MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020
LAND USE HEARING
The Board of County Commissioner did not meet for a Land Use Hearing.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 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.
1. PUBLIC COMMENT : The following members of the public commented via email to the Board of County Commissioners: Dave Henry, Vicky Henry, Caltha Crowe, Susan Molloy, Amanda Walton-Lopez, Donna Pierce, David Adams, Barbara Werner, John Vernon, Dee Burns, Sharon Brubaker, Barbara Ayres, Johanna Darden, Lisa Hutchins, Virginia Hutchison, Dave Converse, Doug Sacarto, Sharon Brubaker, Robin Howard, Justus Drake, Kay Rosenthal, Linda Buehring, Gayla Sullivan, and Robert Howard. The overall comments and concerns pertain to the re-opening of businesses and lodging establishments within Estes Park. Their collective concerns are that their median age population is in the high-risk category and that allowing out-of-town visitors has the potential to create a dangerous environment for this population. The public also felt that essential services are already strained to meet local demands. Eric Sutherland commented on his opposition to the appointment of Gerry Horak to the Boxelder Basin Regional Stormwater Authority. Marissa Spencer is a Hair Stylist in Fort Collins and is concerned about returning to work without proper protections for herself and her staff. Nicolette Alderson is a Fort Collins Salon owner who commented on the ability to have more flexibility around the number of employees in the workplace at one time due to square footage.
2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 20, 2020:
M O T I O N
Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of April 20, 2020.
Motion carried 3-0
3. REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 4, 2020: Ms. Gimeson reviewed the upcoming schedule with the Board.
Commissioner Kefalas mentioned that he will be attending the virtual Northern Fort Collins Business Association meeting on Wednesday, May 5, 2020 at 7-8 a.m.
4. CONSENT AGENDA:
04282020A001 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY AND DITESCO, LLC.
04282020A002 AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE SERVICES BY AND BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY AND COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY-SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH CENTER-SUPPORTED FAMILIES, STRONGER COMMUNITY PROJECT.
04282020R001 RESOLUTION ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO THE LARIMER COUNTY LAND USE CODE REGARDING OIL AND GAS REGULATIONS.
04282020R002 RESOLUTION ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO THE LARIMER COUNTY LAND USE CODE REGARDING ESTES VALLEY SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATIONS.
04282020R003 RESOLUTION ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO THE FOSSIL CREEK RESERVOIR AREA PLAN-TRANSFER OF DENSITY UNITS PROGRAM.
04282020R004 FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING ONE-TIME POPE AMENDED SPECIAL REVIEW APPEAL.
04282020R005 FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION DENYING THE POPE FEE APPEAL.
04282020R006 RESOLUTION REGARDING EXTENSION OF APPROVAL.
MISCELLANEOUS: Letter Re: Child Care Provider Supplies during COVOID-19: Letter of Support for Town of Estes Park’s Build Grant Application; Adoption of Amended Rules and By-Laws of the Larimer County Planning Commission; Appointment of Gerry Horak to Boxelder Basin Regional Stormwater Authority (BBRSA); Stipulation as to Tax Year 2019 Value-BTTLLC R1643664; Stipulation as to Tax Year 2019 Value (Resubmission) Johnstown Plaza LLC ( two stipulations being re-signed because previous copies were incomplete) R1668759 and R1666061.
LIQUOR LICENSES: The Following Liquor licenses were approved/issued: Sandy’s Convenience Store (E.Mulberry) – Fort Collins – Fermented Malt Beverage Off Premises; Sandy’s Convenience Store (W HWY 34) – Loveland – Fermented Malt Beverage Off Premises; Glen Echo Resort– Bellvue – Hotel and Restaurant; Glen Echo Liquor – Bellvue– Retail Liquor Store; Sundance Trail Guest Ranch– Red Feather Lake– Retail Liquor Store; Zippy’s Liquor– Fort Collins– Retail Liquor Store; Mountain Whitewater– Fort Collins– Beer and Wine.
Commissioner Kefalas commented on the Resolution adopting amendments to the Larimer County Land Use Code regarding Oil and Gas Regulations. Commissioner Kefalas is recommending directing Community Development staff to develop a clarifying definition of “Greenfields” and bringing this back to the Board for consideration from the April 6, 2020 public hearing. Commissioner Kefalas also mentioned that the public was a driving force in the formation of the Oil and Gas task force.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the consent agenda for April 28, 2020.
Motion carried 3-0
5. COMMISSIONERS GUESTS: The Commissioner’s did not have any guests.
6. COVID -19 UPDATE AND DECISIONS: Tom Gonzales, Larimer County Public Health Director, gave an update to the Board now that we have transitioned from Stay-at-Home order to the new Safer-at-Home order. Larimer County will be slowly reopening businesses with strict guidance to protect our community members. Director Gonzales introduced Dr. Chris Urbina via teleconference to serve as our medical director for COVID-19.
Director Gonzalez stated that we are averaging eight to ten new cases of COVID-19 per day. The State of Colorado has just over 11,000 cases with 680 fatalities. COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the United States.
Director Gonzales commented on the current state of Larimer County hospitals. Currently, they are treating 44 positive cases and the ICU beds are at 50-55% capacity. We have a total of 66 ventilators. We will continue to monitor as elected surgeries will now be able to resume. He spoke about key indicators moving from Stay-at-Home to Safer-at-Home orders. The first is testing – ramping up locally and coming up with a strategic plan. Gathering information about the symptoms people are experiencing will help us get a greater clarity on areas impacted in Larimer County. At first, the results were taking up to seven days to get and now we are seeing results within 24-hours, which is great news. Colorado State University has several labs used for testing as well as Banner Health. The second indicator is contact tracing and monitoring- identifying close contacts to positive COVID-19 patients.
Director Gonzales spoke about working with businesses and the Larimer County Workforce Center, who will provide guidance on how we can best step down with the guidelines provided by the state health department. The local business checklist for business/facility re-opening can be found on the Larimer County website. He also spoke about working closely with Estes Park and when visitors can return to Rocky Mountain National Park and lodgings as he does realize that many residents have concerns about reopening too soon.
Director Gonzales mentioned the waiver process and spoke about some steps that will need to occur for a detailed suppression plan in partnership with hospitals and businesses to continue to lower the rate of COVID-19 cases.
Director Gonzales stated that we will also need tightening restrictions if we need to back pedal if the number of positive cases continue to rise due to the reopening of businesses. He spoke about the process and who needs to approve the plan.
Chair Johnson thanked Director Gonzales for the heroic job he has done, providing clear explanations, his calm demeanor, specific and unprecedented orders for our community. Because of this, lives have been saved. This virus spread more widely than expected and many people probably have it and don’t even know it. He explained that he does believe it is time to slowly start opening businesses and develop guidelines for them to open.
There were several questions between the Board and Director Gonzales and Dr. Urbina on variances and timelines. Director Gonzales explained that we would like to re-evaluate around May 15, 2020, to see if there is a resurgence of cases. We do not want to overwhelm our hospitals. We need to see a decline in the number of positive cases over the next 14 days.
There was some discussion about clarifying whether the county needs to submit a plan to CDPHE and whether we can be flexible on the ten- person-per workplace threshold per square footage.
The Commissioners asked questions regarding how businesses are held accountable and assuring compliance to keep workers and the public safe.
Director Gonzales also spoke about the Ranch Complex and when this facility be operational if needed.
Several graphs of COVID-19 in Colorado were shown to the Commissioners and there was some discussion on this as it seems there is some contradicting numbers.
The Commissioners wanted again to thank Director Gonzales and his staff for all their hard work and for continually taking time to update the Board. The- mentioned how the public can communicate their requests for their business or any concerns they may have. Larimer.org/health is the best source for updated information as well as where they can call the Joint Information center or sign up for emails as well.
Chair Johnson let everyone know that the take away message should be that we are transitioning to Safer at Home, we are proceeding cautiously and prudently with guidelines based on what we know about the virus and the cases in the community and we are opening businesses in a measured manner and we are monitoring the effect of the public policy changes in the public health of the community.
The Board paused for a two-minute break.
The Board returned to session.
10. COUNTY MANAGER UPDATE: UPDATE: Ms. Hoffmann updated the Board on this week’s coordination meetings and upcoming projects and activities.
11. COMMISSIONER ACTIVITY REPORTS: The Board detailed their attendance at events during the previous week.
12. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Discuss Real Estate Pursuant to C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(a).
Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners enter Executive Decision pursuant to C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(a) Purchase acquisition, lease, transfer or sale of any real or personal property interest.
Motion carried 3-0
With there being no further business, the Board adjourn at 10:55 a.m.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CLERK AND RECORDER
Deirdre O’Neill, Deputy Clerk