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    Elbert County Under the Radar

Commissioner Kelly Dore Resigns
Scuttlebutt has it that Danny Wilcox, buddy and devotee of Kurt Schlegel has been selected as Kelly's replacement. Oh boy, more Schlegel-Rowland influenced BOCC shenanigans ahead.

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Seat-of-the-Pants Budgeting

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And where exactly does Elbert County stand as far as being on track to get our budget signed, sealed, and delivered by December 31...?

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Summary BOCC Meeting- Aug. 10, 2016

Consent agenda approval for: vouchers/warrants, previous meeting minutes, and an Emergency Management Performance Grant agreement.

Recognition and thank-you's to Brandon Lenderink, OEM manager who is leaving EC to work for the City of Aurora. He also gave an update on ongoing county contracts (mitigation and repairs on road washouts and a hazard mitigation plan for natural disasters).

Rick Pettit, treasurer, stated that the 6 month trustee's report will be published in the newspaper. Commissioner Ross recognized the fair board for the success of the recent county fair.

Public comment:
1) Susan Schick commended the county for getting the audit completed on time; she also suggested that the county reinstate the tool tax which was suspended several years ago. She also stated her concern about why the Thimgan contract for property valuations was terminated without ever having appeared on the the agenda for public discussion.
2) Jill Duvall commended Shawn Carpenter, fairgrounds manager, and his assistant, Stan, for service above and beyond the call of duty during the recent county fair.

Reports:
Jake Kuijper gave a detailed report about the current status of the county's retirement plan.

Ted Lindtvelt of CTSI (county's insurance pool) gave his annual review. Of the 52 members in the pool, only 7 counties have a worse claims history in the casualty/property area than EC (and apparently this is a slight improvement!). The CTSI report was not available to the public, and the representative frequently referred to graphs and charts making a more detailed analysis for this summary somewhat difficult.

Ed Ehmann, county manager, summarized the 2015 Plan for Cost Allocation with MGT America. (A much more detailed and thorough presentation of this program was presented at the staff meeting on Monday 8/8 by Eric Parish of MGT. Citizen Rick Brown publicly commented that Parish's presentation should have been made at the BOCC meeting in order for the public to more fully understand why the BOCC utilizes this service).

The commissioners moved to replenish $15,000 in the retainer fund for the law firm employing attorney Steve Larson. This firm is handling an employee investigation because the county attorney created a conflict of interest for himself in this matter.

A study session will be held on Monday 8/15 at 11AM in the commissioners' room.

-Jill Duvall


Kurt Schlegel & Diane Miller Involved In Proposed 920 Home Development

At the meeting held 8/1 by the developer proposing the 920 homes on Rd. 158, it was revealed that the preliminary plat by Bandera (previous developers) had expired because a final plat was never approved by the county. Per the resolution approved in 2009, the developer only had one year to have the final plat approved. Since the preliminary plat for this development was approved in 2009, too much time has elapsed for it to be used by the current developer, Independence.

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So the next step for Independence is to do their own preliminary plat. They are still proposing 920 homes; however, the public can now have input into the process by showing up at public hearings, planning commission meetings and county commissioner meetings when this development is on the agenda.

There was a very good turnout tonight for the meeting. The initial format (folks moving through the various "stations") did not work, and the crowd basically forced the presenters to conduct a large group session. The setting still wasn't ideal: folks had to stand for the entire 2 hours, and the absence of any microphones made it difficult to hear which led to a somewhat disjointed presentation.

The overall consensus of those present was clearly that this development did not fit with the rural nature of Elbert County.

A couple of interesting tidbits: when asked by an attendee if Kurt Schlegel had been hired by the developer, it was acknowledged that Mr. Schlegel had done some "initial contact work" for this developer. Additionally, Diane Miller (Karl Nyquist's attorney) is the attorney for the metro district that will control and provide the water for this development.

If the future of Elbert County development and the use of our limited non-renewable water are as important to you as they are to me, I encourage you to get involved and stay involved!
- Jill Duvall



Mundus Vult Decipi, Ergo Decipiatur
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What the Dunn Memorial Should Teach Us All about Leadership


If we are being honest with ourselves, most of us have spent at least a little time reflecting on who, if anyone, would show up at a funeral or memorial if we were to suddenly pass away

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Colorado Ballot Initiatives for 2016-Part 1
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The first four approved initiatives are the subject of this article.

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The Independence Development Questions

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have no doubt heard of the proposed large housing project north of County Rd.158 known currently as Independence. It was formerly known as the Bandera development.

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Renaissance Expedition Found
the Bones of Fondis

Water Advisory Committee

Next WAC meeting is Wednesday, September 7 at 7PM in the Elizabeth Library."

Currently 98% of Elbert County residents rely on individual wells, an important fact to keep in mind as higher density development is being considered.


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2016 Elbert County 4H Fair Results

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Elbert County Financial Audit 2015...Part 2
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Improved Performance OR Creative Cash Positioning ?

In Part One of this two part commentary of the 2015 Elbert County Financial Statement, this writer talked about “the elephant in the room”...

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2015 Annual Financial Report-Draft

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Elbert County Sheriff Seeks Supplemental Budget

Seven months after the infamous November 18 BOCC meeting where Sheriff Shayne Heap...

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Elbert County Public Service:

Transcript of the Nov 18, 2015 Planned Insurrection

Talking Points Crowd Stage a Revolt

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Chris Richardson:
Just Another GOP chip off the Schlegel & Rowland block