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BOCC Minutes August 15 2023

PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

MONTEZUMA COUNTY, COLORADO

August 15, 2023

 

 

 

 

STATE OF COLORADO           )

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COUNTY OF MONTEZUMA   )

 

 

At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Montezuma County, Colorado, held on Tuesday August 15, 2023 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

 

 

CHAIRMAN CANDELARIA opened the meeting of August 15, 2023 with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

MINUTES: Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to approve the Proceedings of the Board of County Commissioners of Montezuma County, for Tuesday, August 8, 2023 as presented.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.

 

PUBLIC HEARING: It being the time set aside a public hearing is held for review and determination regarding a proposed 2 Lot Moderate Subdivision and AR3-9 Rezoning Application submitted by Jim & Sharon Krater; agent: Keenen Lovett, on property located at 4303 Road 21, Cortez, CO, consisting of 20 acres, more or less, located west of Road 21, north of Road D, situated in Section 24, Township 35N, Range 17W, N.M.P.M..  The roll was called, the public notice read, and the proceedings were recorded for the record.  Mr. Krater and Agent, Lovett were present.  Planning Director, Don Haley along 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 Koppenhafer moved to approve proposed 2 Lot Moderate Subdivision and AR3-9 Rezoning Application submitted by Jim & Sharon Krater; on property located at 4303 Road 21, Cortez, CO.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  Commissioner Candelaria closed the hearing at this time.  (See attached)

 

PUBLIC HEARING: It being the time set aside a public hearing is held for review and determination regarding a proposed 3 Lot Moderate Subdivision and AR3-9 Rezoning Application submitted by Larry & Liana Wright, on property located at 8435 Road 25, Cortez, CO, consisting of 19.85 acres, more or less, located west of Road 25, north of Road H, situated in Section 34, Township 36N, Range 16W, N.M.P.M.  The roll was called, the public notice read, and the proceedings were recorded for the record.  Mr. and Mrs. Wright were present.  Planning Director, Don Haley along 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 approve the proposed 3 Lot Moderate Subdivision and AR3-9 Rezoning Application submitted by Larry & Liana Wright, on property located at 8435 Road 25, Cortez.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  Commissioner Candelaria closed the hearing at this time.  (See attached)

 

DISCUSSION: The #24HEA181459, Senior Services, AAA Contract in the amount of $142,750.95 and the Montezuma County Public Transportation (MCCO) AAA Contract in the amount of $50,000.00 were presented for approval.  Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to sign the contracts for the Senior Services and the Transportation, Contract #24IHEA181459.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  (See attached)

 

PUBLIC HEARING: It being the time set aside a public hearing is held for review and determination regarding a proposed Amendment Application to the Jason’s Single Lot Development, submitted by Clay & Sara South, on property located at 23286 Road T, Dolores, CO, consisting of 3.28 acres, more or less, and Summer Camp Cattle, LLC, on property located at TBD Road T, Dolores, CO, consisting of 70.61 acres, more or less, both located east of Road 23, north of Road S, situated in Section 21, Township 37N, Range 16W, N.M.P.M.  The roll was called, the public notice read, and the proceedings were recorded for the record.  Summer Camp Cattle, LLC owner Sherrie Blackmer was present.  Planning Director, Don Haley along 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.  Public comment was made by Roger Baker.  Hearing no further public comment that portion of the hearing was closed.  After hearing all the evidence presented Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve the amendment application to the Single Lot Development, submitted by Clay & Sara South, on property located at 23286 Road T, Dolores.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  Commissioner Candelaria closed the hearing at this time.  (See attached)

 

PUBLIC HEARING: It being the time set aside a public hearing is held for review and determination regarding a proposed 2 Lot Moderate Subdivision and AR3-9 Rezoning Application submitted by Nelda Jones, on property located at 31522 Road W, Dolores, CO, consisting of 17.50 acres, more or less, located south of Road W, east of Road 31, situated in Section 2, Township 37N, Range 15W, N.M.P.M.  The roll was called, the public notice read, and the proceedings were recorded for the record.  Ms. Jones was present.  Planning Director, Don Haley along 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 approve the proposed 2 Lot Moderate Subdivision and AR3-9 Rezoning Application submitted by Nelda Jones, on property located at 31522 Road W, Dolores.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  Commissioner Candelaria closed the hearing at this time.  (See attached)

 

PUBLIC COMMENT: No public comment was made.

 

COUNTY SHERIFF: Sheriff, Steven Nowlin met with the Commissioners to give his monthly report which included the July 2023 Calls for Service Report, and the proposed Sheriff’s office Position / Annual pay grade for 2023.  Other topics discussed included; stolen property crimes, traffic contact and speeding violations, Crimes against persons, two homicide investigations, bonds, an attempted murder investigation, involvement with the CIP Team, a jury conviction for a serious bodily injury assault to a child, a conviction and scheduled sentencing of a second degree murder stabbing, the Jail inmate count, an newspaper article “The Cost of Crime” published in the Cortez Journal and the recently held County Fair event. (See attached)

 

COUNTY CORONER: Coroner, George Deavers met with the Commissioners to give the monthly report.  The July 2023 reported numbers included; 12 coroner cases, 5 hospice deaths, 4 autopsies, 0 motor vehicle accident, 3 suicides, 0 overdose deaths and 2 homicides.  The Year to date Totals included; 158 total cases, 90 coroner cases, 68 hospice deaths, 32 autopsies, 4 motor vehicle accident, 10 suicides, 1 overdose deaths and 4 homicides. Other topics discussed included; a request for a secondary backup vehicle for the Coroners Department.  (See attached)

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Emergency Manager, Jim Spratlen met with the Commissioner and gave a monthly update.  Manager Spratlen presented for discussion and review; the Monthly Situational Report. Topics discussed included: flooding on Road L, lightning fire strikes, the lightning attack report, a quarterly Community Intervention Program (CIP) report, training and drills, the Generator Grant, the All Hazards Grant and the Team Grant.   (See attached)

 

NEW BUSINESS: Sonia Buffington and Madison Mahaffey from the Probation Department of the Twenty-Second Judicial District met with the Commissioners to discuss the proposed membership of the local Juvenile Services Planning Committee.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve the proposed membership list of the local Juvenile Services Planning Committee.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  (See attached)

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

DISCUSSION: A discussion was held related to the Public Health’s presented Colorado National Collaborative Grant #2020*3672 Amendment #3.  Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to approve the Amendment #3 for the contract, in the amount of $100,000.00 on one portion and $32,728.00 on the other portion, to increase the current contract maximum to $866,512.00.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried (See attached)

 

DISCUSSION: No action was taken related to the Proposition HH discussion.

 

DISCUSSION: The discussion for the Letter of Support request, related to the Farmers Telephone Capital Project Funds Grant was postponed to a future date.

 

DISCUSSION: The discussion related to the request for a secondary/backup vehicle for the Coroner’s office will be added to the 2024 Coroner’s budget proposal.

 

DISCUSSION: The discussion related to the proposed Sheriff’s purchase of a Chevrolet Tahoe was postponed to a future date.

 

DISCUSSION: The proposed Dolores Contract was not ready to be discussed at this time.

 

DISCUSSION: Commissioner Koppenhafer gave an overview of the proposed creation of the Montezuma County Local Improvement District #2023-1, Upper Road 42 Water Association.  Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to set a Public Hearing, on the decision for the Upper Road 42 Water Association, to September 26, 2023 at 9:10 a.m.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  (See attached)

 

SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS FUNDING: A discussion was held regarding the distribution of the Secure Rural Schools Funds Allocation.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve the 2023 SRS allocation as presented.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  (See attached)

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY REPORT: County Attorney, Ian MacLaren reported that the Noland’s Board of Equalization appeal had been filed.

 

ADMINISTRATOR REPORT: County Administrator, Travis Anderson discussed his Zoom attendance to a CCI meeting related to land use, affordable housing and Senate Bill 213.

 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPORT: Topics within the Commissioners reports included: Commissioner Lindsay gave an overview of the attended Cortez City Council meeting.  Commissioner Koppenhafer gave an overview of the attended Mancos Town Council meeting and the attended Colorado River Taskforce meeting.  Commissioner Candelaria discussed an attended Women’s Group meeting, the attended TPR meeting, and the attended Dolores Town Council meeting.

 

MOTION TO ADJOURN: Commissioner Lindsay moved to adjourn, seconded by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.

 

CORRESPONDENCE: The following correspondence was read and noted:

 

MEETING ADJOURNED: 10:45 a.m.

 

 

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Clerk                          August 15, 2023                       Chairman

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