MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
There were no meetings held on Monday, March 24, 2014.
TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS MEETING
The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. with Neil Gluckman, Assistant County Manager. Chair Donnelly presided and Commissioners Johnson and Gaiter were present. Also present were: Donna Hart, Bob Keister, Deni LaRue, Suzanne Bassinger and Lori Hodges, Commissioners’ Office; Gary Buffington, Meegan Flenniken and Jeffrey Boring, Natural Resources Department; Steve Gillette, Solid Waste Department; Mark Peterson and Charlie Johnson, Engineering Department; Marc Engemoen, Public Works Department; Jeaninne Haag, County Attorney’s Office; and Denise Ruybal, Deputy Clerk.
Chair Donnelly opened the meeting up to public comment giving citizens the opportunity to address the Commissioners regarding events and issues pertaining to Larimer County. Mel Hilgenberg, Margaret Griffin and Eric Sutherland addressed the Board of Commissioners with issues pertaining to Larimer County.
Chair Donnelly then led the Pledge of Allegiance.
1. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 17, 2014:
M O T I O N
Commissioner Gaiter moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of March 17, 2014 as presented.
Motion carried 3-0.
2. REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 31, 2014: Ms. Hart reviewed the upcoming schedule with the Board.
3. CONSENT AGENDA:
M O T I O N
Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the consent agenda as outlined below:
03252014R001 FINDINGS AND ORDER – CHOICE ORGANICS RETAIL MARIJUANA LICENSES
03252014R002 FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE MEADOWLARK RIDGE CONSERVATION DEVELOPMENT EXTENSTION AND THIRD DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT AMENDMENT
03252014R003 FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE AMENDED PLAT OF LOTS 1A AND 2A IN THE MALCHOW MINOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
03252014R004 FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE KETCHER FARM PLANNED LAND DIVISION PRELIMINARY PLAT
03252014R005 FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE BREWSTER ACCESSORY LIVING AREA APPEAL
03252014R006 LOT CONSOLIDATION RESOLUTION APPROVING THE CONSOLIDATION OF LOTS 64 AND 65 OF CRYSTAL LAKES SUBDIVISION
MISCELLANEOUS: Recommended appointment of Lonnie Berett and Ronald Guell to GID#4 Carriage Hills beginning March 25, 2014, through November 30, 2018; Retail Sales Marijuana License for Choice Organics; Retail Cultivation License for Choice Organics.
LIQUOR LICENSES: The following licenses were approved and/or issued: Horsetooth Liquor – Retail Liquor Store – Fort Collins; Forks Food N Fuel – 3.2 % Beer – Livermore.
Motion carried 3-0.
4. RECOGNITION OF FIRST PLACE AWARD FOR DENI LARUE FROM THE COLORADO BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION: Ms. LaRue received the 1st Place award for ‘Best Talk Show Host’, major market category, for Community at Work at KFRCfm, and a Certificate of Merit for ‘Public Affairs Program – KRFC/Community at Work’ CAW.
5. UPDATE ON LARIMER COUNTY FLOOD 2013 RECOVERY AND UPDATE ON SPRING PREPAREDNESS: Ms. Hodges and Ms. Bassinger updated the Board of Commissioners on the status of recovery efforts and impacts and effects on County Government, our economy and the lives of our citizens. Public outreach has concentrated on volunteers not cleaning streambeds, as this disrupts the ecosystem, information regarding the spring runoff, and an evacuation plan taking Buckhorn Road into consideration. The Red Cross has donated $9,500.00 to assist Larimer County with the sandbag project in anticipation of the spring runoff.
6. 2013 STATE OF THE RESOURCE REPORT FROM NATURAL RESOURCES: This is the second year the ‘State of the Resource Report’ has been published. Mr. Boring presented the report which highlights a number of land management projects completed in 2013 ranging from post flood trail reconstruction projects, to employing insects to assist in controlling invasive species, to partnerships with researchers who have newly documented significant plant and wildlife resources on the open spaces.
7. LANDFILL GAS UPDATE AND REQUEST FOR EXTENSION FOR LARIMER ENERGY LLC: Larimer Energy LLC is continuing to work on a possible use of the landfill gas with the City of Fort Collins and other governmental agencies The two year extension will allow Larimer Energy LLC to work on turning the landfill gas into compressed natural gas for use in the Fort Collins Transfort buses as well as with the City of Loveland.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Gaiter moved that the Board of Commissioners approve an additional two year extension to come into commercial operation for use of the landfill gas for Larimer Energy LLC.
Motion carried 3-0.
8. BOXELDER STORMWATER AUTHORITY – FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT FOR STORMWATER COOPERATION IN THE BOXELDER BASIN AND COUNTY ROAD 52 INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT – MEETING NOTICES: The Boxelder Basin Regional Storm Water Authority was created by an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between Larimer County, the City of Fort Collins and the Town of Wellington in 2008. The purpose of the Authority was to implement the regional storm water projects of the Boxelder Master Plan. The Authority has applied for a low interest loan from the Colorado Water Conversation Board that would finance most of the remaining regional storm water projects. In addition, the Town of Timnath, through the Timnath Development Authority (TDA), has executed a separate intergovernmental agreement with the Authority that commits the TDA to fund 25 percent of the Eastside Detention Facility and the Larimer Weld Canal Spill Structure. This first amendment to the intergovernmental agreement allows the Authority to borrow up to $9,000,000.00 for the regional flood control and storm water management projects. The amendment also provides some specific procedures for analysis of storm water and fees from non-tributary areas and criteria under which the Authority could terminate in the future by mutual agreement between the original parties to the IGA. Fort Collins and Wellington have already adopted the first amendment to the IGA by resolution. Much discussion ensued between the Board of Commissioners, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Engemoen and Ms. Haag. It was the consensus of the Board that a 20 year sunset be added to the amendment. The revision would require the City of Fort Collins and Wellington to review and sign the revised amendment.
9. SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPIATION OF FUNDS FOR AN OFFICE ASSISTANT POSITION IN THE COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE: Ms. Haag addressed the Board of Commissioners with the need for an Office Assistant which would allow the office business manager, paralegals, attorneys, and other staff to focus on non-ministerial functions in addition to providing additional coverage for the office during staff absences. Mr. Gluckman mentioned that other departments that would be coming in with similar requests for additional staffing. Mr. Gluckman recommended that the Board of Commissioners review all these requests at once and determine approvals based on the budget and priority of the departments submitting the requests. After some discussion, the Board of Commissioners agreed that they would review all requests for new positions at once and will make their decision after all requests have been reviewed.
10. WORKSESSION: Mr. Gluckman asked Mr. Engemoen and Mr. Peterson to provide an update on County Road 27. Currently a temporary improvement to the current alignment is priority. Two options include constructing a temporary road for approximately 6 weeks at a cost of $400,000.00 with the possibility of no reimbursement from FEMA. The second option is constructing a temporary road for approximately 6 months at a cost at $700,000.00 with possible reimbursement from FEMA. The possibility of FEMA reimbursement, and whether the County has the Right of Way for the construction of the road are questions that need to be answered before a decision can be made. The Board of Commissioners asked that these questions be researched and presented to the Board of Commissioners next Tuesday.
Discussion ensued between Mr. Gluckman and the Board of Commissioners regarding the Ramp Funding for the I-25 project. This funding is for design and Right of Way acquisition pertaining to the addition of a third lane on I-25. After some discussion, the Board of Commissioners agreed to send a letter to the Colorado Department of Transportation supporting the continued use of the grant for design and Right of Way acquisition and asking the State of Colorado to make an application for a TIGRE grant for the I-25 widening project for the third lane construction. Mr. Peterson will have this letter for the Board of Commissioners next Tuesday.
Mr. Gluckman presented the Board of Commissioners with a request from the Buckeye Community Club. The Club submitted a grant application to help fund their preservation efforts for the Buckeye School. Their request for the grant was denied but with modifications to the application and another letter from the Commissioners, the application has a chance of being approved. It was the consensus of the Board of Commissioners to sign the letter in support of the grant.
11. COMMISSIONER ACTIVITY REPORTS: The Board reviewed their activities during the previous week.
12. LEGAL MATTERS: There were no legal matters for discussion.
The meeting recessed at 11:10 a.m.
The Board of County Commissioners reconvened at 3:00 p.m. for the abatement hearing. Chair Donnelly presided and Commissioners Johnson and Gaiter were present. Also present were Jody Masters, Assessor’s Office; and Denise Ruybal, Deputy Clerk.
Ms. Master presented the appraisal report from the Assessor’s office regarding the property located at 2915 Brumbaugh Drive in Fort Collins, Colorado. She explained the assessed value to be $321.600.00 based on the evidence collected. Some discussion ensued regarding the report.
The petitioner, Henry Regis, presented his evidence and request to lower the tax valuation from $321,600.00 to between 295,000.00 and $305,000.00.
Discussion ensued between all parties present and it was determined that the increase in value was justified due to the property’s value being artificially low and the property’s value catching up to the market.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of Commissioners uphold the Assessor’s valuation of the property located at 2915 Brumbaugh Drive, Fort Collins, Colorado, in the amount of $321,600.00.
Motion carried 3-0.
The hearing adjourned at 3:30.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CLERK AND RECORDER
Denise M. Ruybal, Deputy Clerk