MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS MEETING

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. with Linda Hoffman, County Manager. Chair Donnelly presided, and Commissioner Kefalas was present. Commissioner Johnson was excused. Also present were: Brenda Gimeson and Alisha Jeffers, Commissioners’ Office; and Deirdre O’Neill, 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. No members of the public addressed the Board.

 

2.         APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 15, 2019:

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of April 15, 2019.

 

Motion carried 2-0.

 

3.         REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 29, 2019:   Ms. Gimeson reviewed the schedule for the upcoming week with the Board.

 

4.         CONSENT AGENDA:  

 

ABATEMENTS: Recommended Denial-JUR # R16600670/86124-20-010(2018); Recommended Denial-Baugh, Duff & Phelps LLC; Kidder # R0749818/88301-07-015 (2016/2017), Recommended Denial-Johnson, Joseph, Joseph C. Sansone Company; Two Deer, Inc # R1031503/35233-06-001 (2016).

 

04232019A001             MEMORANDUM OF LAND LEASE AGREEMENT AMENDMENT

 

04232019A002            LAND LEASE AGREEMENT

           

04232019R001             RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, LARIMER COUNTY, COLORADO, EXTENDING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON THE APPLICATION AND REVIEW OF PARK AND RECREATION FACILITIES IN RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICTS IN THE UNINCORPORATED ESTES VALLEY.

 

04232019R002            RESOLUTION APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO THE ESTES VALLEY DEVELOPMENT CODE REGARDING SCHOOLS.

 

MISCELLANEOUS : Reappropriation of the 2018 Funding for the 2019 HIPAA Project.

 

M O T I O N

 

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

Agenda as outlined above.

 

Motion carried 2-0.   

 

5.         COMMENTS FROM COMMISSIONERS’ GUESTS: Chair Donnelly invited Deputy District Attorney Mitch Murray and Michelle Bird, Public Affairs Manager, to address the Board.

 

Mr. Murray addressed the Board wishing to voice his concerns about current Senate Bill 19-191, Prompt Pretrial Liberty and Fairness concerning defendant’s rights to pretrial bond. The Bill states that a court must hold a bond setting hearing for an in-custody defendant within 48 hours after the defendant arrives at the jail or holding facility. A defendant must be allowed to post bond within two hours after the Sheriff receives the bond information from the court. A defendant cannot be charged more than a $10.00 bond processing fee and not charged any additional transaction fees including kiosk fees. The custodian of a jail has to release a defendant within four hours after the defendant has posted bond and is physically present in the jail, other than if the defendant needs to be fitted for an electronic monitoring device, then the four hour period does not apply  If a defendant has been granted bond and can meet the terns of the bond, the court shall release the defendant even if the defendant is unable to pay a fee or cost.

 

Mr. Murray explained that one of his concerns is the amount of staffing that will now be needed on weekends including on call Judges, security, bond commissioners, as well as administrative staffing. Mr. Murray is also concerned about the amount of time Police Officers will be taken from other duties which will pose a public safety threat. Mr. Murray is very concerned about the substantial impacts on local government as well as the negative impact this will now have on victims.

 

Ms. Bird let the Commissioners know that the Larimer County Sheriffs department also shares the same concerns.

 

There was some discussion among the Board and Mr. Murray and Ms. Bird. Ms. Bird let the Board know that it passed the House on April 22, 2019 and no further date has been set at this time.

 

The Commissioners thanked Mr. Murray and Ms. Bird for the updates and will continue to monitor the Bill.

 

6.         PROCLOMATION DECLARING MAY 2019 MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH:  To reaffirm our commitment to raising awareness on Mental Health.

 

Laurie Stolen, Behavioral Health Services Director, Rachel Iverson, Department Specialist along with Tom Gonzales, Anne Poler, Nathan Grauthause, Kelsey Lyon and Katie O’Donnell addressed the Board to discuss Mental Health issues and the effects on the community. They spoke about their five-year plan and top priorities as well as improving the lives of Coloradoans.

 

Commissioner Kefalas read the following proclamation:                                 

 

WHEREAS, Mental Health Month has been observed since 1949 to raise awareness of mental health conditions and the importance of mental health; and

 

WHEREAS, we are all affected by mental health, and one in four Coloradoans experiences mental health conditions or substance use disorders, or both, each year; and

 

WHEREAS, the stigma against mental health conditions remains one of the greatest barriers to improving the lives of all Coloradans through better mental health; and

 

WHEREAS, mental health systems of care must be designed to meet the needs of the people being served; and

 

WHEREAS, 50% of all people with mental health conditions experience them by age 14, and 74% by age 24; and

 

WHEREAS, trusting and respectful relationships are the basis for successful treatment engagement and recovery; and

 

WHEREAS, increased focus on the prevention of mental health conditions and substance use disorders among children and adolescents through screening and early intervention helps improve lives, and

 

WHEREAS, comprehensive, community-based services that respond to individuals with mental health needs are cost-effective and beneficial to consumers and our community; and

 

WHEREAS, access to necessary medication and appropriate treatment helps prevent individuals from ending up in emergency rooms and jails; and

 

WHEREAS, people with lived experience of mental illness and/or substance use disorders get better, live in recovery, and provide invaluable knowledge of how to improve and transform systems of care, and

 

WHEREAS, it costs 7 times more to incarcerate someone with mental health issues than to treat them in the community; and

 

WHEREAS, there is a strong and growing body of evidence that supports the cost effectiveness and benefits to communities that have successfully implemented continuums of mental health care; NOW, THEREFORE, WE, the Larimer County Board of Commissioners do hereby proclaim May 2019 as Mental Health Awareness Month

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners proclaim the month of May 2019 Mental Health Awareness Month.

 

Motion carried 2-0.

 

      7.          COUNTY MANAGER WORKSESSION:  Ms. Hoffman updated the Board on upcoming projects and activities.

 

8.         COMMISSIONER ACTIVITY REPORTS:  The Commissioners detailed their attendance at events during the previous week.

 

9.          EXECUTIVE SESSION: The Board went into Executive Session to discuss Real Estate, pursuant to C.R.S 24-6-402(4)(a).

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners enter Executive Session to discuss Real Estate, pursuant to C.R.S 24-6-402(4)(a).

 

Motion carried 2-0.

 

With there being no further business, the Board recessed at 9:50 a.m.

 

 

 

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TOM DONNELLY

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

ANGELA MYERS

CLERK AND RECORDER

ATTEST:

 

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Deirdre O’Neill, Deputy Clerk