MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

Monday, April 1, 2019

 

LAND USE MEETING

 

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 3:00 p.m. with Carol Kuhn, Principal Planner. Chair Donnelly presided. Commissioner Johnson and Commissioner Kefalas were present. Also present were: Leslie Ellis, Community Development Director; Michael Whitley, Community Development; Katie Gray, Engineering; Jeannine Haag, County Attorney, and Elizabeth Carter, Deputy Clerk.

 

Chair Donnelly opened the hearing with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Chair Donnelly noted that the following items were on the consent agenda and would not be discussed unless requested to do so by the Board, staff, or members of the audience.

 

1.    AYERIE MINOR SUBDIVISION PLAT NOTE CORRECTION: The property is located west of Highway 66 in Estes Park, Colorado. The applicant is seeking approval of a plat note correction to eliminate inappropriate language included on the plat of Ayerie Minor Subdivision approved by the Board in December of 2000. Per the Estes Valley Development Code (EVDC), multiple dwellings may be permitted on properties zoned A-1 Accommodations, subject to density and dimensional standards. As such, the current plat note stating, “no additional dwelling units shall be allowed on either lot”, is not valid nor enforceable. In general, except in jurisdictions that adopted a Unified Development Code, zoning regulatory notes on subdivision plats such as this one do not supersede zoning regulations in the Code itself. The Estes Valley Development Code is not a Unified Development Code. County staff recommends approval of the Plat Note Correction.

 

2.         EGGERS ELECTRIC REZONING, FILE #18-ZONE2378: The subject properties are located in Loveland, Colorado, west of the intersection of Eisenhower Boulevard and Namaqua Avenue. The properties contain a number of commercial buildings which house Eggers Electric’s business operations. Collectively, the parcels are 3.84 acres. The northern 220 feet of the two lots adjacent to Eisenhower Boulevard are zoned T – Tourist with the balance of the properties zoned R-1 – Residential. The third parcel is entirely zoned R-1. All of the existing buildings and improvements are located on the portion of the property zoned T - Tourist.

 

The property owners would like to establish an Outdoor Storage business south of the portion of the properties used by Eggers Electric. Outdoor Storage is not allowed by the current zoning so a rezoning to PD – Planned Development is required. The proposed Planned Development zoning would also allow Trade Uses, Automobile Service Stations, Car Washes, Convenience Stores, General Commercial and Personal Services and Professional Offices. Each of those uses is proposed to be allowed through the Site Plan Review process. Section 4.3.7.H of the Land Use Code contains standards for outdoor storage. In the zoning districts where outdoor storage is allowed, outdoor storage uses can be reviewed through the Site Plan Review process if the site complies with all of the standards. If the site cannot comply with the standards, Minor Special Review approval is required. Staff proposes that these same review procedures be applicable within the proposed Planned Development zoning.

 

The standards from Section 4.3.7.H are:

 

1.         Outdoor storage as a principal use must be effectively screened from adjacent properties located outside the area that is zoned C-Commercial or I-1 Industrial. See section 8.5, landscaping.

 

2.         All outdoor storage areas must maintain adequate emergency access lanes around and through the outdoor storage areas.

 

3.         An outdoor storage use, as a principal use, may include one single-family dwelling that is occupied by the owner or operator of the storage use.

 

4.         Outdoor storage uses must be maintained in an orderly manner with no junk, trash, or debris.

 

5.         Outdoor storage areas must be outside the sight triangle at any driveway or intersection as determined by the Urban Area Street Standards or the Rural Area Road Standards.

 

6.         Outdoor storage areas must be located outside any parking, traffic circulation, right of way, or landscaping area that serves the site.

 

The properties are within the Loveland Growth Management Area and two of the properties are contiguous to the City of Loveland municipal limits. Section 4.2.1.D of the Land Use Code requires that the property owners seek annexation to the City of Loveland rather than apply to rezone the property to Planned Development. The City of Loveland provided a letter dated August 28, 2017 stating that they declined to pursue annexation of the properties because the property owner is not requesting additional utility services from the City and the properties lack the required contiguity to be annexed without a serial annexation. On November 20, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners approved an appeal to not require annexation of the properties and authorizing Larimer County to accept a rezoning application.

 

To approve an amendment to the zoning district boundaries, overlay district boundaries or zone designation of a parcel on the official zoning map, the Board must consider the following review criteria and find that each criterion has been met or determined to be inapplicable:

 

A.         The proposed change is consistent with the Master Plan. The subject properties are located within the Loveland Growth Management Area (GMA). The Larimer County Master Plan anticipates urban uses within the Growth Management Area. Within GMAs, the goal when rezoning property is to be consistent with the City’s adopted Comprehensive Plan. Loveland’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan envisions a commercial corridor immediately adjacent to Highway 34/Eisenhower Boulevard. City of Loveland staff provided written comments on the proposed rezoning and did not express objections or concerns with the proposed uses within the Planned Development zoning. The proposal complies with this criterion in that it would allow additional commercial land use options.

 

B.         The proposed change is compatible with existing and allowed uses on properties in the neighborhood and is the appropriate zoning for the property. Surrounding properties are currently zoned T – Tourist, R-1 – Residential, PD – Planned Development and City of Loveland B – Developing Business. Loveland’s Developing Business zoning allows trade uses by right and allows accessory outdoor storage through a Special Review process. The Gomez Planned Development zoning immediately to the east was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in 2015. That Planned Development allows Trade Uses and Enclosed Storage through the Site Plan Review process. The Gomez PD allows Outdoor Storage either through the Site Plan Review or Minor Special Review process depending on compliance or non-compliance with the requirements found in Section 4.3.7.H of the Land Use Code. Given the lack of concern from surrounding property owners and City of Loveland staff, the adjacent zoning in the Loveland city limits, and the recent rezoning of the property to the east, the Development Services Team finds that the proposed change would be compatible with existing and allowed uses on properties in the neighborhood and is the appropriate zoning for the property. The proposal complies with this criterion by setting forth standards within the PD to allow for both trade uses and outdoor storage (subject to approval through the applicable review procedure).

 

C.         Conditions in the neighborhood have changed to the extent that the proposed change is necessary. The property immediately to the east of these parcels was recently rezoned to allow similar uses to those that are proposed with this rezoning request. Given the commercial character of the corridor, it is unlikely that the portions of the subject properties zoned R-1 will be developed with residential uses. The Development Services Team has concluded that it would be appropriate to rezone the property to reflect commercial uses that may be more appropriate for the property and more likely to occur than residential uses and to be consistent with the changing conditions in the area. The proposal complies with this criterion.

 

D.        The proposed change does not result in significant adverse impacts on the natural environment.  It is not likely that there would be adverse impacts of the natural environment as long as the property is developed in compliance with the applicable Land Use Code requirements.

 

E.         The proposed change addresses a community need.  The proposed change addresses a community need in that it supports a long-term existing business. The proposed rezoning would make the existing nonconforming Trade Use on the property a legal use, would allow for expansion of that business, and would allow further development of the property consistent with other commercial uses in the vicinity.

 

F.         The proposed change results in a logical and orderly development pattern in the neighborhood. Given the existing zoning in the vicinity and an anticipated continued lack of interest in further residential development on this property and in the vicinity, the Development Services Team finds that the proposed change would result in a logical and orderly development pattern in the neighborhood.

 

G.        In order to approve a rezoning to PD-Planned Development district, the subject parcel must be within a Growth Management Area overlay zone district or the LaPorte Plan Area or other adopted sub-area plan, and the Board of County Commissioners must also find that the proposed land use type, density and intensity are consistent with the applicable supplementary regulations, if any, or with the LaPorte Area Plan or other adopted sub-area plan.  The property is within the established GMA Overlay Zone District for the City of Loveland. As proposed, the rezoning would be consistent with the plan for land use types and intensities in the area.

 

H.        In order to establish or enlarge a GMA district, the Board must also find that the criteria in subsection 4.2.1.B.3 have been met. The subject request would not enlarge the existing GMA; thus this criterion would not apply to this application.

 

I.          The Board may exclude or remove an area from an established GMA district boundary if they find one or more of the review criteria in subsection 4.2.1.B.3 can no longer be met. The subject request would not propose to exclude any area from the established Loveland GMA boundary and therefore this criterion would not be applicable to this application.

 

The Larimer County Engineering Department, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, City of Loveland and the Colorado Department of Transportation provided written comments. None of the referral agencies have concerns with the proposed rezoning but many did provide advisory comments that will be applicable when the property owners propose to further development the properties.

 

The Development Services Team recommends approval of the Eggers Electric Rezoning, File #18-ZONE2378, request to rezone the property from T – Tourist & R-1 – Residential to PD – Planned Development, subject to the following conditions:

 

1. The permitted uses, lot building and structure requirements, setbacks and structure height limitations for the Eggers Electric Planned Development shall be as follows:

 

A. Principal uses:

 

Commercial

1. Automobile service station (SP)

2. Carwash (SP)

3. Convenience store (SP)

4. General commercial (SP)

5. Personal service (SP)

6. Professional office (SP)

 

Industrial

7. Outdoor storage (SP/MS See Section 4.3.7.H)

8. Trade use (SP)

 

B. Lot, building and structure requirements:

 

1.         Minimum lot size:

 

a. 100,000 square feet (2.3-acres) if a well or septic system is used.

 

b. 15,000 square feet (0.34-acre) if public water and sewer are used.

 

2.         Minimum required setbacks: (If more than one setback applies, the greater setback is required).

 

a. Street and road setback (Refer to section 4.9.1 setbacks from highways, county roads, and all other streets and roads.) The setback from a street or road must be 25 feet from the lot line, nearest edge of the road easement, nearest edge of right-of-way, or nearest edge of traveled way, whichever is greater.

 

b. Side yards—10-feet.

 

c. Rear yards—20-feet.

           

d. Refer to section 4.9.2 for additional setback requirements (including but not limited to streams, creeks and rivers).

 

3. Maximum structure height, 40-feet.

 

4. A parcel may be used for one or more principal buildings and accessory buildings.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the consent

agenda as outlined above.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

3.          HARMONY ROAD ELECTRONIC BILLBOARD APPEAL, FILE #19-GNRL0460: Michael Whitley, Community Development.    Mr. Whitley relayed that the subject property is a 6.46-acre parcel located northwest of the intersection of Harmony Road and Interstate 25. The property is zoned C – Commercial and is in the Fort Collins Growth Management Area. The applicant is requesting an appeal to Sections 10.5.E & 10.11 of the Land Use Code to allow a new electronic billboard where none would be allowed and to allow it to be larger and taller than a freestanding sign is allowed in the C – Commercial zoning district.

 

Mr. Whitley reported that the Larimer County Land Use Code defines an off-premises sign as, “a sign which is used or intended for use to advertise, identify, direct or attract the attention to a business, institution, product, organization, event or location offered or existing elsewhere than upon the same property where such sign is displayed.” New off-premises signs have been prohibited in unincorporated Larimer County since June 15, 1992.

 

Mr. Whitley stated that in unincorporated Larimer County, the allowed height and size of freestanding signs is based on the setback of the sign from the property line adjacent to a street.  The Larimer County Land Use Code does not allow freestanding signs taller than 18 feet or larger than 90-square-feet per sign face.  To have a freestanding sign of that height and size, the sign would need to have a setback of 36 feet or more from the property line. The proposed electronic billboard would be 32 feet tall and it would have two 300-square-foot sign faces.  Mr. Whitley reported that the applicant did not provide the exact setback of the proposed sign. In exchange for the new billboard, the applicant proposes to remove six billboards with a total of nine sign faces.  Three of the billboards proposed to be removed are in the Fort Collins city limits and three are in unincorporated Larimer County. If the appeal is granted, the electronic message billboard could not change more frequently than once every minute to be in compliance with Section 10.5.B of the Land Use Code.

 

Mr. Whitley noted that to approve an appeal from the applicable requirements in   Section 10 of this Code the Board of County Commissioners must consider the following review criteria and find that each criterion has been met or determined to be inapplicable:

 

            A.         Approval of the appeal is consistent with the purpose and intent of this Code. The purpose and intent of the regulations within Section 10 of the Land Use Code is to not allow off-premises signs, to provide consistent regulations for the allotment of commercial signage, and to have sign regulations consistent with the regulations adopted by the City of Fort Collins and the City of Loveland. Mr. Whitley noted that Larimer County’s sign regulations were deliberately written to be consistent with the regulations adopted by the City of Fort Collins and the City of Loveland to reduce the potential for nonconformities should signs permitted in unincorporated Larimer County be annexed to one of those cities. Approval of the appeal would allow this property to have a billboard when new billboards have been prohibited since June 15, 1992 and would allow the billboard to be 32 feet tall when the maximum height of a freestanding sign is 18 feet (1.7 times taller than allowed) with 300 square feet per sign face when a maximum size is 90 square feet per sign face (3.3 times larger than allowed). The applicant’s project description states that removing six billboards with nine sign faces is intended to be consistent with a billboard trade-off program being considered by the City of Fort Collins. The City of Fort Collins provided comments that include a recommendation of denial of this appeal. The comments note that while the Fort Collins City Council continues to discuss digital billboard regulations, Fort Collins’ current regulations and their draft regulations would not allow the proposed electronic billboard on the subject property.

 

Additionally, Mr. Whitley stated that according to the Fort Collins staff comments, the proposed appeal conflicts with their current sign regulation in that the regulations do not allow new off-premises signage, limits freestanding signs to 18 feet in height and 90 square feet per sign face and require a pole cover reducing the free air space under the sign to 30%. Mr. Whitely took the Board through the City’s comments. He noted that the appeal request also conflicts with the following proposed regulations:

           

            1) City staff has proposed a requirement to remove eight existing billboards to display one digital billboard face.  A two-sided digital billboard would require the removal of 16 existing billboards if this replacement ratio moves forward.  The removal of nine faces is proposed.

 

            2)Sign height would be limited to 26 feet. The application requests a 32-foot tall billboard.

 

             3) Sign square footage would be limited to 250 square feet if facing I-25 and 90 square feet if facing E Harmony Road.  The application proposes 300 square feet per sign face.

           

            4)A 1,000-foot setback would be required from interchanges. The subject property is less than 1,000 feet from the interchange of Harmony Road and I-25.

 

5)A 500-foot setback would be required from natural areas. The property is     adjacent to the Arapaho Bend Natural Area.

 

Mr. Whitley reported that the Development Services Team’s assessment is that approval of the appeal would not be consistent with the intent and purpose of the Land Use Code.  The proposal does not comply with this criterion.

 

B.         There are extraordinary or exceptional conditions on the site which would result in a peculiar or undue hardship on the property owner if  Section 10 of this Code is strictly enforced. Mr. Whitley noted that there has never been a sign permit issued for a freestanding sign on the property.  There have been five permits issued for walls signs which cumulatively are well under the overall sign allotment for the property. Additionally, Mr. Whitley stated that if Section 10 of the Land Use Code is strictly enforced, the owners of businesses located on the property would have to ability to obtain permits for a freestanding sign along the property’s Harmony Road frontage, a freestanding along the property’s I-25 frontage, and permits could be obtained for additional wall signage.  The strict enforcement of Section 10 would not allow for the construction of a billboard to advertise off-premises businesses. There is no evidence that there are extraordinary or exceptional conditions on the site that would result in a peculiar or undue hardship on the property owner if Section 10 of the Land Use Code is strictly enforced. The proposal does not comply with this criterion.

 

            C.         Approval of the appeal would not result in an economic or marketing advantage over other businesses which have signs which comply with  Section 10 of this Code. Approval of the appeal would allow this property to have a billboard when new billboards are no longer permitted and would allow the billboard to be 32 feet tall when the maximum height of a freestanding sign is 18 feet (1.7 times taller than allowed) with 300 square feet per sign face when a maximum size of a freestanding sign face is 90 square feet (3.3 times larger than allowed). Approval of the appeal would provide an economic and marketing advantage over businesses that comply with Section 10 of the Land Use Code.  The proposal does not comply with this criterion.

 

Mr. Whitley reported that the Development Services Team found that the approval of the proposed appeal is not consistent with the purpose and intent of the Land Use Code, that there are not extraordinary circumstances on the site which would result in an undue hardship on the property owner if Section 10 were strictly enforced, and approval of the appeal would result in an economic or marketing advantage over other businesses which have signs which comply with Section 10 of the Land Use Code.

 

There was a discussion between the Board and staff regarding what efforts had been made by the applicant to bring the appeal into compliance with existing/potential new regulations.  Staff reported that the applicant was clear on what the current regulation are under Section 10.  Additionally, there was a discussion regarding previous Board decisions allowing for the repair but restricting the replacement of existing billboards.

 

Chair Donnelly invited the applicant to come forward.  Gary Young and Troy Hammond with Street Media Group presented the applicant’s proposal. Mr. Young reported to the Board that his company was working with the owners of the property, the Colorado State Land Board (CSLB), to find a win-win situation for all parties.  The CSLB is charged with managing assets/land to generate revenue for the state’s public schools.  Mr. Young noted that the applicant is presenting a proposal to both generate income for schools, while reducing the number of signs and sign faces in Larimer County. Mr. Hammond then walked the Board through some of the potential benefits for the community if the appeal was approved.  These include: a reduction in the number of billboard signs (and faces), an opportunity to promote community events, displays of public service announcements and the financial benefit via the CSLB to Colorado public schools. Mr. Hammond also noted that under the proposal six signs and nine faces would be removed. This would translate to a reduction of nearly 40 percent square footage of signage.

 

There was a discussion between the Board and the applicant regarding the feasibility of removing 16 sign faces. Additionally, there was a discussion regarding how often a digital sign is permissible to change under the County Code as well as what Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) current regulations.  Chair Donnelly opened the meeting to public comment.  No one from the public commented and public comment was closed.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners deny the Harmony Road Electronic Billboard Appeal File #19-GNRL0460.

 

Motion carried 2-1. Chair Donnelly dissenting.

 

With there being no further business; the Board adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS MEETING

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 10:15 a.m. with Lorenda Volker, Assistant County Manager. Chair Donnelly presided, and Commissioner Kefalas was present. Also present were: Alisha Jeffers, Commissioners’ Office; and Elizabeth Carter, Deputy Clerk.

 

Chair Donnelly opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

1.          PUBLIC COMMENT:  Chair Donnelly opened the meeting to public comment giving citizens the opportunity to address the Commissioners regarding events and issues pertaining to Larimer County. Gregg Leverett, Eric Sutherland and Rosemary VanGord addressed the Board.

 

Commissioner Johnson and Linda Hoffman, County Manager joined the meeting.

 

2.         APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2019:

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of March 25, 2019.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

3.         REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 8, 2019:   Ms. Jeffers reviewed the schedule for the upcoming week with the Board.

 

4.         CONSENT AGENDA:  

 

ABATEMENTS: As recommended by the County Assessor, the following petitions for abatement have been recommended for approval: COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION;C/O Robin Bachelet, Schedule # R1663521/97143-21-001

 

04022019 A001             PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT (P19-05) BY AND BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY AND SECURITY TRANSPORT SERVICES, INC.

           

04012019A002 OPTION FOR ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY AND EAGLE CROSSING DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

 

04022019A003            SUPPLEMENT TO PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY AND PIONEER TECHNOLOGY GROUP, LLC (PIONEER)

 

04022019A004            COLORADO VETERANS' SERVICE TO CAREER PILOT PROGRAM WORKPLAN BY AND BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT

 

04022019A005            PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT (P19-07, UNPAVED ROAD MAINTENANCE - STORM MOUNTAIN PID) BY AND BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY AND FOSTER DIRT AND CONSTRUCTION

 

04022019A006            EASEMENT AND RIGHT OF WAY AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY AND THE FORT COLLINS-LOVELAND WATER DISTRICT

 

04022019A007            TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT AND AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY AND THE FORT COLLINS-LOVELAND WATER DISTRICT

 

04022019R001             FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE CITY OF GREELEY BELLVUE PIPELINE FLOOD PLAIN SPECIAL REVIEW

 

LIQUOR LICENSES:  JJ’s Bar and Grill – Tavern– Fort Collins, Beaver Meadows Resort and Ranch –Change of Corporate Structure –Red Feather Lake.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Consent

Agenda as outlined above.

 

Motion carried 3-0.   

 

5.         COMMENTS FROM COMMISSIONERS’ GUESTS: Commissioner Donnelly invited Paul Gessler (Veterans for Peace) and Saxton Wiley to address the Board.  Mr. Gessler and Mr. Wiley addressed the Board regarding challenges facing veterans adjusting to civilian life.  Mr. Gessler specifically addressed issues surrounding a mental health services and the ability of veterans to choose conscientious objector status upon their return. Mr. Wiley, a psychologist, addressed some of the challenges facing the County Veterans’ Office and the need for veterans to have a secure and separate space where they can wait to speak with office staff.

 

6.         PROCLMATION DECLARING APRIL 2019 CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH: Angela Meade and Thad Paul, Child and Family Service and Laura Walker, Director of Human Services.  Ms. Meade noted that every year during the month of April the United States proclaims the importance of Child Abuse Prevention. It has been a long-standing tradition in Larimer County for the Board of County Commissioners to proclaim the month of April Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Ms. Meade stated that the proclamation coupled with a variety of events being held throughout the month are an effort to increase awareness of child abuse prevention.  Additionally, the proclamation is intended to highlight the efforts and activities of citizens, businesses and agencies to support children and prevention efforts for at risk children, youth and families living in Larimer County. Ms. Walker also made note that the support of the Board and the proclamation goes a long way in aiding efforts by County office to both thank and continue to encourage public participation in activities and services that help to prevent child abuse.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners proclaim April 2019 as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

 

Motion carried 3-0.   

 

The Board took a brief recess.

 

7.         PROCLAMATION DECLARING APRIL 1-7, 2019 NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK IN LARIMER COUNTY: Tom Gonzales, Public Health Director, Jennifer Lee, President of the Board of Health, Abbey Strand, Director of Community Health Services, Kelsey Lyon, Katie O’Donnell, Public Health Department; Tom Butts, Director of Health Department. Mr. Gonzales reported to the Board that this proclamation designates April 1-7, 2019 as National Public Health Week in Larimer County. The proclamation notes that the mission of the Larimer County Board of Health and the Board of County Commissioners to advance the community’s health, safety, well-being and quality of life. Mr. Gonzales noted that specifically the Public Health Department strives to protect the community from disease, prepares for public health emergencies and keeps people healthy by investigating outbreaks and working on activities that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the places where we live, work and play. Ms. Lee also extended the appreciation of the Board of Health for the hard work of the employees at the Public Health Department and the continued support of the community and Larimer County.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board proclaim April 1-7, 2019 as National Public Health Week in Larimer County.

 

Motion carried 3-0.   

 

The Board took a brief recess.

 

8.         INCREASE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT FTES: Laurie Stolen, Behavioral Health Department Director, Ann Pollar and Rachel Iverson; Behavioral Health Department. Ms. Stolen reported to the Board that as the Behavioral Health Initiative unfolds, the workload has exceeded its current capacities. She noted that her Department has required the support of staff from other County Departments such as Human Services, Human Resources, Health and Environment and Criminal Justice Services to handle the increasing workloads. Ms. Stolen relayed that the Behavioral Department is at a point where there is justification to hire a Business Operations Manager and a Health Planner/Evaluation Specialist (two FTEs) to support the growing demands of the Department. Funding for the FTEs is provided by current Departmental budget. This is to allocate the FTE's.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve two additional FTEs in the Behavioral Health Services Department.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

      9.          COUNTY MANAGER WORKSESSION:  Ms. Hoffman updated the Board on upcoming projects and activities. Ms. Hoffman reported to the Board that there is currently legislation in the State Legislature, H.B. 1278 which would overhaul the election process. The intent of the bill is to improve voter access by opening more voting centers and ballot box drop offs.  Ms. Hoffman reported that Larimer County does not struggle with long wait times for voters or lack of access to ballot drop off locations.  Additionally, the measure could potentially move Larimer County into a different tier qualification which would drastically increase the number of vote centers required in the County. The cost of these increases would have to be absorbed by the County and the taxpayer.  It is estimated the measure could cost Larimer County upwards of $5 million. Lastly, Ms. Hoffman noted that currently, Colorado ranks 4th in the Country of how quickly voters get through the voting process. Ms. Hoffman stated that Clerk Meyers is seeking a letter of support from the Board requesting clarity on the cost of measure as well as concerns over the ongoing financial impact of the bill upon counties.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners distribute a letter from the Board to the State Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and the Larimer County legislative delegation opposing H.B. 1278.

 

Motion carried 3-0.   

 

10.        COMMISSIONER ACTIVITY REPORTS: The Board detailed their attendance at events during the previous week.

 

11.         LEGAL MATTERS:  RATIFY FINDINGS & RESOLUTIONS FOR VACATION OF PLAT FOR LEE MINOR LAND DEVELOPMENT APPROVED AT THE LAND USE HEARING ON MARCH 25, 2019: Jeannine Haag, County Attorney. Ms. Haag noted that this is a house keeping item to ratify the finding and resolutions from the Land Use Hearing on March 25, 2019.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners ratify the approval and signing by the Chair of the Finding and Resolutions for the vacation of the plat for the Lee Minor Land Development as approved by the Board at the Land Use Hearing on March 25, 2019.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

With there being no further business, the Board adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

 

 

 

____________________________________

TOM DONNELLY

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

 

ANGELA MYERS

CLERK AND RECORDER

ATTEST:

 

__________________________________________

Elizabeth Carter, Deputy Clerk