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BOCC Special Meeting Minutes April 20, 2020

PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MONTEZUMA COUNTY, COLORADO
April 20, 2020 (Virtual Meeting)

STATE OF COLORADO )
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COUNTY OF MONTEZUMA )

At a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Montezuma County, Colorado, held on Monday April 20, 2020 at the courthouse in Cortez, Colorado, there were present:

Larry Don Suckla, Chairman (Virtually)
Jim Candelaria, Vice Chairman (Virtually)
Keenan Ertel, Commissioner of Deeds (Virtually)
Shalako Powers, County Administrator (Virtually)
John C. Baxter, County Attorney (Virtually)
Kim Percell, County Clerk (Virtually

CHARIMAN Suckla opened the Special meeting of April 20, 2020.

DISCUSSION: A cooperative discussion was held regarding the development of a
responsible business reopening plan within Montezuma County. Comments were made by Dr. Kent Aikin, County Administrator Shak Powers, Public Health Director Bobbi Lock, City of Cortez Manager John Dougherty, City of Cortez Karen Sheek, Mancos Town Administrator Heather Alvarez, Mancos Chamber of Commerce Margaret Goodell, Interim Town of Dolores Manager Ken Charleston, Dolores Chamber Susan Lisak, Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Chairman Manual Heart and Mancos Mayor Queenie Barz. Topics discussed included; the John Hopkins Principles for a Phased Reopening During COVID19: Guidelines for Governors, rapid testing, the purchased rapid testing equipment, community support, contact tracing, physical distancing, business closure appeals, exemption requests with guidance from the Health Department, the John Hopkins Proposed Principles for Action, the decline of local cases, a phased in reopening plan, phased approach plans from Mesa County and Eagle Counties, hospital elective surgeries, event gathering limits, vaccine development, community wide testing, more testing would result in more positive cases, additional assistance for the Health Department to complete required contract tracing, a balance between public safety and economics, the development of a pullback plan, business compliance to Health Department standards, additional help for the Health Department to give guidance for local businesses, law enforcement compliance, personal responsibility, the scheduled County reopen for Monday April 27, 2020, a joint entity request to expedite the delivery of the rapid testing equipment, testing supplies, the hospital surge capacity, a tentative Town of Mancos reopen plan, the timing for the Dolores Town hall reopening, the development of reopening plans for local businesses, a standardized county sign for businesses, employee trainings, posting of business plans for customers to review, the proposed Governor’s reopen recommendations, the largest employer in Montezuma County, neighboring states case numbers, county impacts from visitors from neighboring states and the development of an outline for a county wide reopening plan to present for further review.

MEETING ADJOURNED: 11:00 a.m.

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Chairman
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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