Gilpin Commissioners review employee requests, financial reports, and zoning changes
By Randy Beaudette
The Gilpin County Commissioners meeting was called to order at the Gilpin County Courthouse August 23, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. with Commissioners Madam Chair Linda Isenhart, Buddy Schmalz, and Gail Watson. Also in attendance were County Manager Roger Baker, County Attorney Jim Petrock, and Deputy Clerk to the Board Sharon Cate.
There were no changes to the agenda and no Public or Press comments.
Request to Hire a Cook
Human Resources Manager Susie Allen and Captain Tonia Kepke submitted a request to the Gilpin County Board of Commissioners, to increase the starting pay in order to hire a cook.
The Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office has been struggling with staffing issues with the loss of one full-time cook and a part-time cook. The job announcement produced three applicants, none of which accepted the position for one reason or another. One candidate turned down the job for another job that paid more.
The request would increase the starting pay from $13.24 per hour to $14.64 per hour.
Gilpin County Commissioners approved the request unanimously.
Human Services Request
Human Services Director Betty Donovan had several items that she presented to the Board.
First was a Memorandum of Understanding between Gilpin County Board of Commissioners and Colorado Department of Human Services. This MOU would oversee the Works Program and the Child Care Programs that are implemented and maintained by Gilpin County Human Services. The MOU was accepted by the Board.
Next, Donovan and Human Resources Manager Susie Allen proposed a title change and pay grade increase. The Senior Services Coordinator will be changed to Senior Services Transportation Supervisor and the pay grade will change from a 70 to a 75, which is about a $3,500 increase a year at mid-range. The changes were approved by the Board.
Lastly, Donovan and Allen, proposed a resurvey and review the position of Case Manager Supervisor to assure that the position is comparable with the current market. After much debate, the Commissioners decided to table the survey at the present time due to cost and resources.
Gilpin County Treasurer Alynn Huffman reported that Gilpin County is doing well and the numbers in the report supported her claim. Grand total to date $10,607,621 compared to last year’s total $7,980,898. Commissioner Isenhart inquired about the large difference. Huffman replied, “That this is the result of budgeting. The County is not spending as much money this year.” Looking at the report, there is also an increased percentage of property taxes paid this year as opposed to 2015. 96.3% vs 95.7%.
Clerk & Recorder’s Report
County Clerk Coleen Stewart reported that the monthly income for July at the Clerk’s office was $176,105 with $108,364 going to the State of Colorado and other expenses. The Clerk’s office deposited $68,014 into the County’s account.
Stewart also presented three Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA’s) Between Gilpin County Clerk and Black Hawk, Gilpin County Clerk and Central City, and Gilpin County Clerk and the Boulder County School District for issues to put on the ballot during the November General election. Black Hawk and Boulder County also want a sales tax increase, and Central City will place on the ballot Council candidates for office. All three IGA’s were approved by the Commissioners.
Finance Director Clorinda Smith presented a lease agreement to the Board. The lease, between Gilpin County and Rush Truck Center of Denver is for a 2017 Peterbilt cab and chassis to be used as a plow/dump truck. Total amount for the lease will be $154,703 which is a line item in the 2016 approved budget. Gilpin County Commissioners approved the lease agreement.
Isenhart closed the board of Commissioners and opened the Public Hearing portion of the meeting at 10:05 a.m.
Community Development Director Tony Petersen presented Resolution 16-08 which added several changes to the zoning regulations that ranged from Temporary Use Permits to definition clarifications to signage and lighting changes.
After an hour and a half debate, the Gilpin County Board of Commissioners decided to temporarily table the Resolution that would incorporate the zoning changes.
Isenhart closed the Public Hearing portion of the meeting and opened up the Board of Health at 11:30 p.m.
Petersen and Gilpin County resident Oscar Barlow presented variance request (BOH # 16-01) that will allow Barlow to drill a well 78 feet from his Soil Treatment Area (STA) located at 218 Caesar. Current State and Gilpin Code requires 100 feet separation of the two features. Gilpin County Board of Health approved the request.
Isenhart closed the Board of Health and re-opened the Public Hearing at 11:35 p.m. Petersen presented a requested Exemption from Subdivision for Alex Gutierrez located at 110 Douglass Mountain Road (SBE 16-01). The property at said address is bordered by Colorado Highway 119, Douglas Mountain Road, and the Jefferson/Gilpin County line. Because the 3.5 acre parcel is not exempt under the 1972 35 acre minimum statute, it must be defined as belonging to a subdivision. The subject parcel was divided from a larger parcel in 1983 without gaining the aforementioned approvals. It contains a house built in 1984 and an unpermitted well likely drilled at the same time. The prospective buyers requested a copy of the well permit from the State, which, because of the parcel’s non-legal status, the State could not issue. Board approval would exempt this parcel from the definition of a subdivided land and it will become a legal parcel, a well permit could be obtained, and the sale can proceed. Gilpin County Commissioners approved the Subdivision Exemption.
County Manager Report
County Manager Roger Baker reported that Gilpin County had a record number of bookings in to the County Jail. 122 inmates were housed at the jail during the month of July for various reasons.
During the Nederland Cold Springs fire, Gilpin County Animal Rescue Team (GCART) was activated and cared for 164 evacuated animals, including horses, cows, alpacas and other critters.
Rollinsville Long-term Camping Concerns
The Greater Rollinsville Community Association expressed their concern to Commissioner Watson about the long-term camping on National Forest in the area. Traffic in the subdivisions has increased because campers are looking for access to public lands. The Association proposed that signs be posted at the entrance of these subdivisions that border public land, stating “No Access to Public Land.”
Gilpin County Commissioners recessed to executive session to receive legal advice at 12:40 p.m.
The next Gilpin County Board of Commissioners meeting will be September 13, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the old Gilpin County Courthouse at 203 Eureka St. Central City, Colorado.