by Casey Malon
Winter Park Times
At Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, following approval of the January 8 meeting minutes, the commissioners switched hats to sit
Cliffview Assisted Living Center | Mary Jo Hargadine to be
Grand County Housing Authority Coordinator, Sheena Darland, provided an update on the transition of Cliffview Assisted Living Center management services from Senior Housing Options to Middle Park Health. Last week, a video conference was held with county staff, Senior Housing Options and Middle Park Health to discuss the transition. Middle Park Health had already held a meeting with current Cliffview staff. Employees with proper qualifications that are able to pass the required background check and drug screening will be retained. Mary Jo Hargadine, RN, BSN, will become the Administrator of Cliffview when the transition is complete. A meeting was also held with residents and family members to alleviate rumors about the change, that rates would be going up.
Darland told the commissioners that Grand Living’s software is now up and running, but, “the federal government is cramping my style.” HUD and the USDA pay about 70% of the rent and no one is sending money during the furlough. “We’re making it, but we just need the federal government to come off furlough,” said Darland, adding, “we are monitoring accounts closely, paying bills that absolutely have to be paid.” Transitioning at the first of the year while the government is on furlough has made things difficult. “We have to make sure we are prioritizing. We have to keep the lights on and the places warm.” Darland committed to providing a weekly update on the status to the commissioners “there’s not much else we can do.”
Human Services SNAP and Public Health WIC clients impacted by
Director of Human Services, Deb Ruttenberg, next discussed the effects the government shutdown has had on their services. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) required all redetermination paperwork to be in by Tuesday, January 15 for recipients to receive January and February benefits. In order to assist the 22 recipients, the department worked late on Friday, came in Saturday and worked late Monday to make contact with the recipients that had
Ruttenberg told the commissioners that they have 207 households/actual cases
Ruttenberg’s staff will be counseling SNAP recipients on making their benefits stretch for the next six
Public Health Director, Brene Belew-LaDue told the commissioners that the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program has funds available through the end of February, and that may help some of Human Services’ clients as
Belew-Ladue explained they have been reaching out to clients who have not come in for appointments to determine whether they’re still eligible. “Kids have to be the right age. Most people stay on through baby’s first year of life,” she said.
The agencies are still taking new applications. For WIC, the state has enough money to be able to issue benefits through January and February as they are coming from an uncapped funding stream. However, the redetermination funds are capped. If an application is submitted late, an applicant may or may not get benefits, depending on whether there are funds available.
SIA Amendment releases funds for the Ranches at Devil’s Thumb LEED Green associate, Alex Taft, submitted Resolution 2019-1-15 authorizing a partial release of funds in the amount of $2,331,970 to the Ranches at Devil’s Thumb subdivision. The county will retain $1,590,813 as collateral for completion of remaining projects. The commissioners approved the resolution unanimously.
County moves forward with second 457 DCP option
Human Resources Director, Colleen Reynolds, presented the commissioners with a second option to the county’s Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP). Currently, the county offers employees a traditional 457(b) Plan, which allows employees to contribute pre-tax earnings into an account to save for retirement. Under this option, benefits are taxable when they are paid out.
The new option, a Roth 457(b) Plan, would allow employees to put after-tax contributions into an account with tax-free earnings. Future withdrawals (after separation of employment, if held at least 5 years and to age 59 and a half), would be nontaxable. Unlike the traditional plan, loans would not be accommodated under the Roth option.
Both of the plans are voluntary, and employees can enroll, change or cease contributions at any time. The county does not contribute or match contributions to the 457 DCP, and this remains unchanged. The commissioners felt it was good to offer employees another option and directed Reynolds to prepare the amendment paperwork for their approval.
DMV experiences billing glitch in December vehicle registration fees
County Clerk Sara Rosene explained the new state system, Colorado DRIVES miscalculated fees, mostly on “preemie” vehicles (vehicles purchased before their model year) as well as on 2009 and 2015 vehicles. “The fee structure is complicated,” said Rosene. Rosene told the commissioners her staff has busy investigating inquiries and issuing a lot of refunds.
Commissioner Linke asked Rosene about one of his vehicles, which came in at about double what he’d paid the previous year. Rosene instructed him to bring the registration over, and they would take a look at it. Residents who notice a significant change in their renewals should contact the local DMV office in Hot Sulphur Springs. Online inquiries have had more trouble with resolving their issues.
Commissioner Linke asked Rosene, “Are you confident the state’s system is working properly?” Rosene replied, “I can’t really answer that.” It’s still relatively new and, as system conversions go, it seems “when one thing is fixed, another is broken.”
Fair Board looks at Monster Truck Rally for Kremmling Days
Assistant County Manager, Ed Moyer, highlighted at last week’s Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Board meeting, they had learned the proposed Monster Truck Rally would require about 200 yards of filtered material to be brought into the arena. “That’s a big request for Road & Bridge to find the material and haul it in,” said Moyer. They would also need to build the track and jumps, tear it down and haul material out after the
Moyer said he met with the board president, Janet Engel, and they are looking at alternatives. “There’s a void in events and this event is much needed. We are trying to come up with a plan,” he said. “This may need volunteers and donation from the private sector.” The needed level of effort has not been
Moyer also confirmed the popular Demolition Derby would take place during the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo in August.
Upcoming OLRTAC and Nonprofit Workshops
On January 22, members of the Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Advisory Committee will join the commissioners for a workshop on the ballot measure, which was passed in November 2016. Of interest to many, the 15% cap on trails maintenance funding will be one of their topics for discussion.
On February 5, the commissioners will host a nonprofit workshop to explore the philosophy of nonprofit funding. Staab scheduled the workshop well ahead of the county’s budget cycle to talk about the commissioners’ preferred direction on future funding.
As always, the public is welcome to attend all meetings and workshops.
County begins Manager and Attorney candidate interviews
Following an extensive review of candidates, the field of both the county attorney and county manager applicants has been whittled down to 3 for the attorney and 3 for the county manager positions.
On January 16, the commissioners and staff conducted Video Teleconferences with the manager candidates and the attorney candidates will follow on January 30. From there, they will move on to in-person interviews on February 6, with a meet & greet the evening of February 5.
After that, the BOCC hopes to schedule an Executive Session on February 12 (before Mr. Staab’s final day on February 15) to make final decisions on the candidates and extend offers.
Grand Results Strategic Plan Update
Assistant County Manager, Ed Moyer, led the discussion on the county’s newly implemented strategic plan, which took effect the previous summer. During development, the county recognized important factors associated with managing the county’s growth, selecting five areas of focus: Transportation: County Roads, Alternative Transportation and Congestion; Affordable Housing; and, Broadband.
In order to track progress on each area of focus, Communication Coordinator Alexa Kimbrough created a spreadsheet that allowed stakeholders to update the status of a
Road & Bridge superintendent, Chris Baer, told the commissioners the department had updated snow policy posted on the county website. “The biggest change is that we have added CDOT’s traction laws as a reminder to the community,” said Baer, adding, “our weather conditions up here can change at the drop of a hat, and sometimes, we can’t keep up with that.” Baer reinforced the importance in people taking responsibility for their safety.
Baer admitted the department hadn’t had the time to devote to working on the
Moyer told the commissioners that the focus has been on the Kremmling and Granby airports and that train and transit (buses) are forthcoming. “Planes, trains
Community Development is talking with CDOT about a survey of the US 34 corridor. CDOT only pays 50% of
The county continues to work toward development of CR 522 and turned in all information for an extension of properties north of the ballfields. The county asked for
Commissioner Cimino asked, “This has been evaluated previously, has a traffic study been conducted?” Moyer told him it had been done, back in
Housing Authority Coordinator, Sheena Darland explained questionnaires had been sent to all municipalities to help with completion of the county housing needs assessment. She’d also asked the towns of Fraser and Winter Park for the results of their housing needs assessments in order to include their information. Darland is meeting with each municipality to work collaboratively on housing. “We’ll know more after meeting with the municipalities,” said Darland.
Darland also plans to meet with Robert Davis to discuss what to use the housing funds for in the future and how to increase the funds. “There’s a lot of moving parts all moving at the
New jail – Architects present update on future facility needs
County Manager, Lee Staab, gave background on the next agenda item. Part of the county’s goals identified while developing the Grand Results Strategic Plan was to look at county facilities and determine a strategy to replace them or consolidate them, as necessary. In October, the county selected Reilly Johnson Architecture (RJA) of Denver to help the county plan for future facility needs.
Bob Johnson of RJA told the commissioners he’d met with each department in November to look at the current work environment and gather information to make projections to as far out as 2038.
Johnson explained he started by having discussions and collecting information from EMS in Granby and Fraser, the Sheriff’s Department and Detention Center, Human Services and Public Health. He had also factored in the Grand County Animal Shelter, which may need to move in the next few years. All told, the total square footage for
“We are not going to get to money today, but we will soon”, said Johnson. RJA is due back to go over costs at the February 5 BOCC meeting. “Today, with a little scrutiny, I’m looking to the department heads to make sure I listened and got it right. Where it goes today is up to the board.”
Johnson’s presentation showed where the current facilities are at today. He told the commissioners that the square footage needed was double the amount they have currently. “How can that be? It’s because everyone is not where they need to be today”, said Johnson. Johnson walked through an overview of renderings the firm had designed for the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center. He offered two options for the facility. Concept A would redesign and expand the existing facility into the parking lot to the south. Concept B would move the entire complex onto
Hot Sulphur Springs resident, Christine Lee observed the size of the Detention Center was almost 3 times the size. “Does that mean we are going to have 3 times as many inmates?” Johnson explained that the center has an average of 28-30 inmates per day and the current facility is not
“Arrests have gone up significantly”, said Johnson. “The consultant predicts about 22% growth and 52 is the number of inmates projected”, said Johnson. “This is the first draft, used to get to this point today.”
Hot Sulphur Springs resident, Dan Nolan, asked whether the visitor population, which often doubles
Johnson explained they used multiple methods to determine the projected rate of incarceration.
Allen Pulliam and Ray Jennings with EMS stated
Hot Sulphur Springs mayor, Bob McVay, told the commissioners that he liked the concept and stressed the importance of keeping the detention facility in Hot Sulphur Springs. “I know there are other properties available, but you have to consider transport, security, and, the weather. “The citizens support it remaining here – there’s plenty of
At the meeting on February 5, Johnson said they would come back to talk about costs. “We’ll have the dollars for tear down, build and numbers for a hypothetical co-located campus.” The co-located campus would include Public Safety, EMS, Public Health and Social Services. A location for such a facility is yet to be determined.
Grand County Rural Health Network Director, Jenn Fanning, told the commissioners she identified 11-12 nonprofit organizations serving mutual clients that would be interested in securing space in a new co-located facility, for the efficiencies it would offer. “As part of the discussion, I’d like to throw out to the Board consideration of nonprofits that are interested in co-location,” adding, “We could get grants, so the county would not be footing all of the
Johnson asked Fanning for assistance in identifying the number of staff at each organization and they could factor in an additional 300 square feet per staff member to the cost analysis, adding the nonprofits in as a line item.
Commissioner Manguso told Johnson, “I want to see it both ways (with and without nonprofits),” noting that the public may have concerns with the county funding a handful of
Commissioner Linke asked Johnson if he was clear on the direction. Johnson replied, “I will prepare a very detailed cost model. I think I can present it to you clearly on February 5.”
Sheriff Brett Schroetlin addressed the commissioners, “It is important you come and sit down with the undersheriff and
County Manager Staab thanked everyone for attending the meeting. “It is important for you all to be here on the 5th” to give more input on the project.
“On the 12th of February, following your input, I will help the commissioners look at different funding options to pay for these facilities,” said Staab. “I will need to develop the
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