MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020

 

 LAND USE HEARING

 

The Board of County Commissioner did not meet for a Land Use Hearing.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 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 Kayleigh Ogden, Deputy Clerk.

 

1.    PUBLIC COMMENT : The following members of the public commented via email to the Board of County Commissioners: Barbara Ayres, Jeannie Harms, Bill Harms, and Marcia Gerritz submitted comments and concerns pertaining to the re-opening of businesses and lodging establishments within Estes Park and concerns of visitors not following safety suggestions. 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. Dan King and Evelyn King voiced concerns about closing the 4-H Fair stating that it would be very discoursing for 4-H kids if they were unable to exhibit this year. Mark De Gregorio expressed concerns about inconsistencies in policies among the managing entities of the Prairie Ridge Natural Area and Coyote Ridge Natural Area. Jon Anderson stated concerns about veteran-related discounts for Larimer County parks for adjoining county residents.

 

2.         APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 27, 2020:

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of April 27, 2020.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

3.         REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 11, 2020:   Ms. Gimeson reviewed the upcoming schedule with the Board.

 

4.         CONSENT AGENDA:

 

ABATEMENTS: As recommended by the County Assessor, the following petitions for abatement have been denied: Turnbow Family Trust – R1654979/85172-20-013 (2019).

 

05052020A001             AMENDMENT #5 TO THE AGREEMENT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING SERVICES FOR THE LARIMER COUNTY LANDFILL (P16-21)

 

05052020A002            MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE COLORADO EMERGENCY FIRE FUND

 

05052020A003            COOPERATIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT ANNUAL OPERATING PLAN & FINANCIAL PLAN BETWEEN THE LARIMER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND USDA, FOREST SERVICE

 

05052020A004            WARBERG FARM CONSERVATION DEVELOPMENT AMENDED AGREEMENT

 

05052020A005            FIRST AMENDMENT TO INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING SERVICES

 

05052020R001            RESOLUTION APPROVING APPLICATION OF THE LOVELAND RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 2018 INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE AS AMENDED

 

05052020R002            ESTABLISHING COMPENSATION FOR DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY I

 

MISCELLANEOUS: National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for Cascade Cottages Historic District in Estes Park

 

LIQUOR LICENSES: The Following Liquor licenses were approved/issued:  Loveland Country Store – Loveland – Fermented Malt Beverage Off Premises

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the consent agenda for May 5, 2020.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

5.         COMMISSIONERS GUESTS: Commissioner Kefalas invited Claire Bouchard, United Way of Larimer County Vice President of Community Impact & Engagement, and Melanie Woolman, United Way of Weld County Community Impact Director, to update the Board on how the organizations are addressing the needs of the more vulnerable population specifically concerning evictions.

 

Ms. Bouchard discussed the efforts the United Way of Larimer County is involved in, primarily fund raising and distribution of grant funds. She stated the organization is diverting as much funding as is possible toward housing assistance including such aspects as eviction prevention. The organization is also looking at convening non-profits to work together on housing assistance. Ms. Woolman discussed different measures the United Way of Weld County is taking as well. She stated that the goal of both counties’ United Ways is to keep people in their homes. Ms. Woolman explained that both United Ways are doing everything thing they can in terms of monetary support to non-profits and agencies that are in direct contact with those most vulnerable of the population. She explained that both entities have seen the largest number ever of rental assistance requests come in. Ms. Bouchard said the 211 Call Center has seen a 400% increase in rent assistance calls.

 

The Board inquired about shelter updates, COVID-19 positive cases, and non-congregate care settings.

 

Ms. Bouchard and Ms. Woolman discussed centralized services to ensure less spreading of the virus, went over numbers of positive cases between Larimer and Weld counties, and explained that contracts are being written for former residential care facilities as well as hotels and motels to create places for people in need to go.

 

The Board asked for clarification of funding streams and the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Fund.

 

Ms. Bouchard stated that $1 million in private funding has been raised and discussed the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Ms. Woolman discussed different private funding versus federal funds.

 

The Board discussed landlord payment plans, moratoriums on evictions, developing action plans, and preparation or preventative measures for a summer backlash of homeless risk due to the impacts of COVID-19.

 

6.         PROCLAMATION DECLARING MAY 2020 FOSTER CARE APPRECIATION MONTH:  Thad Paul, Human Services Division Manager; Angela Mead, Human Services Deputy Division Manager; and Julie Rudley, Human Services Supervisor, addressed the Board to discuss the Proclamation Declaring May 2020 Foster Care Appreciation Month.

 

Ms. Mead explained the proclamation and discussed activities the department is planning to celebrate foster care parents and kids. She stated the activities involve programs to keep kids busy during the COVID-19 crisis. Mr. Paul discussed virtual visitation resources between kids and their biological families. Ms. Rudley stated the department is impressed by the continued adaptation and willingness of the foster families in the area.

 

The Board inquired about where to find information on becoming a foster family.

 

Ms. Rudley explained that orientations online are still being held monthly and that there are still many kids looking for a permanent home. Mr. Paul said that since families are having to stay home more recently, the flood gates have opened with people wanting to become foster families.

 

Commissioner Donnelly read the proclamation aloud.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners proclaim May 2020 Foster Care Appreciation Month.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

7.         PROCLAMATION DECLARING MAY 2020 MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: Laurie Stolen, Behavioral Health Services Director, gave an update of resources and support the department is utilizing taxpayer dollars to provide. Ms. Stolen stated that the awareness month has been proclaimed since 1949. It is her hopes that the continued efforts will increase awareness, decrease stigma, and continue support of treatment and services for people in most desperate need.

 

Commissioner Kefalas read the proclamation aloud.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners proclaim May 2020 Mental Health Awareness Month.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

8.         COVID-19 UPDATES AND DECISIONS: Laurie Stolen, Behavioral Health Services Director, gave a rundown of the COVID Response Fund application process. She explained the different criteria reviewed to select recipients and outlined the final nine organizations for the Board of County Commissioners to approve receiving crisis response funds and what those organizations will be using the funds for.

 

The Board inquired about the Technical Advisory Committee’s role in evaluating grant recipient candidates and the role of people with lived experience in decision-making. The Board asked about the possible inclusion of criteria involving consumer-directed and consumer-centered services.

 

Laura Walker, Human and Economic Health Director, explained that due to the how fast the funds need to be evaluated and distributed, there was a greater need to be very targeted with selection and the specific tie to the pandemic. Level of needs take precedence.

 

The Board discussed the annual 2020 grants and the priority of long-term recovery from COVID-19 impact. It was suggested that adding consumer-directed criteria should be considered for distribution of grant funds within the annual grants instead of immediate grants.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners increase the portion of funds earmarked from the 2020 annual funds by $15,545 and approve the nine grants.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

Ms. Hoffmann introduced Lori Hodges, Director of Emergency Management, and Laura Levy, Recovery Manager, to address the Board concerning recovery efforts.

 

Ms. Levy stated that Larimer County is not new to emergency impacts but that the scale of this situation is unique in that every layer of the community has been affected, creating cascading layers of needs. She explained that for long-term recovery, a holistic, all-hands-on-deck approach is required. Ms. Levy said that the effort of the Long-term Recovery Collaborative is to identify all needs from all groups and encourage everyone to work together to recover more completely. The Collaborative will consist of task forces involving cross-sector partners such as county departments, private sectors, municipal partners, non-profits, chamber, coalitions, and community stakeholders.

 

The Board inquired about the inclusion of faith communities and the recruitment and involvement of people with lived experience.

 

Ms. Hodges expanded upon the cross-functionality of the task forces. She asked the Board for input on the collaborative and championing for each area.

 

Ms. Hodges also presented a letter to the Department of Local Affairs concerning an Administrative Planning Grant Application. The grant would be utilized to conduct a study to create a data-driven plan of unmet needs and recovery.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the letter to the Department of Local Affairs concerning the application for the DOLA Administrative Planning Grant.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

Ms. Hoffmann introduced Tom Gonzales, Public Health Director, who joined to answer questions from the Board.

 

The Board inquired about the anger in the community due to conflicting messages from Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as face covering requirements.

 

Mr. Gonzales stated that the policy of the Health Department is to absolutely listen to the concerns and questions from the public. He explained that the challenge with the pandemic is the ever-evolving information. People in the community are highly contagious but do not know it. The virus is spread when people are asymptomatic. He stated that the face coverings do not do a good job of protecting people from getting the virus, they do a decent job at preventing spread. He said the coverings are meant to protect the people around us when sufficient social distancing is not an option.

 

The Board asked for clarification of whether the CDC was recommending or requiring protective face masks, and based on the experiences across the state, are the recommendations and education working.

 

Mr. Gonzales explained that the CDC is recommending protective face masks, and that they are not an enforcement branch. He stated their recommendations are meant to slow the spread of the virus. The goal is to lessen confusion so that city by city and county can get on the same page and education is key for this.

 

The Board inquired about a set date for small businesses to reopen and asked for clarification of the suppression plan.

 

Mr. Gonzales explained that the county must abide by the Governor’s restrictions or apply for a variance waiver of certain conditions. He stated that the state will not allow the county to apply for a variance until a suppression plan and an early-warning system with indicators are created and are approved by the hospital system, the Board of Health, and the Board of County Commissioners. He said his department is working tirelessly to develop the plans in conjunction with all businesses.

 

Ms. Hodges discussed the alternative-care site and that it would not be ready to open until it is staffed. She expanded upon the status of the suppression plan and the consideration of factors to keep people safe.

 

The Board inquired about the status of the needed business-operational plans. Ms. Hodges stated that they would like the operational plans to show how the businesses can make it safe. They would like to incorporate the operational plans into the suppression plan.

 

The Board asked for clarification of the five indicators needed to qualify for the waiver.

 

Ms. Hodges went over the criteria for variance consideration from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) order. The Board discussed the difference in the criteria between the CDPHE and the Governor and that it seems to keep changing. The Board mentioned that the county will have to take some risk if the county is to maintain an economy.

 

9.          COUNTY MANAGER UPDATE: Ms. Hoffmann updated the Board on this week’s coordination meetings and upcoming projects and activities.     

 

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

 

11.         LEGAL MATTERS: None Requested.

 

With there being no further business, the Board adjourn at 11:25 a.m.

 

 

 

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STEVE JOHNSON

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

 

ANGELA MYERS

CLERK AND RECORDER

 

ATTEST:

 

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Kayleigh Ogden, Deputy Clerk