SAGUACHE — The following are highlights from the Sept. 17 Saguache County Commissioner’s meeting taken from draft meeting minutes recorded by Clerk’s office staffer Dominique White.
County Attorney Ben Gibbons requested an executive session for legal and personnel matters at the beginning of the meeting, Commissioners approved the Sept. 3 minutes.
In their reports, all three commissioners mentioned their participation in the county employee appreciation breakfast.
During the public comment period, Moffat property owner Robert Tafoya presented his concerns about the dangerous traffic through the town of Moffat. Tafoya asked commissioners to reach out to the Colorado Department of Transportation to see if there is any way it can be monitored.
Tony Jennings stated that he would like to see a list of all the people who have received a letter about blight. He feels that there are a lot of people with the same blight issues he was cited for, and said it is not fair that he is the only one who has to clean it up.
Public Health director Lynette Grant stated the State is wanting her to provide them with her qualifications. Public Health is getting $1,800 from OPPI for opioid response. Commissioners approved a motion for Grant to receive the funds for opioid treatment and funding.
County Attorney Ben Gibbons requested that commissioners enter into an agreement with HRRMC, MJ Investments LLC and Saguache County to lease office space for the sheriff’s office substation in Crestone.
Earlier in the meeting, commissioners also approved the release of $32,500 from the Road and Bridge budget in the amount of $16,000 for one sheriff’s department vehicle and $16,500 for a second sheriff’s department vehicle, effective immediately.
Gibbons then presented bids on behalf of Linda Warsh for the Department of Social Services (DSS). Commissioners approved a contract between DSS and Rocky Mountain Counseling Group LLC for mental health services. Commissioners then entered into executive session.
After emerging from executive session, commissioners approved a motion to enter into a lease with Heart of the Rockies Medical Center regarding the medical office center in Saguache with the stipulation that Saguache County owns the building.
Commissioners also approved the proposed Tourism Council amended bylaws.
Road and Bridge
Road and Bridge supervisor Randal Arredondo suggested doing an exchange of a portion of the land at County Road 25-TT so the county can have a place for snow storage after removal. The Board directed Randy to have the property surveyed to see how much acreage will be traded.
Commissioners then approved a motion to accept the amended contract for the Monte Vista Solar Project.
Land Use director Wendi Maez presented the following conditional use requests to commissioners, which were unanimously recommended for approval by the planning commission. Commissioners unanimously approved all the requests.
• James Woodard/ Dr. Woodard’s Colorado Cubes, LTD. Villa for the manufacture of CBD
• MEI Li Estate Holdings, LLC/ Huong Cun Hoong dba Green View Farms, LLC. 6754 Highway 17. NW1/4 33-42-10. Request is for an outdoor marijuana cultivation on an approved cultivation area. Outdoor cultivation will be done in pots not dug into the ground. There is a residence on this location for four employees to reside in. All permits have been filed and approved.
• MEI Li Real Estate Holding LLC/ Beau Zhon Xiang dba Green Resources, LLC, 6748 Highway 17. NW1/4 33-42-10. Request is for outdoor marijuana cultivation on an approved cultivation area. Outdoor cultivation will be done in pots and not dug into the ground. There is a residence on location for six employees to reside. All permits have been filed and approved.
• Huckleberry Farms, LLC, 8833 County Road 59, NW1/4NE1/4 & NE1/4NE1/4 24-42-9. This request is for a retail marijuana cultivation. Access will be off of County Road 59, which is not a county-maintained road. There will be two to five employees.
Acting county administrator Wendi Maez announced the receipt of Secure Rural School funds. Commissioners approved a motion authorizing County Treasurer Connie Trujillo to distribute 100 percent of SRS Title I funds to the schools in Saguache and Gunnison Counties.
Maez also discussed the WSB Computer/ Ciello Internet proposal with commissioners, who approved moving the phone and internet services from Century Link to Ciello services with the installation cost paid through the reserves.
Tristram Post stated that she has been busy working on the Decker Fire. They will be having a hot-shot crew from the San Juan’s coming in. The campgrounds will be closing in the middle of November.
Southwest Conservation Corps annual update
A presentation was given on the work that Saguache County kids did over the summer. The first week they helped with the BLM, the second and fourth week they worked at the Saguache County Landfill and collected 166 bags of trash, the third week they went out with a local biologist and monitored habitats.
Commissioners also approved the following motions:
• Request to move $3,251.61 from Public Health to the Coroner account, due to a mistake made in a deposit.
• Payment of $7,015 for the balance of Blackbaud/Financial Edge services, to come out of the administration budget.
• Request for a part-time 29-hour-a-week temporary employee position in the county clerk’s office from Oct. 31 through the end of the year.
The meeting adjourned at 3:17 p.m