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BOCC Minutes December 21, 2021



December 21, 2021



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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Montezuma County, Colorado, held on Tuesday December 21, 2021 at the Montezuma County Administration building in Cortez, Colorado, there were present:

Jim Candelaria, Chairman

Kent Lindsay, Vice Chairman

Joel Stevenson, Commissioner of Deeds

Shalako Powers, County Administrator

Ian MacLaren, County Attorney

Kim Percell, County Clerk

CHAIRMAN, CANDELARIA opened the meeting of December 21, 2021 with the Pledge of Allegiance.

MINUTES: Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve the minutes of the Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners Montezuma County, Colorado dated December 14, 2021 as presented.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.

PLANNING: Planning Director, Don Haley and Assistant, S. Jane Duncan met with the Commissioner to discuss the proposed DOLA Planning Strategies Grant.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to support the Planning Strategies Grant.  Second by Commissioner Stevenson and carried.

Planning Assistant, S. Jane Duncan, presented for signatures of a Mylar, for a Single Lot Development and AR3-9 Rezoning Application, submitted by Toni Suckla, on property located at 22387 Road M, Cortez, CO, consisting of 45.23 acres, more or less, located west of Road 23, North of Road M, situated in Section 8, T.36N., R.16W., N.M.P.M.

Planning Assistant, S. Jane Duncan, presented for signatures of a Mylar, 2 Lot Minor and AR10-34 Rezoning Application submitted by David Scates, on property located at 23200 Road F, Cortez, CO, consisting of 35.69 acres, more or less, located south of Road F, west of Hwy 160-491, situated in Section 16, T.35N, R.16W, N.M.P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Public comment was made by Farmers Telephone General Manager, Terry Hinds.  (See attached)

COUNTY CORONER: Coroner, George Deavers met with the Commissioners to give a monthly report.  Coroner, Deavers reported on the year to date statistics, which included; a total of 155 calls, 16 motor vehicle fatalities, 10 (possibly 11) suicides, 8 overdose fatalities,  20 autopsies performed last month and 10 completed autopsies so far this month. 

COUNTY SHERIFF’S MONTHLY REPORT: Sheriff, Steven Nowlin met with the Commissioners to give his monthly report which included the Calls for Service Report, the Jail Report, the Year to Date Transport Report, the Perdium and Cost for Travel Report, the Total Monthly Inmate Report, the November Monthly Arrests Report, the Dolores County Billing Report, the City of Cortez Billing Report, the DOC Holds Report, the November Operational Expense Report and the Monies Paid to the General Fund Report.  Other topics discussed included; scheduling a tour of the Jail with the new Municipal Judge, the new Jail Reform Bill, booking fees, the new Bill of Right postings and the 2022-BW-22-22088 camera grant award from the State.  Sheriff Nowlin presented the proposed 2022 Pre-Trial budget for the Sheriff Department.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve the Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Unit Budget in the amount of $68,205.99, for 2022.  Second by Commissioner Stevenson and carried.   (See attached) 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:  Emergency Manager, Jim Spratlen met with the Commissioner and gave a monthly update.  Manager Spratlen presented the Monthly Situational Report for discussion and review.  Other topics discussed included; the Emergency Manager’s Performance Grant, Active Shooter Training, the Hazard Mitigation Plan and the Notice of Intent for the Homeland Security Grant.  (See attached)

TELECOM BID AWARD: IT Director, Jim McClain gave an overview of the previously reviewed bids received.  Bids were received from Clarity, DataSafe, High Country/Avaya, Net Force and TDS.  Commissioner Stevenson moved to award the bid for the telecommunications to Net Force.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  (See attached)  


PUBLIC LANDS: Bureau of Land Management, Connie Clementson met with the Commissioners by Zoom to discuss the proposed Mary Austin Land Acquisition.  Topics discussed included; grazing allotments, the 2017 “No Net Loss” County Resolution, (FLTFA) The Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act and an update to the BLM Lands for Disposal & County Proposed Lands for Disposal Map.  (See attached)

FAIRGROUND FIRE SUPPRESSION BID AWARD: Maintenance Manager, Dustin Sattler gave an overview of previously reviewed bids received.  Bids received included; Advance Fire Systems Inc., in the amount of $82,808.00 and from Cooper Fire in the amount of $50,899.69.  Commissioner Stevenson moved to give the Fire Suppression bid to Cooper Fire in the amount of $50,899.69.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  (See attached)


UNFINSHED BUSINESS: A discussion was held in regard to County participation in the (NCA) Dolores River National Conservation Area.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to become part of the discussion of the NCA.  Second by Commissioner Stevenson and carried. 


CERTIFICATION LEVIES AND REVENUES: Administrator, Powers presented for approval the Budget Year 2022 Certification of Levies and Revenues by the Montezuma County Commissioners, to be sent to the State of Colorado.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve the Certification of Levies and Revenues for Montezuma County. Second by Commissioner Candelaria and carried.  (See attached)

COUNTY ATTORNEY REPORT: County Attorney, Ian MacLaren discussed the Road Y case and Colorado Statutes regarding road obstructions and mud on the County Roads. 

NATURAL RESOURCES, PLANNING & PUBLIC LANDS: Resource Director, James Dietrich, not report given.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT: Administrator, Powers, no further report given.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPORT: Topics discussed within the Commissioners reports included: Commissioner Stevenson discussed the attended Women’s Veteran luncheon, the attended Dolores County Board to Board meeting, the attended Business after Hours event, the drug presentation by the Sheriff’s Department, constituent discussions and the Monday workshop session.  Commissioner Lindsay discussed constituent discussions and reading.  Commissioner Candelaria discussed the attended Women’s Veteran luncheon, the meeting with the Magellan Strategies LLC., regarding the County Tax survey and the Monday workshops.

 CORRESPONDENCE: The following correspondence was read and noted:

MOTION TO ADJOURN: was made by Commissioner Lindsay, seconded by Commissioner Stevenson 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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