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BOCC Minutes June 21, 2022



June 21, 2022





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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Montezuma County, Colorado, held on Tuesday June 21, 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

Jim McClain, IT Director

Ian MacLaren, County Attorney

Kim Percell, County Clerk



MINUTES: Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve the proceedings of the Board of Commissioners Montezuma County, Colorado dated June 14, 2022, and also the proceedings of the special meeting of June 16, 2022.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.


PLANNING: Planning Director, Don Haley with Assistant, S. Jane Duncan met with the Commissioners to discuss House Bill 22-1362.  Attorney MacLaren reported that the bill is not applicable to Montezuma County, because at this time we have not adopted building codes.  (See attached)


PUBLIC COMMENT: No public comments were made.


COUNTY SHERIFF: 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 Monthly Arrests Report, the DOC Holds Report, the Dolores County Billing Report, the City of Cortez Billing Report, the July Operational Expense Report and the Monies Paid to the General Fund Report.  Sheriff Nowlin presented for approval, the revised Jail Based Behavior Service Grant 2021-2022.  Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to approve the revised funding, of $37,420.05 to the Jail Based Behavior Service Grant, 2021-2022, for the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  Other topics discussed included the 2021 Detention Center Medical Expense Report, HB 22-1326, the new National 988 Suicide Hotline at and the NACO Familiar Faces Initiative at  (See attached)


DISTRICT ATTORNEY: During the June 20, 2022 Monday workshop District Attorney, Matt Margeson met with the Commissioners.  Topics discussed during the workshop, included workforce housing.


EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Emergency Manager, Jim Spratlen was not available. The Monthly Situational Report was emailed to the Board of County Commissioners for review.  (See attached)


COMMUNITY INTERVENTION PROGRAM (CIP): Chuck Borden on behalf of the Emergency Manager, Jim Spratlen, Jessica Borden and Molly Rodriguez, met with the Commissioners to give an update on the Community Intervention Program.  Topics discussed included; calls for service, shift hours, call assistance, development of a referral program, follow up visits and phone calls, coordination with local schools, a junior fire starter incident and the hours of operations.


CORTEZ FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT: Chuck Borden met with the Commissioners to give an update for the Cortez Fire Protection District.  Topics discussed included; the calls for service, structure and brush fires, 1511 year to date calls, training hours, vehicle hose testing, the Mesa Elementary School / Fire Education Training project, a full time position, the 4th of July Fireworks Program, Chief Balfour’s retirement and the scheduled Board meeting.


COUNTY CORONER: Coroner, George Deavers met with the Commissioners to give a monthly report.  Coroner Deavers reported the year to date numbers were; 82 total calls, 104  completed autopsies, 5 Motor Vehicle deaths, 6 overdose deaths, 6 suicides and 4 homicides.


TRANSFER ORDER; Transfer Order #3-2022, a transfer from the remaining Fleet Fund (072) balance of $156,835.88 to the Road and Bridge Fund (002), was presented for review and approval.  Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to approve order #3-2022, transferring the remaining funds out of the Fleet Fund (072) of $156,835.88 to the Road and Bridge Fund.   Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  (See attached)


DISCUSSION: Modification of Weed Department Grant Agreement with Forest Service.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to accept the Modification of Grant from the US Forest Service, agreement #21-PA-11021300-034.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried (See attached)  


DISCUSSION: A discussion was held regarding a wage increase request, for the Senior Services cook, and the grant received from the Outreach Program to fund the increase.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve the Senior Services cook wage increase on the grant.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.


UNFINSHED BUSINESS: A discussion was held regarding the FERTA Easement Agreement.  The Commissioners were in agreement to postpone the discussion until it further benefits Montezuma County.


EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to Attorney MacLaren’s suggestion, Commissioner Lindsay moved for the Board of County Commissioners to go into executive session for a conference with the attorney for the purpose of receiving legal advice on specific legal questions under C.R.S. Section 24-6-402(4)(b) and to include; Commissioners Candelaria, Lindsay and Koppenhafer, IT Director Jim McClain, Attorney MacLaren, Clerk Percell, seconded by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  Topics for the executive session included legal advice pertaining to bike trails.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to go out of executive session, seconded by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried. (See attached)


COUNTY ATTORNEY REPORT: County Attorney, Ian MacLaren gave an update on the attended NCA meeting, the Charles Fish Contempt case and the CDPHE / Ironwood issue.


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




COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPORT: Topics discussed within the Commissioners reports included: Commissioner Koppenhafer discussed the attended NCA meeting, the attended Rohwer Family Benefit Dinner and constituent discussions.  Commissioner Lindsay discussed his virtual  attendance to the National Association of Counties (NACO) meeting, the National 988 Suicide Hotline, the NACO Familiar Faces Initiative, the Bridge Investment Program, the attended Cortez City Council Board to Board meeting and the June 28th Primary Election.  Commissioner Candelaria discussed the attended Cortez City Council Board to Board meeting, the Thursday Party in the Park event, Father’s Day 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
Contact Montezuma County Vice-Chairman, Jim Candelaria  (District 1)
Contact Montezuma County Commissioner Kent Lindsay (District 2)
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