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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2007

 

The Courthouse offices were closed today in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2007

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

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The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. with County Manager Frank Lancaster.  Chair Rennels presided and Commissioners Gibson and Eubanks were present.  Also present were:  Donna Hart, and Deni LaRue, Commissioners’ Office; Larry Abrahamson, District Attorney; Gary Buffington, Parks and Open Lands; and Gael Cookman, Deputy Clerk.

 

1.  PUBLIC COMMENT:  David Miller addressed the Board to speak against term-limit extensions for the District Attorney.  Mr. Miller presented a list of reasons, from his perceptive, as to why the current District Attorney term-limits should be upheld.   The Board thanked Mr. Miller for his comments.

                   

2.  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 27, 2007:

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Gibson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of August 27, 2007.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

3.  REVIEW THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10, 2007:  Ms. Hart reviewed the upcoming schedule with the Board.

 

4.  CONSENT AGENDA:

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Eubanks moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the following items as presented on the Consent Agenda for September 4, 2007:

 

09042007A001           AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THROUGH THE LARIMER COUNTY WORKFORCE CENTER, AND LARIMER CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH

 

09042007A002           AGREEMENT CONCERNING ELECTION SERVICES BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THROUGH THE LARIMER COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER, AND THOMPSON SCHOOL DISTRICT R2-J

 

09042007A003           AGREEMENT CONCERNING ELECTION SERVICES BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THROUGH THE LARIMER COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER, AND BERTHOUD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

 

09042007A004           AGREEMENT CONCERNING ELECTION SERVICES BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THROUGH THE LARIMER COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER, AND POUDRE SCHOOL DISTRICT R-1

 

09042007A005           AGREEMENT CONCERNING ELECTION SERVICES BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THROUGH THE LARIMER COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER, AND THE CITY OF FORT COLLINS

 

09042007A006           AGREEMENT CONCERNING ELECTION SERVICES BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THROUGH THE LARIMER COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER, AND THE TOWN OF WINDSOR

 

09042007A007           AGREEMENT CONCERNING ELECTION SERVICES BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THROUGH THE LARIMER COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER, AND THE CITY OF LOVELAND

 

09042007A008           AGREEMENT CONCERNING ELECTION SERVICES BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THROUGH THE LARIMER COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER, St. VRAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1J

 

09042007A009           MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BY AND BETWEEN THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, A DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA NON-PROFIT CORPORATION, ACTING THROUGH ITS COLORADO FIELD OFFICE AND LARIMER COUNTY COLORADO

 

09042007A010           GRANT AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, AND THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, A DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA NON-PROFIT CORPORATION

 

09042007R001           RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING COMPENSATION FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY APPOINTED OFFICIALS (Erin J. McElroy)

 

MISCELLANEOUS:  Larimer County Public Trustee Quarterly Report for 2nd Quarter 2007; Support Letter to Great Outdoors Colorado.

 

LIQUOR LICENSES:  The following liquor licenses were approved and issued:  Vern’s Liquor - Retail Liquor Store - LaPorte; Ram’s Horn & Colorado State University - Hotel & Restaurant - Fort Collins.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

5.  REQUEST TO CONVERT A SEASONAL EMPLOYEE TO A LIMITED TERM EMPLOYEE (LTE) IN THE PARKS AND OPEN LANDS DEPARTMENT:  Mr. Buffington requested approval to convert Vic Wilcox’s 9 month seasonal position to a LTE position.  He explained that Mr. Wilcox has been with the department for 8 years and he fulfils many of the duties of a full-time employee.  Mr. Buffington noted that this action would solidify the department's commitment to keeping skilled rangers employed and in place for citizens utilizing the parks.  

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Gibson moved that the Board of County Commissioner approve converting Vic Wilcox’s 9 month seasonal position to a Limited Term Employee positions. 

 

Motion Carried 3-0.

 

6.  RESOLUTION TO PLACE A BALLOT PROPOSAL BEFORE THE VOTERS TO EXTEND THE TERM LIMITS FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY FROM TWO TO THREE TERMS:   Mr. Abrahamson requested Board approval to place a measure on the November ballot to extend the term limits for the District Attorney from two four-year terms, to three four-year terms.  Mr. Abrahamson explained that this request is not political in nature, as District Attorney’s are focused more on the criminal justice system, and not whether fellow District Attorney’s are affiliated as a Republican or Democrat.  Mr. Abrahamson also noted that he is working towards changing the term limit restrictions for the office of District Attorney; and not the individual in office.  And finally, Mr. Abrahamson stated that this issue needs to be passed by a consecutive vote of the people in both Jackson County and Larimer County, as the District encompasses both counties.  The Board agreed to support this measure, since all other elected officials can serve for three terms, and this would create consistency amongst them. 

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Eubanks moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve placing the ballot proposal before the voters to extend the term limit for District Attorney from two to three terms.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

09042007R002           RESOLUTION REGARDING BALLOT LANGUAGE TO INCREASE TERM LIMITS FOR THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY

 

 

7.   WORKSESSION:  There were no worksession items to discuss.

 

8.   COMMISSIONER REPORTS:  The Board discussed their activities at events during the past week.

 

9.  LEGAL MATTERS:  There were no legal matters to discuss.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:55 a.m.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2007

 

 

SPECIAL MEETING TO RESCIND PRIOR ACTION OF THE BOARD

(#118)

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 2:00 p.m. with County Manager Frank Lancaster.  Chair Rennels presided and Commissioners Gibson and Eubanks were present.  Gael Cookman was also in attendance as Clerk to the Board.

 

Mr. Lancaster explained that Larry Abrahamson discovered that Jackson County has cancelled elections in their jurisdiction, as there were no items to vote on this fall.  Mr. Abrahamson did not feel it was appropriate to ask Jackson County to incur the expense of an election just for the purpose of extending term limits for the District Attorney, since this issue can placed on the ballot at some point in the future. 

 

M O T I O N

Commissioner Eubanks moved that the Board of County Commissioners rescind approval of placing a ballot proposal for the 2007 election, to extend the term limit for District Attorney from two to three terms, due to the fact that Jackson County will not be holding a 2007 election, and this issue must be proposed to both counties during the same election.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

09042007R002           RESOLUTION REGARDING BALLOT LANGUAGE TO INCREASE TERM LIMITS FOR THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY  -- RESCINDED --

 

 

The meeting ended at 2:05 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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                        KATHAY RENNELS, CHAIR

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

SCOTT DOYLE

CLERK AND RECORDER

 

ATTEST:

 

 

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Gael M. Cookman, Deputy Clerk