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BOCC Minutes June 14, 2022



June 14, 2022





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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Montezuma County, Colorado, held on Tuesday June 14, 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

Shalako Powers, County Administrator

Ian MacLaren, County Attorney

Kim Percell, County Clerk



MINUTES: Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve the minutes of the Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners Montezuma County, Colorado dated June 7, 2022, as presented.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.


PLANNING: Planning Director, Don Haley with Assistant, S. Jane Duncan reported that the Boundary Line Adjustment submitted by Colleen Brennan and Ricky Tulio, Sr., on properties located at 32328 Road P, Mancos, CO, consisting of 3 acres, more or less, & 13480 Road 32, Mancos, CO, consisting of 5 acres, more or less, both situated in Section 1, T.36N, R.15W, N.M.P.M., was not available at this time.


Planning Director, Haley with Assistant, Duncan presented for signatures of a High Impact Permit, submitted by Snyder Mama Holdings, LLC; agent: Christopher Snyder, on property located at 1521 N. Mildred Road, Cortez, CO, consisting of 3.48 acres, more or less, located north of Road N, west of Road 25, situated in Section 23, T.36N, R.16W, N.M.P.M.  (See attached)


Planning Director, Haley with Assistant, Duncan presented for signatures of a High Impact Permit with Rezoning, along with a Variance, submitted by CBERT Cortez, LLC; agent: Kasey Bell, on property located at 26757 Road M, Cortez, CO, consisting of 1.50 acres, more or less, located north of Road M, west of Hwy 145, situated in Section 12, T.36N, R.16W, N.M.P.M.  (See attached)

Planning Director, Haley with Assistant, Duncan reported that the Variance Application, submitted by Bruach Aibhne, LLC; agent: Charles Robinson, on property located at 26569 Road 38.5, Dolores, CO, consisting of 10 acres, more or less, located north of Hwy 145, east of east of Road 38, situated in Section 36, T. 39N, R. 14W, N.M.P.M., had been withdrawn. 


PUBLIC COMMENT: Chan Chaffin, representing the Lewis Arriola Community Center, discussed a letter of support request, from the Board of County Commissioners regarding a grant application.  Mr. Chaffin will be scheduled for a continued discussion at the Commissioner’s 6/20/22 Monday Workshop meeting.


LETTER OF SUPPORT: Community/Economic Development Coordinator, Jessica Thurman and Mesa Verde Country President, Brian Bartlett met with the Commissioners by Zoom, to request a letter of support, for the property improvement project at 2121 East Main Cortez. Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to sign the letter of support for VOCO Economic Development.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.   (See attached)


APPOINTMENT: Administrator Powers recommended Jessica Thurman to be appointed as the new County Representative to the South West Opioid Response District. (SWORD)  Commissioner Lindsay moved to appoint Jessica Thurman to the South West Opioid Response District.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried. 


VEHICLE MAINTENANCE: Road & Bridge Equipment Manager, Shane Higman met with the Commissioners to give a monthly report.  Topics discussed included; a fleet update, the departmental vehicle sharing project, the development of a community vehicle schedule, a lock box program, dealership sales, the detective vehicles and the Enterprise Vehicles.


GROUNDS AND BUILDINGS: Maintenance Supervisor, Dustin Sattler reported on the grounds and buildings. Projects discussed included; painting parking lots, HVAC filter replacements, painting exterior doors and yard maintenance.  


IT: IT Director, Jim McClain met with the Commissioners to present his monthly report.  Director McClain discussed the attended Region Wide Broad Band meeting and the grant application.


GIS MAPPING: On behalf of GIS Manager, Doug Roth, Administrator Powers gave a GIS update.  Topics discussed included; the annual GIS data call delivered to the State GIS office and the GIS specialist position.  (See attached)




EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to Attorney MacLaren’s suggestion, Commissioner Lindsay moved for the Board of County Commissioners to go into executive session for the discussion of personnel matters under C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(f), and to include Commissioners Candelaria, Lindsay and Koppenhafer, Administrator Powers, Attorney MacLaren, and Clerk Percell, seconded by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to go out of executive session, seconded by Commissioner Lindsay and carried. (See attached)


COUNTY ATTORNEY REPORT: County Attorney, Ian MacLaren discussed the attended Southwest Water Conservation District Board meeting as a member of the NCA workgroup, the attended Colorado County Attorney Conference and a Social Services jury trial.  


NATURAL RESOURCES, PLANNING & PUBLIC LANDS: Resource Director, James Dietrich, no report given.  Commissioner Candelaria reported on the attended Southwest TPR meeting and the MMOF Grant award to Montezuma County for the Paths to Mesa Verde segment.


COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT: Administrator Shak Powers made a request for release of lien, for an approved weed tax lien, placed on a property located at 13657 Road 21, Cortez.  Administrator Powers reported that at the time the lien was placed, the property had already been sold to new owners.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to remove the lien from the address, 13657 Road 21, Cortez. Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  Administrator Powers discussed public notifications of the Commissioners attendance, at the Cortez City Council meeting and the Pleasant View Fire Department’s, Rohwer Family Benefit Dinner.  (See attached)


COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPORT: Topics discussed within the Commissioners reports included: Commissioner Lindsay congratulated the Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo Committee on the successful rodeo, reported on constituent discussions and gave a thank you to Administrator Powers for his service to the County.  Commissioner Koppenhafer reported that he had attended the Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo as a volunteer Veterinarian, discussed the attended Mancos Town Board meeting and constituent road issue discussions.  Commissioner Candelaria discussed the attended Southwest TPR meeting, the League of women Voters’ candidate forum, the Yates Memorial Golf Tournament, the Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo, the Monday Workshop and the attended Dolores Town Board meeting.   


CORRESPONDENCE: The following correspondence was read and noted:


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