION REGARDING APPEALS FROM THE MINOR

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS (#93-RA0202):

The Board of County Commissioners is considering the possibility of no longer allowing appeals of the Minor Residential Development criteria only as these criteria apply to parcels of 35 acres of more. Ms. Michels noted for the record that the Board of County Commissioners would like to eliminate the appeal process for property that was created by the State law's "35 acre" parcel exception provision; if adopted, the Board would no longer allow appeals to be made on a parcel of land created after 1972 by the provisions of the State law that allows parcels of 35 acres or more to be created without County review and approval. Ms. Michels continued that this proposed change in policy is not a change to the existing regulation; the policy was implemented in 1993 to allow persons to make an appeal to the Board for unusual circumstances on their property to be allowed to submit an MRD for review if they could not meet six criteria, and the appeal process was intended to provide a transition for persons who had planned to make an application but were unable to submit the application prior to the amendments made to the Subdivision Resolution. Ms. Michels stated that five (5) years have passed since the amendment was made to the resolution and the Board believes that is adequate time for transitioning into the new regulations.

Questions from the Board and discussion followed; the Board noted that this action will encourage people to go through the Rural Land Use Process.

Staff findings include: 1) The Minor Residential Development regulation changed eligibility requirements in 1993; 2) Appeals to this regulation have routinely been heard since 1993; 3) Using the Minor Residential Development process on property that has already been granted an exemption (or made into parcels of 35 acres or more) effectively gives those property owners a double exemption; 4) Creating 35-acre parcels without County review detrimentally effects land and the provision of County services; 5) Elimination of MRD appeals for parcels larger than 35 acres created after May 5, 1972, will not prevent owners of such properties from applying to divide their property with a Subdivision or Planned Unit Development. The staff recommendation is for adoption of the Minor Residential Development Policy change as outlined in an attached resolution, which will be submitted for the Chair's signature at a later date.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Disney moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the policy decision regarding appeals from the Minor Residential Development regulations concerning criteria for 35-acre parcels.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

Ms. Michels suggested that a copy of the above-mentioned resolution be included in the MRD packet when presented; Commissioner Disney suggested that Ms. Michels also prepare a one-paragraph summary of the resolution to be made a part of the packet. Commissioner Clarke recommended that information explaining the Rural Land Use Process should also be included.

The meeting recessed at 3:20 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING HIGHWAY 1

INTERSECTION MODIFICATIONS

(#318 @ 1500 & #319)

The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 7:00 p.m. at Eyestone Elementary School in Wellington, Colorado for a Public Hearing regarding modifications to the Highway 1 intersection. Chair Olson presided and Commissioners Clarke and Disney were present. Also present were Marc Engemoen, Director of Public Works; Brian Fraaken, Project Engineer; and Jeff Kuhlman, Colorado Department of Transportation Regional Traffic Engineer. Recording Clerk, Sherry Graves.

Mr. Engemoen reviewed the status of the budget for the Road and Bridge Department for road construction and maintenance in Larimer County; he noted that several years ago, it was ascertained that approximately $200,000,000 was needed for transportation improvements in the County and virtually all of the Road and Bridge Department's current budget is needed just to maintain the existing 1100 mile road system and only a very small amount ($50,000 to $100,000 annually) is available for capital improvements, such as improving safety problems. Mr. Engemoen stated that when an opportunity presents itself to use a grant from the State, or money from a developer, to make improvements, they try to take advantage of that opportunity. He noted that last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) approached them about doing some paving work on the county roads around Highway 1 as they knew there was an existing problem out there in terms of traffic accidents and the dangerous access onto Highway 1 from County Roads 9 and 15. Mr. Engemoen reviewed several charts showing what the situation was before with 4 access points onto Highway 1 at each intersection; he noted that it was decided that in order to improve safety, it would be better to consolidate those access points and have one single 90-degree intersection and add left turn lanes. Mr. Engemoen stated that he didn't fully appreciate that these intersections were used by large farm equipment and they thought the citizens would be very happy with the modifications; he noted that there was a lack of communication with the citizens and during the past two months they have tried to correct that by having several several public meetings and they have listened to the concerns and they are proposing some additional changes with the limited funds available. Mr. Engemoen stated that they have put in some intersection approach signs, crossing signs, more delineation, reflectors, and removed barricades to make the intersection more visable and he thinks it is a lot less confusing; he noted that they have also looked at what additional improvements should be made to address the concerns regarding accelerating and decelerating off the highway. Mr. Engemoen stated that the recommendation to the Board tonight is for approval to add right turn lanes and transition lanes for vehicles turning onto the highway to give them more opportunity for acceleration onto Highway 1 at each intersection, which will also provide more room in the intersections to accommodate turning movements of larger vehicles, he noted that these improvements will cost $33,000, which will be shared with CDOT. Mr. Engemoen stated that without spending $1,000,000 for reconstruction of Highway 1, there is not much they can do about the steep cross slope. Mr. Engemoen stated that to put the intersection back the way it was, which is being requested by many of the residents in the area, would cost $52,000 and they don't believe that would address the important safety concerns.

At this time the hearing was opened for public comment and the following persons addressed the Board with their concerns: Wilda Black, Del Black, JoAnn Balen, Jane Hale, Steve Goodwin, Dale Sipes, Loren Maxey, Ralph Houdeshell, Gloria Boresen, Bob Craft, and Janice Sipes. These citizens suggested other possibilities for Engineering to consider which, in their opinion, would improve the situation; they noted that what is being proposed is only a bandaid solution to a big problem. Ms. Hale suggested that instead of having all white reflectors, that there be some colored ones with different colors on each side of the road. Mr. Goodwin stated he has been traveling this road since 1916 and what has been done by the government has made it worse than ever and he would like to see it put back the way it was and will even take up a collection to pay for it; he suggested that farmers with common sense should be consulted before major road changes are made. Mr. Goodwin did express appreciation for the road improvements made on the Buckeye Road. Mr. Maxey described the difficulty of beet trucks entering Highway 1 and said that comparing $30,000 to $50,000 is not an important factor when considering lives saved; he requested the Board leave CR 9 open both ways. Mr. Houdeshell gave an example of the slope at CR 15 and Highway 1; he noted he had an accident at that site and got out of his car and slid to the other side of the road as the slope of the curve is 49 inches. Ms. Boresen stated that she appreciates the barricades being removed because they were confusing; however, she noted that what has been done has created a funnel and traffic jam at the intersection and she would like to see it put back the way it was. Mr. Craft noted that the majority of the accidents were coming off Highway 1 to enter CR 9 because it was not marked well and he stated that CR 15 should never have been closed. Ms. Sipes stated that the accidents occurred because people couldn't see to get off the road - CR 9 was not the problem, it was the bank of the curve and lack of reflectors and signs. Mr. Sipes stated that he talked to accident victims and they said there was not enough signage for safe access onto CR 9.

Mr. Engemoen stated that he appreciates the concerns about the conflicts with vehicles not having enough room to make their turns to enter Highway 1 and that is why they are proposing to widen the lanes, but he is not convinced that leaving CR 9 open is the answer because of the speeds that people travel. With regard to reflectors, Mr. Kuhlman stated that he can put in some red ones to help the situation; he noted that the slope of Highway 1 was built that way because originally this road was an expressway between Fort Collins and Wellington and it would cost $1,000,000 to take out the curves. Commissioner Disney stated that they are about to start an update of the Upper Front Range Plan and he wondered if straightening these curves should be on the list for prioritization; he noted that safety is the biggest rate factor in the criteria used for prioritizing projects.

At this time the public hearing was closed and opened for Commissioners' comments: Commissioner Clarke stated that he has listened to the comments of the citizens and the suggestions from staff and he weighed whether they should make it easier for the beet trucks to go north by leaving CR 9 open or safer for the people going south by leaving it closed and, in his opinion, it is best to make it safer for those going south; he agreed that the bank of the road is ridiculous but there is no immediate affordable solution to fix the curve. Commissioner Clarke stated that this is an unbelievable, complicated situation and the County should have discussed it with the citizens traveling the road before making any improvements, but there is no way to put everything back the way it was; he concurred that saving lives is important and in his judgement, 90-degree intersections are the safest and he thinks the solution staff has presented is the best solution. Commissioner Disney stated that he concurs with Commissioner Clarke and the Engineering staff that a 90-degree intersection is preferable in terms of safety; he proposed that the proposed improvements be considered as temporary improvements and that a project description be written for inclusion in the Upper Front Range Plan for permanent improvements to address the super bank of the road. Commissioner Disney said he will take the project description to the Transportation Planning Council and fight for the money because he knows that the traffic is only going to increase on Highway 1 and it is a safety situation that needs to be addressed; he also stated that he will talk to CDOT about these curves getting top priority for sanding during storms and he suggested that these improvements be completed by harvest time. Chair Olson stated that she has had many calls from people saying "Thank You" for the improvements which have been made because they feel safer on the roads now; she noted that she also supports going for a long-term solution.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Disney moved that the Board of County Commissioners accept the recommendation of the Engineering staff as proposed tonight as a temporary solution to a long-term problem, directed Mr. Engemoen to work with Mr. Kuhlman to prepare a project description so appropriate permanent improvements can be considered by the Upper Front Range Planning Process, requested that sanding on Highway 1 during snow storms be made a top priority, and, if at all possible, strive to have these improvements completed by harvest time.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

Commissioner Disney suggested that after these temporary improvements are made, that staff observe how they work and then decide what additional improvements are needed before the project description is written.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

The hearing adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 1998

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

(#319 @ 1000 & #320)

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. in regular session with Frank Lancaster, County Manager. Chair Olson presided and Commissioners Clarke and Disney were present. Also present were: Doug Will, Colorado Division of Parks; Joni Friedman, Director ETS; Dena Jardine, ETS Manager; Kim Nohava, Fleet Services Manager; Neil Gluckman, Assistant County Manager; Jim Reidhead, Director Rural Land Use Center; Brenda Gimeson, RLUC Technician; Gayle Morgan, Staff Services Manager Planning Department; Marc Engemoen, Director Public Works; Donna Hart, Commissioner's Office Staff Services Manager; Deni LaRue, Community Information Manager; and Kate Tremblay, Risk Manager. Recording Clerk, Sherry Graves.

1. OPEN SESSION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Laura Stone, Executive Director of the Larimer Land Trust, provided some background information on the Larimer Land Trust; she noted that the Land Trust was founded in 1993 by a group of citizens concerned about the rapidly disappearing open lands in Larimer County; it became a non-profit organization in 1995. Ms. Stone continued that so far the Land Trust has protected 800 acres of agriculture land, wildlife habitat, wetlands, open space, and scenic views primarily using conservation easements; currently they are working on 600 additional easements for 1200 acres and in December they received a $30,000 grant from GOCO to expand their services in the community and increase their effectiveness as a land conservation organization. Ms. Stone informed the Board that they have started a conservation resource center for the public to learn more about conservation easements. Ms. Stone invited the Board to their open house this Thursday from 3 until 7 p.m.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR WEEK OF APRIL 6, 1998:

M O T I O N

Commissioner Disney moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Minutes for the week of April 6, 1998, as submitted.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

3. APPROVAL OF SCHEDULE FOR WEEK OF APRIL 20, 1998:

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Schedule for the week of April 20, 1998, as submitted and revised.

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 on April 14, 1998:

MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS: FTC Business Center 3rd Replat; Community Development Block Grant for West Vine Stormwater Drainage; and Larimer County Applications for FY97-98 State Special Bridge Fund Monies. LIQUOR LICENSES: Licenses were issued to: Bob's Liquor - 6% - Fort Collins, CO.; Fox Acres Country Club - 6% - Red Feather, CO.; and White Buffalo - 6% - Loveland, CO. County approval for renewal of liquor licenses was granted to: Rustic Liquors - 6% - Bellvue, CO. and Rustic Resort - 6% - Bellvue, CO.

A98-55 TOILET/VAULT PUMPING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD

OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND D & K PUMPING

(Provision for pumping toilet vaults)

A98-56 AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS AND SYSCO EQUIPMENT & FURNISHINGS

COMPANY (Construction of Addition to Detention Facility including

an addition and remodel of the kitchen and location & expanded laundry)

A98-57 AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS AND FANCH CABLEVISION OF COLORADO

(Renewal of Cable Services)

A98-58 AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS AND CABLE SYSTEMS, INC. (Same as above)

R98-63z FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE PETITION OF

HARVEST FARM TO AMEND A SPECIAL REVIEW

Motion carried 3 - 0.

5. APPROVAL OF FINAL PLAT FOR AURORA HILLS SUBDIVISION: Monica Sweere, applicant for the Aurora Hills Subdivision, was present for the signing of the Final Plat for the Aurora Hills Subdivision.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Disney moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Final Plat for the Aurora Hills Subdivision, and authorize the Chair to sign same.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

6. UPDATE ON BOYD LAKE STATE PARK: Mr. Will submitted the Boyd Lake State Park Annual Report and reviewed the highlights of same; he noted that the purchase of the Heinrichy property, which is 30 acres located between the Park and the City of Loveland's Seven Lakes Park, was finalized in February. Mr. Will reviewed the possible funding sources for the potential purchase of the Hirsch property north of Boyd Lake.

7. PROCLAMATION FOR CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK:

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners proclaim the week of April 19-25, 1998 as Crime Victims' Rights Week and authorize the Chair to sign same.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

8. DISCUSSION OF CAR REPAIR AND TRANSPORTATION NEEDS FOR TANF CLIENTS: Ms. Friedman stated that the purpose for meeting with the Board today is to obtain support and direction from them regarding a possible solution to transportation problems for welfare participants; she noted that ETS would like to explore the possibility of purchasing services from fleet management to repair participant's cars, develop a car donation program in conjunction with the existing program of Project Self-Sufficiency (PSS), and coordinate with PSS on a car maintenance program. Ms. Friedman briefly described the three programs; she noted that previously when recipients had car problems, they could be exempted from work programs, but now transportation problems can no longer be used as a excuse for not getting to work. Ms. Friedman stated that they approached Fleet Management and they said they can help with this issue and not impinge on their other duties for the County. Discussion ensued regarding the impact this proposal would have on the private sector, liability and insurance, participants' accountability, etc. The Board expressed appreciation for the two departments working together and they indicated their support for the program.

Ms. Friedman took this opportunity to inform the Board that as they strive to meet their accountable work goals, they are starting to work with more of the individuals that are in long-term education programs and they are now having to seek work activity of 25 hours per week to keep their benefits, and some of them are not very happy.

9. CONFLICT RESOLUTION FACILITATION PROGRAM: Mr. Gluckman discussed the implementation of a program which will address and resolve moderate as well as difficult, long-term, and intractable organizational and community conflicts; he noted that the program will consist of certified staff facilitators that will help parties in conflict focus on the issues and create solutions that are acceptable to all sides. Mr. Gluckman stated that the recommendation before the Board today is to create a comprehensive conflict resolution facilitation program to train 6 to 10 county staff in the art of successful conflict and mediation resolution facilitation; he continued that potential facilitators will be trained and certified by professional trainers who will develop the course. Mr. Gluckman reviewed the recommendations for the Larimer County Conflict Resolution Program and the estimated program budget; he noted that the training should be a week-long session and he recommended staff receive incentive pay. Mr. Gluckman stated that the trained staff would be required to do a minimum of ten hours for the County each year; he noted he would like to start a pilot program this summer and will work in partnership with the City of Fort Collins as an enhancement to what they are doing in this endeavor and may be able to apply for some joint funding. Mr. Gluckman noted that the program will require a front-end cost of training, but in the long run it will save the County money because outside facilitators will not have to be hired. Commissioner Clarke stated that if we are going to train these people, he wants them to have some commitment to Larimer County.

10. ADDITIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE RURAL LAND USE CENTER (RLUC): Mr. Reidhead requested Board approval to hire a Secretary II (regular 1.0 FTE) and allow the RLUC to transfer operating funds to fund this position; he informed the Board that they have been surprised with all the interest they have had in the program. Mr. Reidhead stated that one of the RLUC's biggest assets are their people and for the long-term benefit for the program, they need some help and they need it quickly; he noted that it is in the long-term best interst not to hire a temporary employee because of all the training requirements. Mr. Reidhead stated that the fee schedule is in place and they are recouping expenses from application and hearing fees; he noted that the big income will come from the building permits and those are hard to anticipate because of the length of time involved. Commissioner Disney stated that he thinks monies for the Rural Land Use Center should be included in the new Open Lands Initiative in the future.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the request to hire one full-time (FTE) Secretary II for the Rural Land Use Center.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

11. APPOINTMENT OF NEW COUNTY ENGINEER: Mr. Engemoen requested Board approval to appoint Mark R. Peterson to the position of County Engineer; he reviewed Mr. Peterson's background and stated that he thinks the Board will be delighted with him - he noted that his consulting qualifications are in real demand.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Disney moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the appointment of Mark R. Peterson to the position of County Engineer and adopt a resolution authorizing same.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

R98-64g RESOLUTION APPOINTING THE COUNTY ENGINEER FOR

LARIMER COUNTY

The Board complimented Mr. Engemoen for the impressive presentation he made at the meeting in Wellington on Monday night regarding the proposed improvements to Highway 1; they suggested that he would be an excellent candidate for the Larimer County Facilitation Program.

12. WORKSESSION:

-- Nurse Practioner for the Health Department: Mr. Lancaster stated that the Health Department has found a nurse practioner they would like to hire for the Reproductive Health Program; he noted that there are 1 or 2 positions that are really hard to fill in the County and Nurse Practioner is one of them because there is such a high demand for that high level of nursing skill. Mr. Lancaster reviewed the qualifications of the person considering the position and he noted that under current policy, we would have to hire her at Step E and she is already making $7 more than our Step E; however, she has agreed that if we will go to Step M., she will take the job - which is still $3.50 less than her current salary. Mr. Lancaster recommended that the Board approve the hiring of a Nurse Practioner at Grade 156 at Step M; he noted that the funding would come from within the program, which is grant funded.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the hiring of a Nurse Practioner at Grade 156 at Step M for the Reproductive Health Program, as requested.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

-- County Seat for a Day in Wellington: Ms. LaRue submitted a flyer announcing County Seat for a Day in Wellington next Tuesday, April 21, 1998. Ms. LaRue also informed the Board about the Arbor Day Tree Give-Away on Friday; it was noted that the trees were purchased with funds received from the sale of computer paper for recycling.

-- CCI Conference in June: Mr. Lancaster informed the Board that the Summer CCI Conference will be held in Crested Butte the week of June 8 through 11, 1998.

-- Invitations: Ms. Hart reviewed the pending invitations with the Board.

13. COMMISSIONER REPORTS:

-- The Board provided an update for Mr. Lancaster on the Monday night meeting on the proposed improvements to the Highway 1 intersection and again re-emphasized what a great presentation Mr. Engemoen made before the citizens.

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14. EXECUTIVE SESSION - WORKERS' COMPENSATION SETTLEMENT:

M O T I O N

Commissioner Disney moved that the Board of County Commissioners go into Executive Session with Ms. Tremblay at 11:30 to discuss a Workers' Compensation settlement.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

The Executive Session ended at 11:35 a.m. and the Board took the following action:

M O T I O N

Commissioner Clarke moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve a Worker's Compensation full and final settlement in the amount of $75,000 to be paid to Fred Rosenberg.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

The meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m.

___________________________________________

CHERYL OLSON, CHAIR LARIMER COUNTY

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

( S E A L )

ATTEST:

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Sherry E. Graves, Deputy County Clerk

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