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BOCC Minutes September 6, 2022



September 6, 2022





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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Montezuma County, Colorado, held on Tuesday September 6, 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

Travis Anderson, County Administrator

Ian MacLaren, County Attorney

Kim Percell, County Clerk

Malinda Fuller, Chief Deputy





MINUTES: Commissioner Lindsay moved to accept the minutes of the Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners Montezuma County, Colorado dated Tuesday, August 30, 2022, as presented.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.


PUBLIC COMMENT: Public comment was made by Lenetta Shull


ROAD & BRIDGE DEPARTMENT: Road Superintendent, Rob Englehart met with the Commissioners to give a monthly report.  Superintendent Englehart presented the road and bridge schedule for the dates of August 29, 2022 through September 30, 2022 and gave an overview of the type of work scheduled.  Topics discussed included; roads bladed, flood repairs in the Lewis area, shoulder work, chip seal, gravel for the shoulder work and an update on the Mancos Gravel Pit.

Superintendent Englehart presented a cost comparison for Road F to Road S reconstruction projects.  Road 23 and Road S (Hay Camp) paving bids were received from Elam Construction and Four Corners Material.  Commissioner Candelaria recused himself from the discussion.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to spend $465,000.00 for the airport overlay on Road 23 and award that contract to Elam.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to award the Road S (Hay Camp) pave, steep grade and curve for $419,549.00 to Four Corners Material.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried. (See attached)


LANDFILL: Landfill Manager, Mel Jarmon gave his monthly report which included the 2022 Landfill budget spread sheet.  Topics discussed with the report included; a Landfill Tonnages and Counts Report, flooding at the Landfill, bids received for the Compost Turner, CDPHE approval for the Carver Field, the budget, a future discussion regarding an increase to the tire fees and the Bomag machines.  (See attached)


FAIRGROUNDS: Fairgrounds Manager, Justin McGuire gave his monthly report which included the year to date numbers.  Year to date numbers included; 55,380 in attendance, Revenues at $68,307.49 and Expenditures at $175,364.28.  A discussion was held regarding past and future events scheduled at the Fairgrounds.  Other topics discussed included, the Rates Schedule, the fire suppression project and a Fair Board Grant application.  (See attached)  


NOXIOUS WEED DEPARTMENT: Weed Department Manager, Bonnie Loving met with the Commissioners to give a monthly report.  Topics discussed included; Noxious weed populations, current projects/ funding, things in the works and enforcement. 

Manager Loving presented, for approval Noxious Weed Right of Entry Resolutions, #5-2022, #6-2022 and reported that #7-2022 was not needed at this time.  Commissioner Koppenhafer moved to approve, these resolutions granting Montezuma County Weed Program or its designee’s rights of entry onto property to control noxious weeds based on an affidavit of County Weed Supervisor Noxious Weed Resolution, #5-2022, and the same for Resolution, #6-2022.  Second by Commissioner Lindsay and carried.  (See attached)



DISCUSSION: A discussion was held in regards to the appointment of the designee and alternate to the CCI Legislative Committee.  Commissioner Lindsay moved to appoint Commissioner, James Candelaria as the designee to the Legislative Commission for CCI and also, Commissioner, Gerald Koppenhafer as the alternate for the Legislative Commission.  Second by Commissioner Koppenhafer and carried (See attached)


DISCUSSION: A discussion regarding the EsoTerra Inc. Application for Colorado Liquor Sales Room was tabled to the next Commissioner meeting, to be included as an agenda item.


COUNTY ATTORNEY REPORT: County Attorney, Ian MacLaren gave an update on the Land Use Code violation case for the property on Road 23.6 and the lawsuit from Secretary of State Candidate Tina Peters. 


NATURAL RESOURCES, PLANNING & PUBLIC LANDS: Resource Director, James Dietrich, met with the Commissioner to give a weekly report.   Director, Dietrich discussed; the attended Southwest Colorado Projects and Places Sub-committee meeting, the Mancos Valley Source Water Protection Plan update workshop, the Southwest Colorado CFLRP Full Stakeholders meeting, the BLM Gunnison Sage Grouse meeting, the scheduled Southwest Resource Advisory Committee, the DWARF Working Group and the San Juan Skyway meetings.  A discussion was held regarding the Community Development Action Plan (CDAP) and the Montezuma County Recreation Advisory Committee. (MCRAC)   Director Dietrich gave an overview of the received, Obtainable Housing Strategy Grant Program proposals.  The Commissioners were in agreement to table the discussion to the next Commissioner meeting as an item on the agenda under Unfinished Business. (See attached)


COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT: County Administrator, Travis Anderson discussed; the Gravel Pit Survey, the attended Local Manager’s meeting, the Fairgrounds Solar System project, preliminary budget reviews and a scheduled tour with Weed Department Manager, Bonnie Loving.


COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPORT: Topics discussed within the Commissioners reports included: Commissioner Koppenhafer reported on constituent discussions regarding county roads that lead in to the Forest.  Commissioner Lindsay discussed the attended CSU Extension Advisory Committee meeting and congratulated Eli Tomac on his recent victory as Motor Cross Champion.  Commissioner Candelaria discussed the attended preliminary budget reviews, constituent discussions regarding an approved sub-division, the attended State Transportation Advisory Committee meeting and subjects that come before the CCI Legislation Committee.  


CORRESPONDENCE: The following correspondence was read and noted: letter received from Jueswi Person Specul.


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
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