Minutes for 07/21/08
MINUTES BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
July 21, 2008 Rio Blanco County
The Board met at 11:00am in regular session at the Western Annex in Rangely. Chairman Forrest Nelson, Commissioner Ken Parsons, Commissioner Joe Collins, County Coordinator Teresa Anderson, and Deputy Clerk Hazel Edwards were present for the meeting.
AGENDA CHANGES: The May 27th and July 14th minutes were deleted from the agenda.
Commissioner Joe Collins moved to approve the May 19th minutes as written. Commissioner Ken Parsons seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Collins-Aye, Parsons–Aye, Nelson-Aye. Commissioner Ken Parsons moved to approve the June 23rd meeting and June 30th special minutes as presented. Commissioner Joe Collins seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Nelson-Aye, Parsons-Aye, Collins-Aye.
NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BLM FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AGREEMENT
Commissioner Ken Parsons moved to enter into record the Bureau of Land Management Financial Assistance Agreement, Agreement #1422 CAA080018, for noxious weed control in the amount of $187,000 for the BLM. Commissioner Joe Collins seconded. Roll call vote: Nelson-Aye, Parsons-Aye, Collins-Aye.
HEARINGS – PLANNING DEPARTMENT
Variance #08-11, James K. & Nancy Ahrens. Michelle Carrothers, Planning Director, read the staff report for the record, attached to these minutes as an exhibit. Commissioner Ken Parsons moved to approve Variance #08-11 for James K. and Nancy Ahrens with the condition that the applicants obtain all applicable permits pertaining to the variance. Commissioner Joe Collins seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Parsons-Aye, Collins-Aye, Nelson-Aye.
ROAD & BRIDGE – STAN RASMUSSEN
Change Order #1/Downey Excavation. Commissioner Joe Collins moved to approve Change Order #1, Downey Excavation, to provide additional gravel on County Rd. #122 for approximately 1/3 mile in the amount of $130,232. Commissioner Ken Parsons seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Collins-Aye, Nelson-Aye, Parsons-Aye.
Ann Brady, Rangely Mayor, introduced Peter Brixius, Rangely Town Manager, to the Board.
Commissioner Ken Parsons attended a severance tax meeting in Denver. He noted that the group is seeking information on pre-payment of severance tax agreements. Parsons also attended the Club 20 meetings. An economic analysis of Amendment #113 by Jim Evans indicates that local government is not held harmless if the amendment should pass and the new formulas implemented. Evans predicts a 10 million dollar loss per year for regional governments.
Commissioner Joe Collins reported a problem concerning the availability of stoker coal and senior citizens that are still relying on this method to heat their homes. He questioned if the original contract with Colowyo required stoker coal to be available.
Chairman Forrest Nelson attended an agency meeting that reviewed regional agency issues. Colorado River Water Conservation meeting in Glenwood on Tuesday and Wednesday reviewed several legal issues. It was noted that the Wolford Mountain Reservoir near Kremmling is in need of a ˝ million-dollar repair.
With no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was recessed.
Nancy R. Amick, Clerk to the Board Forrest Nelson, Chairman of the Board