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BOCC Minutes August 23, 2022



August 23, 2022





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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Montezuma County, Colorado, held on Tuesday August 23, 2022 at the Montezuma County Administration building in Cortez, Colorado, there were present:




Jim Candelaria, Chairman

Kent Lindsay, Vice Chairman

Gerald Koppenhafer, Commissioner of Deeds

Travis Anderson, County Administrator

Ian MacLaren, County Attorney

Kim Percell, County Clerk





MINUTES: Commissioner Lindsay moved to accept the minutes of the Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners Montezuma County, Colorado dated Tuesday, August 16, 2022, as presented.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.


PUBLIC HEARING: It being the time set aside a continued public hearing is held for review and determination of a proposed 10 Lot Major Subdivision & Rezoning Application, submitted by Wes & Rebecca Jones, on property located at TBD Road 26, Dolores, CO, consisting of 35.81 acres, more or less, located south of Hwy 184, west of Road 26, situated in Section 11, T.37N, R.16W, N.M.P.M..  The roll was called, the public notice read, and the proceedings were recorded for the record.  Mr. Jones was present.  Planning Director, Don Haley with Assistant, S. Jane Duncan presented the details of the application and the findings of the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Commissioner Candelaria opened the hearing to public comment.  Hearing no public comment that portion of the hearing was closed.  After hearing all the evidence presented Commissioner Lindsay moved to accept the proposed 10 lot major subdivision and rezoning application, submitted by Wes & Rebecca Jones, on property located at TBD Road 26, Dolores, CO.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  Commissioner Candelaria closed the hearing at this time.  (See attached)


PUBLIC COMMENT: No public comment was made.


BOARD OF COUNTY HEALTH:  Public Health Director, Bobbie Lock met with the Commissioners and gave highlights for the Department.  Topics discussed included: current staffing and available positions, an update on the Monkeypox, a COVID vaccine booster, free COVID home tests, the scheduled Pamper Your Baby Grant distribution days, the Food Pantry Grant distribution program, staff currently certified to be child passenger safety seat technicians and the future scheduling of flu clinics. 

Colorado National Collaboration for Suicide Prevention Coordinators, Arlina Yazzie along with Katy Maxwell discussed the scheduled RISE Southwest Suicide Awareness Walk.  The event will be held September 10, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Montezuma Park.  (See attached)   


VETERANS SERVICE: Veteran Service Officer, Sara Kuhn met with the Commissioners to give a monthly report.  A copy of the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, County Veterans Service Officers Monthly Report and Certification of Pay, July 2022 was presented for the record.  Other topics discussed included; the July 2022 financial report, a review of office activities, statistical data and the indirect income to Montezuma County.  Office Kuhn reported that the Stand Down for Veterans event was scheduled for September 17, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the County Annex Building.  (See attached).


MONTEZUMA COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION (MCCO): MCCO Manager, Jennifer Morris met with the Commissioners to give a monthly report.  Manager Morris reported that the ride number was around 700-750, that they were still down 3-4 part time employees, that the new van had been approved but the pricing had changed so it had been postponed for CDOT negotiations and that the IT Grant in the amount of $25,000.00 had been received. 


DISCUSSION: Representing the Montezuma Cortez School District, Executive Director of Finance, Kyle Archibeque, Dolores School District Superintendent, Reece Blincoe, along with Mancos School District Superintendent, Todd Cordrey met with the Commissioners to discuss the $47,693.03 of SRS Funding Allocations.  The school districts were in agreement that this year, the funds be distributed by a per-pupil ratio and requested consideration for the 50% of BOCC controlled SRS funds.


BOARD OF SOCIAL SERVICES MONTHLY REPORT: It being the time set aside, the Board of Social Services was conducted.  Director, Gina Montoya and LueAnn Everett were present. (See attached)


SENIOR SERVICES: Director Jonathon G. Parker met with the Commissioners to give a monthly report on the Senior Services programs.  Topics discussed included:  the 2023 budget, the Mancos Senior Center site and grant funding opportunities.


CSU EXTENSION OFFICE: Extension Director, Gregory Felsen met with the Commissioners to give the August 2022 report.  Director Felsen gave an overview of the recently held County Fair and offered appreciation to staff members Andrea Jeter, and Vanessa Malloy, Fair Interns, Ace Malloy and Tierney Wilson, along with the youth participants.  Other topics discussed included; a current Administrative Assistant vacancy within the office, a proposed Master Lands Steward Program, an Artificial Insemination workshop, the Bred and Fed Program, the Apple U-Pick event, a Healthy Living Program and an invite to the Extension Advisory meeting.   



DISCUSSION: The City of Cortez, Community and Economic Development Director, Rachel Marchbanks along with City of Cortez Manager, Drew Sanders met with the Commissioner to present the City of Cortez (IHOP) Intergovernmental Agreement regarding HB21-1271 DOLA Innovative Housing Strategies Planning Grant, pass through request. Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement regarding HB21-1271 DOLA Innovative Housing Strategies Planning Grant.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  (See attached) 


DISCUSSION: An Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the Town of Mancos and Montezuma County, regarding the Mancos Senior Center was presented for approval.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve the agreement between the Town of Mancos and Montezuma County regarding the Mancos Senior Center.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried. (See attached)


DISCUSSION: From the Human Resource Department, M. Lynn Dorenkamp presented for approval the CobraHelp Master Consulting Services Agreement, for the basic services (BHA Assistance with Cobra Insurance Compliance).  Commissioner Lindsay moved to authorize the chairman to sign the agreement between BHA and Montezuma County.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  (See attached)   


COUNTY ATTORNEY REPORT: County Attorney, Ian MacLaren discussed departmental CORA requests, civil cases and the Ellis Lewis matter.


NATURAL RESOURCES, PLANNING & PUBLIC LANDS: Resource Director, James Dietrich, no report given.


COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT: County Administrator, Travis Anderson discussed; meetings held with local City Managers to discuss the funding of the Senior Services Center, the Mancos Gravel Pit survey and the attended Dispatch Center meeting.  Administrator Anderson reminded the Board that the 5X5 meeting was scheduled August 25, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ute Mountain Casino. 


COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPORT: Topics discussed within the Commissioners reports included: Commissioner Lindsay discussed the attended Fair Board meeting, discussed local gas prices and contacting the Attorney General, the attended Cortez City Council meeting, and the scheduled 5X5 meeting.  Commissioner Koppenhafer discussed the meeting held with Senator Hickenlooper, the Western District CCI meeting and the attended Southwest Livestock Association event.  Commissioner Candelaria discussed an attended meeting held with the Administrator and Finance Department, the canceled US DOT meeting, the meeting held with Senator Hickenlooper, the Party in the Park event, the Western District CCI meeting, a proposed (WUI) Wildland Urban Interface bill, the attended Southwest Livestock Association event and the Monday workshop.


CORRESPONDENCE: The following correspondence was read and noted:


MOTION TO ADJOURN: was made by Commissioner Lindsay, seconded by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.






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Jim Candelaria (District 1)
Phone: (970) 749-3841
Vice Chairman
Kent Lindsay (District 2)
Phone: (970) 560-1471
Commissioner of Deeds
Gerald Koppenhafer (District 3)
Phone: 970-749-0262
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