MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020

 

 LAND USE HEARING

 

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

 

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 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 : There were no comments from the public this week.

 

2.         APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 11, 2020:

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of May 11, 2020.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

3.         REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 25, 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 approved: Imago Enterprises Inc – R1337351/97362-32-002 (2017 & 2018); Heritage Ridge I LLC – R1665504/94234-37-006 (2019); Khan Ghazanfar, Khan Mohammad Tafail, Khan Zulfiqar – R0190004/97094-00-019 (2019).

 

05192020R001 RESOLUTION RECOMMENDING ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE RANCH MASTER PLAN

 

MISCELLANEOUS: Appointment of Martina Wilkinson To Serve As Interim County / City Representative To The Boxelder Basin Regional Stormwater Authority (BBRSA) Board Of Directors Until A New Appointee Can Be Selected By The City Of Fort Collins And Larimer County; and Bylaws And Rules Of Procedure Of The Larimer County Estes Valley Planning Advisory Committee.

 

LIQUOR LICENSES: The Following Liquor licenses were approved/issued:  The Baldpate Inn – Estes Park – Hotel & Restaurant

 

Commissioner Johnson requested the removal of miscellaneous item two from the consent agenda, Bylaws and Rules of Procedure of The Larimer County Estes Valley Planning Advisory Committee.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the consent agenda as amended for May 19, 2020.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

5.         BYLAWS AND RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE LARIMER COUNTY ESTES VALLEY PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE: The Board discussed the make-up of the committee, citing issues citizens had with towns people of Estes Park advising on land in the unincorporated portions of the county. The Board also discussed that it is typical for citizens to serve on boards for areas they do not live, and the committee is a mechanism to bring people together from both areas and build trust.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve miscellaneous item number two, Bylaws and Rules of Procedure of The Larimer County Estes Valley Planning Advisory Committee, as presented.

 

Motion carried 2-1, Commissioner Johnson dissenting

 

6.         COMMISSIONERS GUESTS: The Commissioners did not have any guests.

 

7.         COVID-19 UPDATES AND DECISIONS: Ms. Hoffmann introduced Tom Gonzales and Katie O’Donnell, Health & Environment, to give an update on efforts concerning COVID-19. Mr. Gonzales gave an update on the status of the waiver variance for which the county applied. He stated that the plans and pieces of the application were finished, and the application packet was submitted on Sunday, May 17, 2020. He explained that the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is assessing all business types and all activities and altering their approach to be more outcome based versus prescriptive. Their continued work will focus on guidance, protocols, and communication to the public.

 

The Board expressed gratitude for the diligence of the department in developing the plans and working with the hospitals. The Board inquired about when a response from the state concerning the variance application could be expected.

 

Mr. Gonzales said he expected a response of approval or disapproval in five to seven days. He stated there were many applications from all over the state submitted, which could cause a delay. After receiving the response, businesses would need time to plan and prepare based on the outcome of the application.

 

The Board asked for clarification of the county suppression plan’s section on childcare centers and face-covering regulations in relation to children five years old and above.

 

Mr. Gonzales clarified that childcare centers have been open through the stay-at-home orders due to the necessity of essential workers requiring the services. The section is based around a phased-in approach and included well-child checks and employee checks. Ms. O’Donnell explained that face coverings for the children have been required by the state since the beginning due to the childcare centers being categorized as essential.

 

The Board inquired about the variance giving more control of local governments to adjust requirements and if the county plans aligned with the state guidance concerning restaurants.

 

Ms. O’Donnell explained that the variance gives the county more room to review requirements and that the variance aligns with what is expected to come out in state guidance. Mr. Gonzales spoke more on the childcare aspects of plans specific to day camps and youth activities during the coming months.

 

The Board discussed the requirements of businesses in relation to submitting individual suppression plans, occupancy maximums and outdoor seating. The Board brought up general recreation such as campgrounds and county fair operations and inquired about the possibility of the variance waiver being denied or partially denied.

 

Ms. O’Donnell confirmed that there it is not a pass or fail situation and that they fully expected a few portions of the application to be denied. Furthermore, she said no other county that has submitted for variance has had a complete application, in its entirety, approved.

 

The Board discussed data in relation to face masks regarding whether children are more susceptible to being asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

 

Mr. Gonzales confirmed that children are more likely to be asymptomatic carriers which is why face coverings are imperative.

 

The Board asked how other communities are functioning concerning spikes in positive cases after having their waiver application approved, and if there was anything Larimer County could learn from their experiences going into the next few months.

 

Mr. Gonzales said his biggest concern was not summer months but instead going into the fall and winter months. Sun and heat will reduce the presence and spread of the virus; but in looking at other situations, he is more concerned with what the winter will bring. He cited the 1918 pandemic where the number of cases flattened before going into fall and then spiked greatly.

 

The Board commented on communication between county and cities concerning the variance as well as inconsistent information or regulations.

 

Mr. Gonzales explained that consistency is of utmost importance and asked that citizens first and foremost follow the guidance of the Larimer County Health Department.

 

Ms. Hoffmann introduced Laura Levy, Recovery Manager, to address the Board concerning recovery efforts. Ms. Hoffmann stated that collaboration among the community organizations is strong and recovery groups are already being formed.

 

Ms. Hoffmann and Ms. Levy summarized the structure of the Long-Term Recovery Collaborative, a structure of task forces grouped by Workforce Force and Business Services, Housing and Human Services, Government, Education and Policy Services, all combined to create a mecca of Community Support Services for recovery from COVID-19.

 

Ms. Levy explained that the goal is to make sure all municipalities have a voice. Within the collaborative, the Community Advisory Group and the Recovery Advisory Group are to be made up of community partners, specific non-profits, key county department directors, recovery managers, city and county managers, and legal representatives. The collaborative intends to find out exactly where needs are and make sure the right team members are at the right spots at the table.

 

The Board inquired about outreach vehicles and external public communications for the recovery plan.

 

Ms. Levy discussed expanding the current recovery website to create a central resource. She also stated that a comprehensive outreach plan will be developed and includes press releases, social media, and other forms of media outreach.

 

Ms. Hoffmann introduced Laurie Kadrich, Interim Director of Community Planning, Infrastructure and Resources.

 

Ms. Kadrich addressed the Board to present for consideration a letter of support, written by Daylan Figgs, Natural Resource Director. The letter refers to Larimer County’s support of the limited opening of Rocky Mountain National Park. Ms. Kadrich explained that the limited opening involves visitor access strategy including a timed entry system. She also discussed the positive economic benefit Rocky Mountain National Park has to the Larimer County area.

 

Commissioner Donnelly read the letter aloud.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Donnelly moved that the Board of County Commissioners sign the letter to the director of the National Park Service to ask for a phased reopening of Rocky Mountain National Park consistent with the letter sent by the town of Estes Park.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

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

 

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

 

10.         LEGAL MATTERS: None Requested.

 

With there being no further business, the Board adjourn at 11:00 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