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Special Commissioners Meeting November 20th

By Randy Beaudette

The Gilpin Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) held a special online meeting on November 20, 2020 that highlighted topics such Board of Health Board elevation of COVID Dial “Orange” for Gilpin County, DOLA CARES Act discussion, and a discussion regarding COVID regional resilience and recovery roadmap for the County.

Board-Chair Gail Watson opened up the meeting sometime around 1:30 pm with Commissioners Ron Engels and Linda Isenhart. Also joining online was County Manager Abel Montoya, County Attorney Brad Benning, Deputy Clerk Sharon Cate, and members from the Senior Leadership Team.

COVID Dial Elevation

The Gilpin County Board of Health agreed to elevate Gilpin County into “Orange” on the COVID dial meter on Monday November 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm. What this means for Gilpin residents is High Risk individuals are strongly advised to Say at Home, personal gatherings are limited to 10 individuals or two households, childcare centers remain open, K-12 schools in-person suggested hybrid or remote learning appropriate, places of worship, indoor restaurants, and non-critical manufacturing will be limited to 25% capacity or 50 people maximum, bars closed, and gyms may operate at 25% capacity.

Gilpin County Public Health Coordinator Bonnie Albrecht informed the folks online that ten new positive cases came back from the most recent tests and that Gilpin County now has 73 cases total since March 2020. There have been 32 cases in the past two week which results in positivity rate of 10.6%.

Other restrictions apply, so refer to https://cdphe.colorado.gov/ for additional details.

DOLA CARES Act Discussion

Gilpin County Manager Abel Montoya led the discussion of the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) act funding. The County expects to utilize the funding throughout the remainder of 2020. Gilpin was awarded $1.7 million dollars which was obtained earlier this year from which $1.5 million is accounted for in regards to reimbursements to the County. The future of the remaining funds is uncertain at this time. A December 1st meeting is planned to decide the allocation of the remaining $200,000.

Regional Resiliency and Recovery Roadmap

Gilpin County Manager Montoya also led the discussion on the “DOLA roadmap to recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic. DOLA is currently initiating a program based on county, regional, and economic partnerships. Gilpin County will partner with other counties with a similar demographics and economic commonality. The idea of the program is to provide federal dollars for economic development for the next two years in a particular region or partnership. If Colorado is overlooked for those federal dollars, the State is developing a strategy to initiate a recovery program that will look very much like the DOLA program except it will be on a much smaller scale. Teller County is one of those most likely to be partnering up with Gilpin as their gaming related economic bases are similar.

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