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BOCC Minutes January 24, 2023



January 24, 2023




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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Montezuma County, Colorado, held on Tuesday January 24, 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 (absent)

Malinda Fuller, Chief Deputy Clerk




CHAIRMAN, CANDELARIA opened the meeting of January 24, 2023 with the Pledge of Allegiance



MINUTES: Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to accept the minutes of the Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners Montezuma County, Colorado dated Tuesday, January 17, 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 of a proposed third amendment to High Impact Permit #101 & Special Use Permit #14-2022, submitted by Basin Co-op, INC; agent: Don Dukart, on property located at 11654 Hwy 491, Cortez, CO, consisting of 9.87 acres, more or less, situated in Section 15, T.36N, R.16W, N.M.P.M..  The roll was called, the public notice read, and the proceedings were recorded for the record.  Mr. Dukart 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 third amendment to High Impact Permit #101 & Special Use Permit #14-2022, submitted by Basin Co-op, agent Don Dukart, on property located at 11654 Highway 491, Cortez.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  Commissioner Candelaria closed the hearing at this time.  (See attached)


PLANNING: Planning Director, Don Haley along with Assistant, S. Jane Duncan presented for signatures of a Mylar and Exemption for a 2nd Amendment to Exemption Resolution #P-37-79, submitted by Barbara Maness; agent: Ernie Maness, on property located at 23408 Road T, Dolores, CO, consisting of 4.83 acres, more or less, located south of Road T, east of Road 23, situated in Section 21, Township 37N, Range 16W, N.M.P.M.


PUBLIC COMMENT: No public comment made.


BOARD OF SOCIAL SERVICES MONTHLY REPORT: It being the time set aside, the Board of Social Services was conducted. Assistant Director, Louann Everett and Finance Officer, Lori Higgins were present. Topics discussed SNAP benefits, Medicaid and Security. Commissioner Lindsey moved to approve the regular session on Tues Dec 27th, the minutes thereof of the Montezuma County Department of Social Services and also the financials in the amount of $2,966,594.73. Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried. (See attached)


VETERANS SERVICE: Veteran Service Officer, Frank LoBue 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, December 2022 was presented for the record.  Other topics discussed included; the December 2022 financial report, a review of office activities, statistical data and the indirect income to Montezuma County.  (See attached).




GIS MAPPING: GIS Manager, Doug Roth met with the Commissioners to go over and certify the HUTF mileage for the previous county year. Reports presented included the HUTF Road work and Changes for Reporting Year 2022, completed road projects and a map reflecting said reports. Commissioner Lindsay moved to sign the HUTF road mileage submittal for reporting year 2022. Seconded by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried. (See attached)


COUNTY ATTORNEY REPORT: County Attorney, Ian MacLaren gave an update on the Ellis Lewis, land use violation case. 


NATURAL RESOURCES, PLANNING & PUBLIC LANDS: Resource Director, James Dietrich.  Topics discussed included Dolores water shed, restoration group and CLFRP, and IHOP Affordable Housing grant. No additional report given


PAYABLE EXPENDITURE REPORT: Administrator Anderson presented for approval, the December 31, 2023 Accounts Payable Expenditure Reports in the amount of $5,011,872.76.  Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to approve expenditures for Montezuma County for December 2022 in the amount of $5,011,872.76.  Second by Commissioner Lindsey and carried.   (See attached)


COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT: County Administrator, Travis Anderson discussed RFP submittal, attended a meeting with Lauren Bobert, Broadband, Operational MOU agreement and leadership training.


COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPORT: Topics discussed within the Commissioners reports included: Commissioner Koppenhafer reported on the attended Southwest Water Conservation board meeting, and the attended the Montezuma Valley Irrigation meeting.  Commissioner Lindsay mentioned constituent discussions regarding snow, went with Administrator Anderson to meet with Lauren Bobert,  and attending the municipalities meeting, Department head meeting and workshop meeting.  Commissioner Candelaria discussed Naco, DOT, CCI legislative briefing and CCI working group meeting quarterly breakfast with the municipalties, Department Head meeting, and the upcoming 2 day session at the State Capital. 


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


CORRESPONDENCE: The following correspondence was read and noted:



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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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