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BOCC Minutes May 11, 2021



May 11, 2021






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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Montezuma County, Colorado, held on Tuesday May 11, 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

John C. Baxter, County Attorney

Kim Percell, County Clerk, (By Zoom)




CHAIRMAN, CANDELARIA opened the meeting of May 11, 2021 with the Pledge of Allegiance.


MINUTES: Commissioner Lindsay moved to accept the minutes of the Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners Montezuma County, Colorado dated May 4, 2021 as written.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Stevenson and carried.


PUBLIC HEARING: It being the time set aside a public hearing is held for regarding a proposed 4 Lot Moderate Subdivision and Rezoning Application and Variance Applications, submitted by Ellis Lewis, on property located at 14171 Road 36.75, Mancos, CO, consisting of 40 acres, more or less, located south and west of Hwy 184, situated in Section 34, T.37N, R.14W, N.M.P.M. The roll was called, the public notice read, and the proceedings were recorded for the record.  Planning Director, Don Haley with Assistant, S. Jane Duncan reported that a continuance had been requested by Mr. Lewis.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to continue the public hearing to Tuesday May 18, 2021 at 9:10 a.m.  Second by Commissioner Stevenson and carried.  Commissioner Candelaria closed the hearing at this time.  (See attached)



PLANNING:  Director, Haley with Assistant, Duncan presented a variance application for D&L Construction, submitted by Dave and Lana Waters on property located at 25716 Road L, Cortez, CO.  Mr. and Mrs. Waters were present.  Commissioner Stevenson moved to accept the variance for Dave and Lana Waters on property located 25716 Road L, Cortez, CO.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.   (See attached)


Director, Haley with Assistant, Duncan presented for signatures of a Boundary Line Adjustment for the Myler Corners Estates Subdivision, submitted by Graham & Dianne Nielson, on property located at 27221 Road P.3, Dolores, CO, consisting of 5.18 acres, more or less, and Joseph & Diane Roybal, on property located at 27211 Road P.3, consisting of 6.60 acres, more or less, both situated west of Hwy 145, situated in Section 31, T.37N, R.15W, N.M.P.M.


PUBLIC COMMENT:  No public comment made.


LIQUOR LICENSE: Deputy Clerk, Jerri Frizzell presented a liquor license renewal application for Schroeder Colorado Inc., DBA Eagle Claw Trading Post, located at 4321 S US Hwy 160/491, Cortez, CO.  Commissioner Stevenson moved to approve the liquor license for the Eagle Claw Trading Post and liquor store, Schroeder Colorado Inc. at 4321 US Hwy 160 South, Cortez Co.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  (See attached)


PUBLIC HEALTH DEAPRTMENT: Public Health Director Bobbie Lock along Melony Begay and Megan Bradley, presented for review and approval, the Communities That Care Contract, the Tobacco Education Prevention Program Contract, an amendment to the Single Entry Point Contract and the Public Health Core Contract.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve and sign the contracts with the State, the Communities That Care Contract, the Tobacco Education and Prevention Program, the Single Entry Point and the Public Health Core Contract. Second by Commissioner Stevenson and carried.  (See attached)


MONTEZUMA ORCHARD RESORATION PROJECT: Jude Schuenemeyer met with the Commissioners with a request for a letter of support for a Ready Grant application.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to sign the letter of support for the (MORP) Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project.  Second by Commissioner Stevenson and carried.    (See attached)


GROUNDS AND BUILDINGS: Maintenance Supervisor, Mike Chenard met with the Commissioners to give updates on the grounds and buildings projects. Topics discussed included; the District Attorney’s window frame project, replaced units at the jail, the flooring project and a request for an additional full time employee.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to approve a new full time employee for the Building and Maintenance.   Second by Commissioner Stevenson and carried. 


VEHICLE MAINTENANCE: Road & Bridge Equipment Manager, Shane Higman met with the Commissioners to give a monthly report.  Topics discussed included;  five units sold at the auction, the patrol unit for the Town of Dolores, responder units ordered for the Sheriff Department, repairs to a water truck, repairs to a dump truck and mag chloride projects.   


GIS MAPPING: GIS Manager, Doug Roth and Mapping Specialist, Rachel Medina met with the Commissioners to give a monthly report.  Topics discussed included; the 2020 Census data, redistricting data, an attended meeting with the Dolores County GIS department, a road impact fee map, the Pictometry project, public use of the County’s GIS mapping site and fire season training maps.   (See attached)


UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Administrator Powers discussed a Noxious Weed Department request to hire two extra seasonal employees to help with the Phreatophyte Program.   Commissioner Lindsay moved to fund two more part time personal, for the Phreatophyte crew, with a cap of $20,000.00, with a transfer order at the end of the year with consideration of received grant funding.  Second by Commissioner Stevenson and carried. 


COUNTY ATTORNEY REPORT: County Attorney, John Baxter no report given.    


NATURAL RESOURCES, PLANNING & PUBLIC LANDS: Resource Director, James Dietrich presented for approval, letters of support addressed to Colorado State Representative Boebert, for the H.R. 859, Protecting American Energy Jobs Act and the America’s Infrastructure Modernization Act (AIM).  Commissioner Stevenson moved to sign the two letters, one regarding HR859, the Protecting American Energy Jobs Act and the other one, the America’s Infrastructure Modernization Act, (AIM),  to be sent to Congresswoman Boebert’s office.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  Other topics discussed included; the KDI Hydro Systems General Service Agreement and notice to proceed, the Public Private Partnership and Certificate of Excellence awards presented to the County at the Scenic Byways Conference for the McElmo Flume project.   Administrator Powers read and presented an award from the Board of County Commissioners, to Director Dietrich, in recognition of the work and leadership of James Dietrich, in the project to restore the McElmo Fume #6.  (See attached)  


COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT: Administrator Shak Powers reported on a meeting attended with Grant Writer, Rachel Marchbanks in Dolores County, for a collaboration for recovery and resiliency and then as an Economic Development Team met with the office of Economic Development and International Trade.  Administrator Powers discussed the proposed June scheduling, for an entity collaborative of an after action review and debriefing of the COVID19 response.


ORDER: Administrator Powers presented Transfer Order # 2-2021, a transfer of $36,498.04 from the Road Impact Fees to the Road and Bridge Fund for 2020 work completed on Roads 41, H and S.  Commissioner Stevenson moved to transfer $36,498.04 from the Road Impact Fee Fund to the Road to Bridge.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  (See attached)


COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPORT: Topics discussed within the Commissioner reports included: Commissioner Stevenson discussed the attended CDOT meeting, the CCI Agricultural meeting the Cattleman Association’s 30×30 land issues meeting, the Cattleman’s coordination seminar and the Monday workshop session.  Commissioner Lindsay discussed constituent emails and phone calls and the scheduled Cortez City Council meeting.  Commissioner Candelaria discussed the attended CDOT meeting, the, the attended RCC meeting, the attended Lewis Arriolla School / CDOT project meeting, the Cattleman’s coordination seminar, participation in the 12 hours of Mesa Verde event, the Monday workshop, the attended County Commissioners of Southwest Colorado meeting, the attended Dolores Town Council Meeting and the morning Rotary meeting.  


Chairman Candelaria announced the adjournment of the meeting for the LUNCH break.

Chairman Candelaria announced the meeting would reconvene


PUBLIC LANDS: From the Bureau of Land Management, Connie Clementson, and Connie Jacobs, met by Zoom, with the Commissioners and gave a power point presentation and held a discussion regarding National Conservation Authorities.  Other participants by zoom included; John Whitney, Jeff Widen, Derek Padilla, Mike Bordogna, Jon Waschbusch, Sue Hansen, Shawn Reinhardt, Devin Camacho, Amber Clark, Keith Caddy, Hilary Cooper, Kris, and CK Rassin.  Dolores County Commissioner Garcher and Ed Millard, appeared in person.   (See attached)  


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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