by Beecher Threatt
After a public hearing on Tuesday, sans public, the Board of County Commissioners granted a request by Terese Seal, manager of Orvis Hot Springs, to lower the speed limit on a section of County Road 3 from 25 to 15 mph. The original request was to cover one quarter mile, from the intersection with U.S. 550 past Orvis Hot Springs, where soakers and campers compete with traffic.
"It's getting kind of dangerous down there as people go whizzing by," Seal told commissioners.
Commissioner Lynn Padgett asked if the one-quarter mile point went to the north fence line or the south side of the propane tank yard. Seal said going to the south side would be ideal, because of the overflow parking location, but she did not know where the one-quarter mile point would be.
Instead of saying the speed limit would apply to the south side of the propane lot, Commission Chair Mike Fedel said, "It would be nice to have a delineation point."
Padgett pulled up a GIS map on her computer and discovered that the south side of the propane lot was just .15 mile from U.S. 550.
Commissioners voted to approve the decreased speed limit for .15 mile and to suggest that signs be erected warning of a congested area.
Public Health Director Cheryl Roberts-Lee made her quarterly report to commissioners. A major issue has arisen with the county's recent agreements with the school districts to provide nursing services and training for school aides.
"We should have had aides trained six weeks before school started," Roberts-Lee told the BOCC. "We spent an inordinate amount of time getting the aides up to speed."
The superintendents, teachers, aides and Roberts-Lee all have different expectations, she said. The aides are filling multiple jobs at the schools and have just two hours a day for this job, which is not enough.
"It was a good plan, but it has not gotten off the ground," Roberts-Lee stated. She plans to meet with superintendents of both districts this week to discuss the situation.
In another matter, County Attorney Marti Whitmore told commissioners that the county engineer is "not satisfied" with the proposal by Butch Gunn to contain the buried tires on his property. Whitmore said a conference call is scheduled for Oct. 10 with the state public health department, and the Army Corps of Engineers, at which she hopes to determine whether ACE will require complete removal of the tires and who will take the lead going forward.
In other business, the BOCC:
--authorized facilities manager Will Clapsadl to experiment with a software program called FacilityDude, which may be helpful in lowering building utility costs. The program is free for one year.
--heard from Whitmore that she is assisting County Clerk Michelle Nauer with responding to open records requests regarding election records. The requests mainly come from organizations outside Colorado, such as True the Vote, and they send requests to all 64 counties.
--heard a report from County Administrator Connie Hunt regarding fund balances, in preparation for upcoming budget work sessions.
--learned from Hunt that Black Canyon Regional Land Trust has made a first-time request for $4,000 to support its educational and outreach programs and that Second Chance Humane Society has requested an increase from its 2012 award of $3,500 to $5,000 for 2013. Commissioners were not inclined to entertain either request.