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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Monday, February 24, 2003

PETITION FOR ABATEMENT HEARING

LOUISIANA PACIFIC

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The Board of County Commissioners met with Paula Belew and Jon Cowling, Assessor's Office; Chair Bender presided and Commissioners Gibson and Rennels were present. Also present was Jean O'Connor, Recording Clerk.

Mr. Bill Crapser, Forest Research Officer and representative for Louisiana Pacific informed the Board that the Timber Industry is the only industry in the State of Colorado charged for raw materials. Other industries, which operate on Federal lands such as the Ski Industry, are taxes on the use of the land, but the Timber Industry is taxed on the materials of the land.

Timber Industry representatives bid competitively for a "contract" to remove timber on Federal lands and pay a "stumpage fee", whereas, the Ski Industry "leases" Federal land for the benefit and use of the public.

Ms. Belew read into record, two petitions for abatement from Louisiana Pacific-: Schedule # 1617675 for tax years 2001 and 2002 in the amount of $13, 426.84; and Schedule # 1617673 for tax years 2001 and 2003 in the amount of $9, 473.71. The petitioner's arguments for both schedule numbers, Ms. Belew continued, are the same.

Chair Bender asked why the Assessor denied the petitions and Mr. Cowling noted that denial is based on the Supreme Court finding regarding Vail Associates.

Commissioner Rennels stated two issues 1. Currently there is a bill before the Legislature to remove "possessory interest" all together and 2. Possessory interest is really a State issue and supports approval of the abatement.

Chair Bender and Commissioner Gibson concurred.

MOTION

Commissioner Gibson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the petition for abatement for Schedule #1617675 for the years 2001 and 2002 in the amount of $13, 426.84 and Schedule #1617673 for the years 2001 and 2002 in the amount of $9, 473.71.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

There being no further business, the hearing recessed at 2:50 p.m.

PROPOSED STORM WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN HEARING

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The Board of County Commissioners met with Scott Cornell and Mark Peterson, Engineering Department; Chair Bender presided and Commissioners Gibson and Rennels were present. Also present was Jean O'Connor, Recording Clerk.

Mr. Cornell briefed the Board on the proposed Storm Water Management Plan and requested approval to proceed with the application for a General Permit. The plan, Mr. Cornell continued, is an un-funded mandate from the State of Colorado via the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The permit is to be effective March 10, 2003, and that staff would be submitting the application immediately.

Mr. Cornell stated the process encourages smaller municipalities to "ride" on the permit of a county or larger municipality. Therefore, the Town of Berthoud will enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Larimer County agreeing to administer the Management Plan. Public awareness and education, Mr. Cornell continued, will be a large part of compliance with this mandate.

Chair Bender noted there is no public present for this item.

Commissioner Rennels recommended staff proceed with the application process and submittal to the State; the Board concurred.

There being no further business, the hearing adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2003

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

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The Board of County Commissioners met with Neil Gluckman, Assistant County Manager; Chair Bender presided and Commissioners Gibson and Rennels were present. Also present were Deni La Rue, Commissioner's Office; Diane Miller, Health District of Northern Larimer County; Gordon Thibedeau, United Way Executive Director; Larry Timm and Rob Helmick, Planning Department; Jeannine Haag, Assistant County Attorney; and Jean O'Connor, Clerk to the Board.

  1. PUBLIC COMMENT: Mr. Andy Moray and Ms. Mary Elizabeth Lanahan addressed the Board regarding development review and public hearing processes.

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 17, 2003:

MOTION

Commissioner Gibson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of February 17, 2003 as presented.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

3. REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 3, 2003: The Board reviewed the draft schedule for the week of March 3, 2003.

  1. CONSENT AGENDA:

MOTION

Commissioner Rennels moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the following items as presented on the consent agenda:

02252003R001 RESOLUTION ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO THE LARIMER COUNTY LAND USE CODE (Urban Growth Area Review Board)

02252003R002 RESOLUTION ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO THE LARIMER COUNTY LAND USE CODE SECTION 8.1.4

MISCELLANEOUS: Colorado Division of Wildlife Impact Assistant Grant Application; Letter of Support for Horsetooth Mountain Park Expansion Project, Phase II; Letter of Support for the Inlet Bay Recreational and Visitor Area Expansion and Improvement Project at Horsetooth Reservoir County Park.

LIQUOR LICENSES: The following licenses were approved Columbine Lodge- 3.2%- Bellvue, CO and Island Promotions- 6% Special Event- Fort Collins, CO. The following licenses were issued Lovin' Oven- Tavern- Loveland, CO; Carter Lake Marina- 3.2%- Loveland, CO; Boyd Lake Marina, Inc.- 3.2%- Loveland, CO; Burger Bay- 3.2%- Loveland, CO; and White Buffalo- Tavern- Loveland, CO.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

5. COVER THE UNINSURED WEEK PROCLAMATION: Ms. Miller provided the Board with statistics related to citizens without health/medical insurance and noted the proclamation will assist in public awareness.

MOTION

Commissioner Gibson moved that the Board of County Commissioners proclaim the week of March 10 - 16, 2003 as Cover the Uninsured week.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

6. PROCLAMATION TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS: Chair Bender presented the proclamation and requested the Boards' support.

MOTION

Commissioner Rennels enthusiastically moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve a proclamation in support of U.S. troops.

Motion carried 3 -0.

7. EMERGENCY CLOSURE POLICY: Mr. Gluckman requested approval of the closure policy noting minor "housekeeping" changes and updated media notification of any closures.

MOTION

Commissioner Gibson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the revised Emergency Closure Policy as presented.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

02252003P001 LARIMER COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY AND PROCEDURE 380.1E EMERGENCY CLOSING OF COUNTY OFFICES

8. PREBLE'S MEADOW JUMPING MOUSE: Mr. Helmick requested approval of a letter to the United Stated Fish and Wildlife Service addressing Larimer County's concerns with the Draft Economic Analysis and the Draft Environmental Assessment for designation of critical habitat for the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse and authorize the Chair to sign upon receipt. Mr. Helmick explained that staff has great concern that Northern Larimer County has been ignored in both drafts and that the impact to the County is actually quite significant.

MOTION

Commissioner Rennels moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve a letter to the United Stated Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse and authorize the Chair to sign upon receipt.

Motion carried 3 - 0.

9. WORK SESSION: Mr. Gluckman reiterated the Board's legislative breakfast next week.

Mr. Gluckman requested further direction from the Board regarding the Shooting Range Task Force and potential guidelines to achieve an outcome. Consensus of the Board is to set a work session to outline guidelines.

10. COMMISSIONER REPORTS: The Board noted their attendance at events last week.

  1. LEGAL MATTERS: None

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

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THOMAS G. BENDER, CHAIR

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

SCOTT DOYLE

CLERK AND RECORDER

(S E A L)

A T T E S T

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Jean M. O'Connor, Clerk to the Board

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