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    Elbert County Under the Radar         "The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it." -Voltaire

INDEPENDENCE….IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WATER

If you'd like to review documentation about the development before it's too late, check out the County website CLICK HERE.

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COUNTY GOVERNMENT’S CULTURE OF BULLYING ALIVE AND WELL

I made an error in when I reported that Commissioner Danny Willcox was present in the meeting in the office of the County's Human Resources Director. Commissioner Willcox reports that he was not present for this meeting. Subsequently, he learned of the resignation from the HR director, invited the employee into his office, and spent 30-45 minutes talking to her.. He did not feel it appropriate to share further details since they concern private matters. There is no reason to question Commissioner Willcox's version of events. I have apologized to him and regret the error.

--Rick Brown

Leavenworth, Kansas

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Chris Richardson is a good friend. If you are on the Chris Richardson BFF list, you can be sure of two things. The first is that James Taylor will be playing in the background and singing, "You've Got a Friend" if you....

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Board of County Commissioners’ meeting
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County Signs Deal With Oil-Gas Company

So the BOCC is signing a contract with Bison Oil and Gas that will lease the county's mineral rights to the company. This is without passing it through the Planning Commission, apparently without a reviewed MOU, and without any public hearings or input. Read about this BOCC’s continued pissing on transparency CLICK HERE or CLICK HERE FOR PDF.

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THIS HAS TO STOP!
For my entire teaching career I was acutely aware of the fact that under the eyes of the law, I was considered, "a person in authority..."

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SOD Elbert County Petition

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Please sign this petition in opposition to the cluster development of 920 homes proposed at CR158 and CR 5 known as Independence (Bandera).

Board of County Commissioners
Meeting Minutes - July 12, 2017

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Planning Commission
Meeting Minutes
July 11, 2017

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Independence Development:
Rooftops: Revenue Boon or Budget Busting Strategy?

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Senator Cory Gardner:
(202) 224-5941 (Washington D.C.)
(303) 391-5777 (Denver Office)
CORY_GARDNER@GARDNER.SENATE.GOV

How to Hire a County Manager

In 2014, Elbert County appointed its first county manager. It was not a unanimous appointment by the three commissioners. Then Commissioner Kurt Schlegel wanted to thank then road and bridge manager Ed Ehmann for protecting Schlegel when state officials came after the county for exposing asbestos at the Elizabeth titan missile silo/trash transfer site. Schlegel, acting on his own, directed Ehmann to give the keys to the site to a contractor for the purpose of extracting scrap metal. OOPS! They blamed it all on the contractor. Following a $20,000 fine from the state and closure of the site, Ehmann was rewarded with a bump to a newly created county manager position and a $109K annual salary. The county is still paying off that fine and the site is still closed.

In a 2015 report from the National Association of Counties (NaCO), less than half (43%) of U.S. counties have a county manager. (See this report here): 

In the spirit of helpfulness, a concerned citizen offers our county commissioners some easily obtained information via Google on how to find a qualified county manager:

From the CCCMA (Colorado City and County Management Association: How to Hire a Local Government Administrator

The opening paragraphs in this document read:

"For many governing board members, hiring a local government manager may be the most important decision you will make during your tenure. Think about it: The person you choose as your next manager must be able to carry out all of the policies that you establish, in the way that you want them carried out. In addition, she or he must ensure the provision of all your government services at the level that your citizens demand and expect. Your new manager will have a major effect on your organization and community, one that will extend well beyond your term in office. That is a pretty high standard for your manager search, so it makes sense that you will want to do everything you can to get it right."

"Hiring a local government manager is not a case of finding the "winning" candidate from among the applicants - it is more a matter of finding the right match for you and the manager. Select a mismatch, and you will be doing another search before you know it. Find the right match, and you will be making an investment in the long-term success of your community. This publication is intended to help you conduct a thoughtful, thorough manager search that will provide you and your eventual selection with all the information needed to determine if you are both making the right choice."

My personal opinion is that the commissioners need to hear unfiltered information from qualified department heads and employees. Hiring a qualified financial manager is essential. Until this county begins moving strongly in a positive financial direction, there is no need for an unqualified unprofessional county manager.

---- Concerned Elbert County resident

The Elbert County Comprehensive Plan

The Elbert County Comprehensive Plan is under revision; your ideas, concerns, and input are needed. There are 2 remaining citizen input meetings scheduled, as follows:

  • .the Comprehensive Master Plan Meeting #2 originally scheduled for 6/14 has been postponed to the September 13th date. Meeting #3 will be rescheduled soon

Please visit https://www.elbertcountycompplan.com, which provides us with the activity calendar, upcoming Agenda, review of prior meetings, polling opportunities, maps, documents, status of the comprehensive plan, and a “Contact Us” link to share your ideas. Watch for smaller public meetings hosted by HOAs, churches, and other organizations.