LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

 June 12th, 2018

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Corey Broeckling

Jim Gerek

Kimberly Karish

David Lehman

 

 

 

 

 

Guests

Matt Lafferty, Principal Planner, Larimer County

Jennifer Gardner, Logan Simpson

Allyson Little

 

Commissioner

Steve Johnson

 

Staff

Shelley Bayard de Volo, Environmental Coordinator, Engineering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Start:  Call to order 6:15 PM

 

Amendments or Additions to the Agenda:

None

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

All members and guests introduced themselves. 

 

Citizen Comments:

Allyson Little attended the meeting.  She has applied to be appointed to the ESAB and wanted to learn about the Board’s current activities.

 

Discussion Items:

After action review of Phase 1: Mountain Resilience Plan

Kimberly, Corey, Jim and David each explained how their comments were implemented (or not) in the approved document.  They reported that in some cases their comments were directly implemented, while in others, the sentence or paragraph for which the comment was made was removed or significantly re-worked. Jim also shared comments that had been provided by Richard Alper, who could not be present at the meeting.  Despite good success in improving the plan, the Board members present had residual concerns about the inappropriate use of statistics, lack of transparency, and lack of logic in some sections.

 

Phase 2 Comprehensive Plan:  Eastern Plains

Prior to talking about Phase 2, Matt Lafferty asked the Board how they felt their comments were received on the Phase-1 Comprehensive Plan.  The Board members discussed their experiences and pointed out that some statistical presentation was not quite appropriate, i.e., medians vs averages.  The Board also highlighted their frustration with not being able to obtain documents that were cited in the Phase-1 Plan and noted that if they are referred to in the Plan, they should be available to the public.  Matt noted that the Phase-1 Plan is semi-final, so although the plan was adopted by the BCC, some minor changes can still be done.

 

Matt and Jen Gardner, representing the County’s consultant, explained that with the Phase-1 Plan, the ESAB was asked to begin their review when the Foundation and Visioning chapters were already completed.  This time around, the ESAB will be provided the chapters as they are completed. The Foundation chapter is nearly done, so that will be provided sometime in July.   

 

In addition to the ESAB, other Boards being asked to review the Plan include the Agricultural Advisory Board, the Open Lands Board and the Board of Health.  As well, in addition to the Stakeholder Group, there is a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and municipalities and utilities are also involved.  Jim Gerek noted that the ESAB has appointed a representative (and an alternate) to the Stakeholder Group, who will hopefully be providing relevant comments throughout the drafting process.

 

Matt and Jen then conducted a Comprehensive Plan audit, where each Board member was asked to answer a set of written questions on the relevancy of the topics covered in the 1997 Comprehensive Plan.  The goal was to evaluate whether the 1997 topics were still relevant today.

 

Matt noted that there will be public outreach this summer, which will involve open houses and attending events like Farmer’s Markets.  The last chapter, Recommendations, will be finished this Fall.

 

Jen and Matt then asked the ESAB how they can do a better job on the Phase-2 Plan.  The ESAB noted that in addition to the comments they already made, they would like to see more health metrics (i.e., availability of health services, especially in eastern rural areas, disease vectors, upper respiratory health issues) and economic incentives. 

 

Approval of Minutes:

The Board lacked a quorum, so the April minutes will be approved at the July meeting.

 

Updates: 

Topics of discussion were

•   Intra-county Collaboration Process – status – Steve Johnson wrote an email to several other key Board chairs explaining the desire for more collaboration among County Advisory Boards with potentially overlapping areas of interest.  The email gave an August 1st deadline to respond with suggestions on ways to better collaborate.

•       Wasteshed – five waste management technologies are being proposed for adoption by the County, they will be explained at the Board’s July meeting when a representative from Solid Waste will provide an update. Several policies and ordinances are also being proposed to support use of the new facilities.

•       Environmental Stewardship Awards update – the Awards ceremony went very well, and all awardees were truly appreciative of being recognized for their efforts.  Unfortunately, representatives from the Ridgeline Hotel could not make the awards ceremony, so Richard Alper and Shelley Bayard de Volo filled in for them to receive the award plaque. Photos will be posted to the County’s Stewardship Awards webpage.

•       Board member updates – vacancies/applicants – Shelley updated the members on how the applicant interviews went and the qualifications of the applicants.  There are four openings on the Board and there were five applicants.  The BoCC will be finalizing appointments by the end of the month.

•   Quarterly meeting with Commissioner Johnson - Jim explained to the Board the topics of discussion at the recent ESAB leadership’s meeting with Commissioner Johnson.  Those topics included a summary of the Emerald Ash Borer update that the ESAB received at their April meeting, inter and intra-county board collaboration, communication between ESAB members and County staff, ESAB applicant interviews, and Environmental Stewardship Awards

•       Recognize outgoing members – Shelley and Jim recognized the outgoing Board members and presented certificates of appreciation to the members in attendance, Kimberly Karish and Corey Broeckling.  Members not in attendance, Jane Abels and Joe Wilson will receive their certificates by mail.  Both Corey and Kimberly indicated their ongoing support for the Board and indicated that they may seek to reapply in the future when their work/family situations stabilize.

 

 

ESAB Issue Index:

No updates

 

Next Meeting Draft Agenda:

The next meeting will be held July 10th, 2018.  Discussion items on the draft agenda include a presentation by Rob Helmick on the 1041/IGA  process for NISP, and Ron Gilkerson on the status of the wasteshed planning. 

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:50 PM