MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020

 

 LAND USE HEARING

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 3:00 p.m., with Don Threewitt, Principal Planner. Chair Johnson presided, Commissioner Donnelly and Commissioner Kefalas were present. Also present were Rob Helmick, Community Development, via teleconference; Matt Lafferty, Community Department; Steven Rothwell, Engineering; Jeanine Haag, County Attorney’s Office; and Deirdre O'Neill, Deputy Clerk. 

 

Chair Johnson opened the hearing with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Chair Johnson 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. Chair Johnson asked the planning department if they knew of any opposition to either Resolution. Matt Lafferty, Principle Planner did advise the Board that he received one email pertaining to the Cookies parcel from a neighbor who stated that they were not objecting to the easement.

 

1.    HIAWATHA HEIGHTS, BLOCK 21, LOTS 9-12 LOT CONSOLIDATION, FILE #20-LAND3965:  This is a request to combine the area of Lots 9, 10, 11, and 12 to create a .27-acre lot. The applicants seek to combine four lots within Hiawatha Heights, Block 21 to create one .27-acre lot. The parcels have been combined by the assessor’s office for taxing purposes, therefore, there is one parcel number for the combined area of the four lots.

 

The applicant also seeks an appeal to the lot ratio standard required by section 8.14.1.H which states that lots cannot exceed a depth-to–width ratio of 3-to-1 or a width–to-depth ratio of 1.5-to-1. This standard is difficult in this case due to the consolidation of four lots; therefore, the appeal is requested.

 

The Larimer County Land Use Code allows for the approval of a lot consolidation if the following review criteria are met:

 

A.   No additional lots will be created by the lot consolidation.

 

B.    The resultant lots will meet the required minimum lot size of the applicable zoning district and the lot dimension ratio required by subsection 8.14.1.H. If any of the lots are nonconforming with respect to the minimum lot size or the lot dimension ratio, the lot consolidation must not increase the nonconformity.

 

C.   The lot consolidation will not create a nonconforming setback for any existing building.

 

D.    The resultant lots will meet the requirements of subsection 8.14.1.I. Lots cannot be divided by a municipal or county boundary line, road, alley, or another lot.

 

E.   The lot consolidation will not adversely affect access, drainage or utility easements or rights-of-way serving the property or other properties in the area.

 

F.    Any covenants, deed restrictions or other conditions of approval that apply to the original lots must also apply to the resultant lots and be noted on the final plat, except those changes to a condition or note on a plat that are approved with this application. The County Commissioners shall consider the original reason or circumstance for a condition or note on a plat when approving a change.

 

The Larimer County Land Use Code outlines the review criteria for appeals to deviate from minimum standards as stated below:

 

A.   Approval of the appeal will not subvert the purpose of the standard or requirement.

 

B.    Approval of the appeal will not be detrimental to the public health, safety or property values in the neighborhood.

 

C.   Approval of the appeal is the minimum action necessary.

 

D.    Approval of the appeal will not result in increased costs to the general public.

 

E.   Approval of the appeal is consistent with the intent and purpose of the Code.

 

The Development Services Team recommends approval of the lot consolidation, subject to the following conditions:

 

1.    All conditions of approval shall be met, and the final resolution recorded by October 6, 2020 or this approval shall be null and void.

 

2.    The resultant lot is subject to any and all covenants, deed restrictions, or other conditions that apply to the original lots.

 

 

2.    COOKIES PARCELS SUBDIVISION ACCESS AND UTILITY EASEMENT VACATION: This is a request for a vacation of the northern 282-feet of an access and utility easement on Lot 1.

 

The applicants propose to vacate a portion of an access and utility easement on their lot. This lot was created by the Cookies Parcels Subdivision plat. The file information indicates that was intended to assure that the owner of lot 2 had access to the portion of their lot north of the Culver Lateral Ditch. Since the platting, however, the owners of lot 2 did place a culvert on the ditch allowing access to that area of their lot so that the easement is not required for that purpose. The original platting also had both lots sharing access at the new point; therefore, the applicants are retaining the southern 193-feet of the easement as a common access easement. The applicant has confirmed with utility providers that portion proposed for vacation is not needed.

 

The Larimer County Land Use Code allows for the approval of a Right-of-Way or Easement Vacation if the following review criteria are met:

 

A.   Approval of the vacation request will not leave any land adjoining the right-of-way without an established public road or private access easement connecting the land with another established public road, or without utility or drainage services.

 

B.    The recommendation of referral agencies has been considered.

 

C.   Any right-of-way that is vacated will be divided equally between the lots on each side, unless it can be demonstrated that all the right-of-way was originally taken from one parcel. In that case, the right-of-way will be returned to that parcel. Property owners on each side of the right-of-way may agree to divide the vacated right-of –way differently but must sign deeds to transfer ownership after the County Commissioners approve the vacation.

 

The Development Services Team recommends approval of the Cookies Parcels Subdivision Access and Utility Easement Vacation File #20-LAND3961.

                                   

MOTION

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved to approve the consent agenda for Monday, April 6, 2020 and further moved to authorize the Chair to sign the Findings and Resolutions.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

With there being no more land use items, the Board adjourned until 6:30 p.m.

 

LAND USE HEARING

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 6:30p.m., with Matt Lafferty, Principal Planner. Chair Johnson presided, Commissioner Donnelly and Commissioner Kefalas were present. Also present were: Lesli Elis, Community Development Director; Mark Pfaffinger, Chief Information Officer; Tom Butts, Public Health and Environment via Zoom, Leah Schneider, Health Department, via Zoom; Frank Haug, County Attorney’s Office; and Deirdre O'Neill, Deputy Clerk.

 

Continuation of March 23, 2020 6:30 p.m. Hearing

           

PUBLIC HEARING DISCUSSION ITEM:

 

1.    AMENDMENTS TO THE LARIMER COUNTY LAND USE CODE REGARDING OIL AND GAS REGULATIONS, FILE #20-CODE0245: This is a request to amend the Larimer County Land Use Code By:

 

1.    Modifying the definition of Oil and Gas Drilling and production as found in Section 0.1

 

2.    Modifying Sections 4.1.1. through 4.1.23., and Zoning Table in Section 4.0 by changing the procedure for Oil and Gas Drilling and production form (R) to (SR).

 

3.    Updating the description of Oil and Gas Drilling and production in Section 4.3.

 

4.    Adding Section 17.0 Oil and Gas Facilities.

 

 

BACKGROUND:

 

In late 2018, oil production figures published by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) showed Larimer County to be the second highest oil producing county in the state, up from tenth in just three years. This spike in production rates, along with Proposition 112 (ballot initiative to increase statewide setbacks for the siting of new oil and gas operations) evoked discussions between the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Community Development Department as to whether or not the County should develop land use regulations focusing on oil and gas development. Acknowledging that the County has no regulations and defers decision making on such uses entirely to the state, the BOCC agreed that the County should develop local regulations.

 

In March 2019, the Board of County Commissioners agreed on a charter for the Oil and Gas Regulations Task Force (Task Force) to advise staff in the development of such regulations and began advertising for the Task Force.

 

In May 2019, the BOCC completed assembly of the 15-member Oil and Gas Regulations Task Force. This Task Force was formed to review and provide input on draft oil and gas regulations developed by county staff and provide a recommendation on the final set of oil and gas regulations

 

On October 30, 2019, staff presented the Task Force with a rough draft of proposed regulations. The Task force discussed the proposed regulations and the general understanding leaving the meeting was that the regulations were on the right track and any further refinement should maintain the balanced approach that was already being taken.

 

Following the last meeting of the Task Force, the Community Development Department posted the draft regulations on the project webpage for public review and comment. The comment period was open through the month of November and included an open house/office hours session on November 21. The comment period resulted in approximately 100 public comments and 13 formal responses to the draft regulations.

 

During December 2019, staff refined the draft regulations based upon new information, comments from the Task Force, and comments from the public. The resulting draft was posted for public review and comments on January 6, 2020, and was presented at the joint work session of the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners on January 8, 2020, along with all the public comments received during the project.

 

Since the January 8, 2020 work session, staff has made a variety of changes in response to the comments received at the work session. Additionally, on January 23, 2020, the Task Force met one last time to share their perspective on the progress made since October 2019. At this meeting the Task Force was asked to indicate whether they believed the regulations in Section 17 to be ready, mostly ready, or not ready for hearings. From the comments at the meeting, it was determined that minor modifications throughout the regulations were needed, but the majority believed the regulations to be mostly ready for consideration of adoption.

 

To approve a change in the land use code text, the Board of County Commissioners must consider the following review criteria and find that each criterion has been met or has been determined to be inapplicable:

 

A.   The proposed change is consistent with the Master Plan and the intent and purpose of this Code.

 

B.    The proposed change is necessary to correct an omission or error in the Code.

 

On February 19, 2020, the proposed Oil and Gas Regulations were presented to the Planning

Commission. At the hearing, staff outlined the project and reviewed the highlights of the

regulations being proposed.

 

Before opening the hearing for public comment, the Planning Commission queried for clarification of several aspects of the proposed regulations. During the public hearing portion of the hearing, the Planning Commission received testimony from thirty attendees. Topics discussed included, but are not limited to, impacts of oil and gas facilities on public health safety and welfare, wildlife and the environment, setbacks, air and water quality, transparency of process, notification, and the impact of such regulations on the industry.

 

Following the public testimony, the Planning Commission asked further clarifying questions of staff. In their deliberation of the regulations the Planning Commission chose to discuss and vote on specific amendments to the regulations, before making a recommendation on the regulations in their entirety.

 

Chair Johnson started the meeting on Monday, April 6, 2020, by invited Matt Lafferty, Principle Planner to give a presentation to the Board.

 

Mr. Lafferty explained that the staff report contains almost 800 pages as well as over 100 emails that have been presented to the Board of County Commissioners.

 

Mr. Lafferty described the project participants, which included the internal staff team as well as the Oil and Gas Task Force and professional resources and went over a timeline of events and the five meetings that have been held thus far.

 

Mr. Lafferty disclosed the effects of Senate Bill 19-181. Prior to this bill local governments were able to adopt and administer local regulations but could not regulate above the standards/rules established by the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission (COGCC). Since the Senate bill local governments can now adopt and administer local regulations that can exceed the standards/rules established by the COGCC.

 

Mr. Lafferty pointed out that he will be going over section 17.0, Oil and Gas Facility and its subsections as follows:

 

            17.1     Intent and Purpose

            17.2     Review Procedures and Required Permits

            17.3     Standards Required for Oil and Gas Facilities

            17.4     Appeals

            17.5     Enforcement and Inspections

            17.6     Fees and Security for Reclamation

            17.7     Termination or Modifications of Use

            17.8     Definitions

 

Mr. Lafferty explained that he will be focusing on the first three subsections. The intent of the Land Code Use is to establish a regulatory framework for new Oil and Gas Facilities (O&GFs) to be located in the unincorporated areas of Larimer County in a manner  that acknowledges private property rights and protects the public health, safety, and general welfare, protects environment and wildlife, and minimizes adverse impacts.

 

Mr. Lafferty went over the purpose of the Oil and Gas Facilities including but not limited to ensuring a comprehensive land use process and transparent public process for the development of new O&GFs and provide for the managed development, installation , maintenance, modification, reclamation and removal of O&GFs, while acknowledging the interests of oil and gas developers and operators or mineral interest owners. Also, the goal is to minimize and mitigate the extent and severity of adverse impacts that cannot be avoided.

 

Mr. Lafferty discussed the review procedures and required permits as well as spoke on the issue of setbacks. Setbacks for O&GF’s shall be 1,000 feet from building units, which is an increase from the original 500 feet, including high occupancy building units (schools, daycares, hospitals) or as required by the rules of the COGCC, whichever are greater.

 

Mr. Lafferty spoke about air quality, including baseline air quality data, reduced emissions completions, minimizing vehicle traffic and engine idling, reducing truck and worker traffic, postponing construction and maintenance activities. He spent some time discussing odors and that an odor mitigation plan shall be required for all O&GF applications and that they shall provide protocol for immediate response to odor complaints. Mr. Lafferty went over water quality and water bodies, spills and releases and noise. A noise report and plan shall be required and demonstrate how the operations will mitigate noise and vibration impacts to comply with the noise standards. Mr. Lafferty explained that a traffic impact analysis and routing plan, chemical and hazardous materials report and a waste management and disposal plan shall also be submitted.

 

Mr. Lafferty briefly went over the appeals, fees, termination or modifications of use and definitions.

 

There were several questions and discussion between the Board and Staff. Commissioner Kefalas had questions on state regulations and final and adoptive state standards as well as questions and consultations on considering a development within 100-year floodplains.

 

Mr. Lafferty explained that locating O&GFs within a Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) designated 100-year floodplain shall not be allowed unless no other location is feasible, and all other appropriate permissions are obtained.

 

Chair Johnson questioned whether applicants in a floodplain must demonstrate that they have no other alternative and whether they would need a variance.

 

Mr. Lafferty stated that they would have to go through the Flood Review Board and meet the criteria of the special review process.

 

Commissioner Kefalas had a question about section 17.3.B3 on the verbiage of and/or. The sections states “ The Board of County Commissioners may, by request, allow a reduction of the setbacks required by 17.3.B.1 when it has been determined that the applicant has adequately demonstrated that the setbacks prohibit access to the mineral interests being sought, and/or the reduced setbacks will achieve and mitigate to the extent necessary the objectives of this code or the expectations of the Board of County Commissioner’s.” Commissioner Kefalas felt only one word should be used, not both.

 

Frank Haug, County Attorney, responded that either “and” or “or” should be used, not both.

 

The discussion on setbacks and verbiage continued.

 

Commissioner Kefalas questioned whether the purchase of a camera was something that the County is considering.

 

Tom Butts explained that as of now, we are not pursuing this due to funding.

 

Chari Johnson opened the hearing up to public comment.

 

Leslie Elis invited each participant to address the Board via Zoom.

 

The following member of the public addressed the Board to present their opposition or whether they are in favor of Oil and Gas regulations: Ed Behan, Karen Artell, Doug Henderson. Christopher McGowne, Jason Grubb, Deb Bjork, Julie Palmer, Mary Bedosky, Harry Michaels, Brandon Taylor, Chris Colclasure, Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, Tim Gosar, Tom Rhodes, Katrina Winborn-Miller, Brett Shreve, Elizabeth Lynch, and Jay Young spoke via teleconference.

 

The collective concerns for opposing the Oil and Gas Regulations were: Public safety, environmental protections especially air and water quality, protecting wildlife, setbacks, alternative energy, odors, noise, traffic, leak detection and repair, well plugging and abandonment and flow lines.

 

Those in favor spoke about support the industry with jobs and the tax revenue it provides our community, the need to keep oil and gas within the United States, regulations hurt those working in this industry, adds value to the community and economy.

 

Chair Johnson closed public comment and thanked everyone for their comments as well as emails.

 

Matt Lafferty spent some time addressing some of the comments brought forth by the public. Some items he addressed were: containment of the facility, water protections, setbacks-for and against, health impacts, floodplains, chemical lists, rights of denying permits, re-completions, air quality and measurement, state rules and standards, private property rights, de-commissioning wells and applicability of new wells versus modification of existing wells.

 

Mr. Lafferty spent some time reviewing the high occupancy building definitions while speaking about setbacks.

 

Tom Butts, Public Health and Environment, spoke about studies using worst case scenario data.

 

Commissioner Kefalas sand Matt Lafferty commented on the use of the work “Greenfield” versus “Green Completion”.

 

There was some discussion between the Board, Staff and the County Attorney about re-completions, existing wells and hydraulic technology activity pertaining to down hole or surface activity.

 

Chair Johnson spoke about the EPA and odor mitigation.

 

Mr. Lafferty let the Board know that an odor mitigation plan is required.

 

Commissioner Donnelly mentioned public comment concerning secondary containment and rules not being compatible with the state and the recommendations of the task force.

 

According to 17.3.G.3 states “Secondary containment shall be required which is capable of holding 125% of the total capacity of on-site containment vessels and storage tanks.” There was discussion on this number between the Board and staff.

 

There was continued discussion on setbacks and how the planning commission came up with the 1000-feet mark number.

 

Commissioner Donnelly had some comments of the lack of administrative review process.

 

Commissioner Kefalas had some questions on the verbiage “technically infeasible” in the well liquid uploading section of the report and the enforcement mechanisms for compliance.

 

Commissioner Kefalas commented on public comment about notifications and the public having access to this information and technical evaluations.

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS:

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Kefalas proposed in 17.1D applicability which states “These regulations shall apply to all new O&GFs, to be constructed on any property in all zoning districts in the unincorporated portions of Larimer County. “Commissioner Kefalas moved that the proposed amendment would reinsert, “Including recompletions and exploratory wells into applicability” and would relate in adding the word “Greenfields” to new oil and gas facilities and clarify what level of surface disturbance might warrant being applicable to a re-completion situation.

 

Motion failed 1-2 Chair Johnson and Commissioner Donnelly dissenting.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved to  propose in section 17.2.D to add additional procedures and time to process including informational open house 60-days prior to any hearings or discussion only meeting with the BOCC and Planning Commission at least 30-days prior to any hearing for any applicant submitting more than one application at a time.

 

Motion failed 1-2 Chair Johnson and Commissioner Donnelly dissenting.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved to propose recommendations of setbacks of 1500 feet from a residential building and 2000 feet from perimeters of school properties and daycare and outdoor recreational areas and 500 feet from water resources.

 

Motion failed 1-2 Chair Johnson and Commissioner Donnelly dissenting.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved as a follow up to the previous proposed amendment that the setbacks keeping the planning commission recommendation of 1000 feet but that it would apply to boundaries of the property line instead of the building unit.

 

Motion failed 1-2 Chair Johnson and Commissioner Donnelly dissenting.

 

MOTION

 

Chair Johnson moved to proposed language in replacing and/or with “or” in section 17.3.B.3.

 

Motion carried 2-1 Commissioner Kefalas dissenting.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved to propose change in the language in setbacks in section 17.3.B.1 back to the task force recommendation of Setbacks for O&GFs shall conform to section 604. Setback and mitigation measures for oil and gas facilities, drilling, and well servicing operation of the 600 series safety regulations of the COGCC rules and regulations.

 

Matt Lafferty suggested the following verbiage since everything will be moved out of 604.

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved to propose that the language should be “Setbacks for oil and gas facilities shall conform with the COGCC rules and regulations” as amended per the Planning Manager.

 

Motion failed 1-2 Chair Johnson and Commissioner Kefalas dissenting.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved to propose in section 17.1.D Applicability to insert the word “Greenfield” before Oil and Gas Facilities so that it reads “ These regulations shall apply to all new Greenfield Oil and Gas Facilities to be constructed on any property in all zoning districts in the unincorporated portions of Larimer County as well as include the definition of Greenfield if so inclined by the County Attorney”.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved to propose in section 17.7.A, Modifications, and include the language “A modification is any permanent physical change, not required by law that substantially increases  site footprint or air emissions” to immediately follow the sentence “No modification to an approved O&GF shall be made without obtaining appropriate land use approvals from the County.”

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved to propose 17.3.G.3,  Secondary containment shall be required which is capable of holding 125% of the total capacity of on-site containment vessels and storage tanks,  should be changed to “Secondary containment shall be required which is equivalent to the capacity or capability that is required pursuant to the COGCC.”

 

There was some discussion among the Board on this amendment.

 

Motion carried 2-1 Commissioner Kefalas dissenting.

 

There were no further amendments.

 

Commissioner Donnelly mentioned again that he is disappointed that this 18-month public process did not include an Administrative Review Process.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners adopt amendments to the Larimer County Land Use Code regarding Oil and Gas Regulations FILE # 20CODE0245 as amended here on the record with the ability to change any typographical errors.

 

Motion carried 2-1 Commissioner Kefalas dissenting.

 

The Commissioners wanted to express their gratitude to everyone involved in this process and the diversity of opinions. The Commissioners spoke of these regulations being a cumulation of an 18-month process and appreciates all the hard work and appreciate the publics concerns for health and safety.

 

Commissioner Kefalas did have a comment about inserting the word “Greenfield” that these regulations would now only apply to new developments and would not apply to any type of expansion application and does cause him to be greatly concerned.

 

With there being no more land use items, the hearing adjourned at 10:25 p.m.

           


 

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS MEETING

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. with Linda Hoffmann, County Manager. Chair Johnson presided. Commissioner Donnelly and Commissioner Kefalas were present. Also present were Brenda Gimeson, Commissioners’ Office, and Deirdre O'Neill, Deputy Clerk.

 

Chair Johnson opened the hearing with the Pledge of Allegiance

 

1.          PUBLIC COMMENT: Robert Havis submitted public comment via email. His comment is in opposition to the approval of the Loveland Ready Mix Development and Drainage Agreement.

 

2.         APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 30, 2020:

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of March 30, 2020.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

3.         REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 13, 2020:   Ms. Gimeson reviewed the upcoming schedule with the Board.

 

4.         CONSENT AGENDA:  

 

ABATEMENTS: Recommended Approval-J Cure Land LLC R1668753/851652-07-003(2019).

 

04072020A001             EXTENSION TO LICENSE MARINA HORSETOOTH RESERVOIR (2) BY AND BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES, UNITED STATES BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, WERTHWHILE ENTERPRISES AND CARTER LAKE MARINA, INC.

 

04072020P001             RESOLUTION WAIVING COUNTY BENEFITS POLICY- MODIFYING THE EMPLOYEE PAYMENT OF PREMIUMS OBLIGATION FOR LARIMER COUNTY EMPLOYEES TAKING PERSONAL LEAVE WITHOUT PAY.

 

04072020R001             RESOLUTION FOR STATUTORY VESTED RIGHTS FOR THE SUNBROOK SUBDIVISION, FILE 19-LAND3897.

 

MISCELLANEOUS: Stipulation as to Tax Year 2019 Value for Johnstown Plaza LLC R1668759, R1666237 and R1666061; Corrected Stipulation as to Tax Year 2019 Value for Thompson Valley Station LLC R1589607.

 

LIQUOR LICENSES: Horsetooth Canyon Grill – Fort Collins – Hotel and Restaurant.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the consent agenda for April 7, 2020.

 

Motion passed 3-0

 

5.         COMMISSIONERS GUESTS: The Commissioner’s did not have any guests.

 

6.    PROCLAMATION DECLARING APRIL 6-12, 2020 PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK:   This is a joint proclamation between the Board of County Commissioners and the Larimer County Board of Health declaring the week of April 6-12 as Public Health Week.

 

Tom Gonzales, Public Health Director joined via teleconference. Director Gonzales spoke about the proclamation to declare Public Health week as well as the health and safety of our residents due to Covid-19. Director Gonzales expressed his gratitude for his staff and the County Commissioners during this difficult time.

 

The Commissioners wanted to thank the Department of Health on their tremendous job of informing Larimer County citizens of the facts of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. Commissioner Donnelly read the following proclamation:

 

WHEREAS, the theme for National Public Health Week 2020 is “At 25: Looking Back, Moving Forward”; and

 

WHEREAS, the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners and the Larimer County Board of Health has a desire to advance the community’s health, safety, well-being and quality of life; and

 

WHEREAS, the NEW mission of Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is “working to provide everyone in Larimer County the opportunity for a health life”; and

 

WHEREAS, the NEW vision of Larimer County, is “Larimer County is a thriving, health-aware community where everyone has access to healthy choices and a healthy environment”; and

 

WHEREAS, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment promotes the well-being of our vulnerable populations and youth across the lifespan. Public Health encourages healthy behaviors and choices to make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone; and

 

WHEREAS, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment strives to protect our 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; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Larimer County Commissioners supports the mission and activities of Larimer County Department of Health and Environment as it strives for a healthier future for Larimer County.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners to proclaim April 6-12th, 2020 as Public Health week in Larimer County.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

7.    COVID-19 Update and Decisions : Linda Hoffman, County Manager, introduced Laurie Stolen, Director of Behavioral Health via teleconference.

 

Director Stolen spoke about the Covid-19 Crises related recommendations for approval by the behavioral health policy council and their sub-committee. There was a virtual special meeting held on Monday, April 6, 2020. They are asking to create an emergency fund. This fund would be carved out of existing 2020 grant funding. It is recommended to allocate $100,000 to this emergency fund for behavioral health. There will be a workflow process created for how they will market the availability of these dollars and how they would receive requisition.

 

Chair Johnson spoke about the crisis hotline and the types of calls they are receiving including loss of employment, unpaid bills and rent and continued counseling.

 

The Commissioners thanked Director Stolen and her staff for implementing this and they spoke about tele-health services and mental health needs during this crisis.

 

MOTION

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners ratify the recommendation of the Policy Council for $100,000 to be earmarked for a fund for Behavioral Health needs as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

County Manager Linda Hoffmann updated the Board on the possibility of running out of hospital space from the Covid-19 emergency and that the Emergency Management Staff has been working on an alternate care site. This would become overflow for hospitals, and the County has signed a letter of intent and negotiated a lease with The Ranch at the Budweiser Events Center. Manager Hoffmann let the Commissioners know that they should expect a meeting on this issue in the next few days. This will not be an intake facility but will be used to transport patients from hospitals. There are four sites in Colorado that will be used in this capacity.

 

Lara Walker, Human and Economic Health Director, gave an update on how remote access is working and how the County is continuing to work for the residents of Larimer County during this time.

 

8.    COUNTY MANAGER UPDATE:  Ms. Hoffmann updated the Board on upcoming projects and activities.

 

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

 

With there being no further business, the Board adjourned at 10:00 a.m.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2020

 

                                                SPECIAL BOCC MEETING

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 12:00 p.m. with Lorenda Volker, Assistant County Manager. Chair Johnson presided via teleconference. Commissioner Donnelly and Commissioner Kefalas were present via teleconference. Also present via teleconference were: Linda Hoffmann, County Manager; Pamela Johnson, Reporter Herald, teleconference, and Deirdre O’Neill, Deputy Clerk.

 

Linda Hoffmann, County Manager explained that this meeting pertains to a lease agreement signed on April 7, 2020, by Board Chair Steve Johnson and entered into by and between the Board of County Commissioners of Larimer County and The State of Colorado where there is a critical need to establish an alternative care site to support local hospitals and that facility has been identified as the Larimer County Event Complex , known as “The Ranch”. The terms of the lease are $0.13 cents a day or approximately $750,000 a month for 189,000 square feet. The costs will be covered by FEMA. The lease agreement is to begin immediately through January 2021 with an opportunity for an additional three months if needed.

 

The building is to be used and occupied as accommodations for patients recuperating from various medical issues related to novel COVID-19 coronavirus and will be operated by the National Guard. It will include the First National Bank building, 4H building and Mac Equipment Complex. It will exclude the Budweiser Event Center and parking. As certain areas are no longer needed, they will be turned back to the county and the monthly rate will be reduced proportionately.

 

The Commissioners expressed their gratitude for this amazing resource in our community. This will relieve pressure on our hospitals and is a tremendous benefit for Northern Colorado.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the lease as presented.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

With no other items to discuss the Board adjourned at 12:20 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

______________________________________

STEVE JOHNSON

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

ANGELA MYERS

CLERK AND RECORDER

 

ATTEST:

 

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Deirdre O'Neill, Deputy Clerk