June 9, 2011, 1:30-3:30 PM




The meeting was called to order at 1:30 PM by Chair Roger Svendsen


Members in Attendance:  Susan Bradley, Ted Carter, Lon Hughes, Eunice Michalka, Ben Myers, Ross Reid, Donald Rogers, Lucille Schmitt, and Roger Svendsen


Members Excused Absences. All other members had excused absences.


Larimer County Representation: LARCO Senior Planner Rob Helmick, Ed Schemm, Assistant Director, Larimer County Department of Health.


Guests Present: Pat Bradley, Tom Viola, Judy Viola, Bud Thomas Steve Koeckeritz, Shirley Pfankuch, and Gary Wiegel


Adoption of Agenda: The agenda was approved as modified.


Approval of Minutes: May 12, 2011 meeting notes were approved as amended.


Communications from Committee Members :


Roger Svendsen advised that some RFL property owners are having problems with the mountain pine beetle when they have not had them before.  These property owners are losing one-half to three-quarters of their trees.  The removal of the slash has been a big problem for the RFL property owners.  If one leaves slash piled around and it is still green, that attracts more beetles – the fresh pitch is an attractant.  There is a group starting up that is trying to solve this problem for the greater RFL area.  This group’s presentation has been added to the agenda. 


Eunice Michalka advised that the RFL welcoming program is called Newcomer’s Program and not Welcome Wagon. 


Communications from County Representatives :


Rob Helmick advised that the medical clinic is pulling out of the Saw Mill Junction complex because of wind load issues with the trailer to be occupied. 


Comments from the Audience :


Bud Thomas provided his opinion why RFL loss the Medical Clinic.


Action Item: None








  1.  High Speed Internet.  Rob Helmick stated that the Denver Post had a good article concerning grants to develop high speed internet state wide.  There appears to be some opportunities to receive some of these grants.
  2. Soaring Eagle Ecology Center: Tom Viola advised that the intent of this program to too expand the value of the RFL school to Poudre School District.  The Program is into phase II.  The objectives of Phase 2 are to establish and cooperative agreement with PSD, select and purchase materials for activities, purchase benches for an outdoor classroom, to define and develop an entrance, and to continue fund raising for basic expenses.  Currently, Tom and Judy are now focused on finding and writing grants.


Discussion Items:


  1.  Slash Solutions, LLC’s managers presented an overview of their LLC.  For more information visit their web site at:  They asked for a statement of support from the RFLPAC.  Rob Helmick advised that the role of the PAC is to made comments on the development application.  The RFLPAC would receive a referral and formally submit its comments to the Planning Commission.  Consequently, it may be premature to write a letter of endorsement now.  After discussion by the PAC, it was determined that the PAC was in agreement with the concept awaiting the details. 
  2. Water and Sewer.  Roger Svendsen advised that the subcommittee is still developing data to ascertain if there is a problem or not.  He discussed the water testing being conducted by Terracon Consultants due to leakage from the former Husky Station containers located at 24 Main Street.  These tests were for petroleum constituents in groundwater and may not be pertinent in evaluating the entire communities’ water situation.  Ed Schemm stated that if the PAC desires to test RFL wells, they need to identify a person or a firm with the credentials to design such a system.  The Health Department does not have an employee so credentialed.  Ed further advised that there may be some grant money available for this project and the Health Department’s grant coordinator is watching for such opportunities.


RFLPAC meeting adjourned at 3:30 PM; Next regular meeting: July 14, 2011


Submitted by Terry Ferebee