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Kiowa County Commissioners Meeting Minutes – June 29

Kiowa County, Colorado, Courthouse in Eads. © Chris Sorensen

The Kiowa County Commissioner’s Regular meeting was called to order on June 29, 2017, at 9:05 a.m. by Chairman Richard Scott with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Those in attendance were:

Richard Scott, Chairman of the Board

Cindy McLoud, Commissioner

Donald Oswald, Commissioner

Delisa Weeks, County Clerk

Tina Adamson, County Administrator

Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to approve the minutes as presented. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.

McLoud moved and Oswald seconded the motion to approve the vouchers as presented.       All Commissioners voted Affirmative.

Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to approve the agenda with the following additions to New Business: Mill Levy and Transit By-Laws and Conflict of Interest.  All Commissioners voted Affirmative.

Howard Votruba entered the meeting at 09:20 a.m. to discuss a possible donation from the county for fireworks for the Town of Eads. David Kraft, Fire Chief for the Town of Eads asked Howard if he could request funding from the county for the fireworks. After discussion it was decided that each fire department should reach out to their recreation district and ask for support.

Votruba did report that there were 10 firefighters completing the online training course.

Adamson had spoken with SECPA in regards to the fee for the 3 phase to be installed into the fire department in Eads. The estimated cost is $3000.00. The Commissioners will have to discuss this further before acting on the cascade system. Mr. Votruba exited the meeting at 09:30 a.m.


Grant Updates: The REDI Grant final report is due June 30, 2017 for the Grandstand Study. McLoud will prepare the final report to DOLA so that reimbursement will be placed on the 30th of June.

The State Historical reports for the Murdock building were completed and filed.

Oswald moved and McLoud seconded to approve the $245,000.00 request for EPA reimbursement from the Brownfields Project. Adamson will submit the final report for this.

Patricia Roper, Museum Board President entered the meeting at 09:55 a.m. to request the finishing trim be completed on the museum before fair. She said the maintenance men had done a wonderful job on the work that they had completed. There was discussion over budgetary funding to complete this project due to the replacement of an air conditioner in the museum. Scott asked to have Maintenance Foremen Crain come in and discuss this matter further. Roper thanked the BOCC for their time and exited the meeting.

Landfill UPDATE: Scott had visited with Commissioner Ward from Cheyenne County and they both agreed there is much frustration with the regulations on the landfill issues. Scott asked Adamson to contact the other commissioners in this area to see if they are having trouble with state compliance orders on their landfills. Oswald moved and McLoud seconded to approve the four year Compliance Schedule for the Eads Landfill. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.  

Mike Crain, Maintenance Foreman and Jack Howard, Road Foreman entered the meeting at 10:14 a.m.  The Commissioners asked Foreman Crain if he and his crew would be able to complete the front of the museum this year and then complete the rest of it for the year 2018. Crain said they should be able to do that. He exited the meeting at 10:25 a.m.

Road Foreman Howard discussed the landfill issue further with the BOCC and then exited the meeting.

Planning & Zoning Update:  Kent Johnston and Michelle Wyckoff members of the Planning and Zoning Board; Administrator Tina Adamson, Commissioners Donald Oswald and Cindy McLoud toured two Alamosa Solar Farms on June 22, 2017. There is some interest of a solar farm coming to Kiowa County.

Shalberg Pond: McLoud had spoken with Rick Gardner with State Parks and he said the report he had viewed stated the water at Shalberg Pond needs to be oxygenated.

Sr. Ceramics: Adamson reported that Zelpha Woelk is not interested in being Coordinator for the Senior Ceramics at this time.

Mill Levy: There will be a Mill Levy question for the Special Fire District on the 2017 Ballot.

Bruce Fickenscher entered the meeting to discuss his interim position as the Southeast Area Director for Colorado State Extension.  Jeramy McNeely, Kiowa County Extension agent reported the Cloverbud garden at the Assisted Living is growing well and that the County Exhibit Day will be August 7, 2017 at the Community Building.

Oswald moved and McLoud seconded to recess for the lunch hour. All Commissioners voted Affirmative. The meeting reconvened at 1:08 p.m.

Dennis Pearson, Social Service Director entered the meeting to provide an update for Social Services. He reported that Lacy Van Campen is completing her child daycare licensing.

Pearson requested clarification as to where the remaining TANF funds could be best utilized in Kiowa County. Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to split the remaining funds from TANF and apply it to CKLECC and the local childcare program. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.

Social Services will be installing a drop box for clients to leave paperwork after business hours. It has yet to be determined where this drop box will be located.


Reports were reviewed. Dennis Pearson, RESADA Board member provided an update on RESADA.

Time off Request Forms: One form was submitted. Oswald moved and McLoud seconded to approve the time off request. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.

Leave Donation Policy: Postponed.

Interim Study-Jail Funding & Overcrowding: Administrator Adamson will forward an e-mail to Senator Crowder and request that Kiowa County be kept apprised of the situation.

H.E.S. Elevator Contract-Adamson presented the contract for the annual maintenance of the County’s elevators. Oswald moved and McLoud seconded to sign the maintenance agreement for the courthouse and DSS elevators. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.

Jennifer Wingate with Denver Botanical Garden will be traveling on Kiowa County country roads gathering different weeds/plants for the study of the Botanical Garden.

CMP Budget: Adamson presented the budget for the commissioners to review.

Adams Electric/Titan LED Estimate: Titan LED completed an estimated review for the   buildings Kiowa County owns. The estimated cost for LED lighting is approximately $90,000.00. This will be figured into the 2018 budget and possibly be paid over a period of time.

McLoud reported there was damage done on May Valley Road by C-DOT when they were doing the overlay project on State Highway 96. Road Foreman Howard has already repaired the road.

Vending Machines: Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the approval of a candy vending machine that will be maintained by the Sheriff’s Office. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.

County Debrucing Ballot Question: McLoud would like to put the County Debrucing Question on the 2017 Ballot. Ron Farmer, the County Auditor will be assisting on the wording of this.

Mill Levy Question: The Special Fire District will have a Mill Levy Question on the 2017 Ballot.

Dan and Jan Richards entered the meeting to discuss various items. Mr. Richards provided a report on the Arkansas Basin Roundtable. He reported that they are seeking a representative from Kiowa County for the Water Quality Initiative. This person will do water and soil sampling in the Arkansas Basin area. He provided further information on the lakes in Kiowa County and the John Martin Dam.

Mr. and Mrs. Richards also questioned the plans for the former Rialto Motel lot. Richards may be interested in purchasing the property. Richards would like to see a building constructed that could hold different businesses such as a dentist office and a law office. The Commissioners will discuss further and get back in contact with Richards. Dan Richards exited the meeting.

Jan Richards spoke briefly on behalf of the Kiowa County Economic Development. She requested clarification on the gravel usage and the equipment the county will be using for the Low/Medium Income Housing Project. Richards questioned how many hours would be used for each piece of equipment. This information is needed for the S.E.C.E.D. grant.   Richards thanked the BOCC for their time and exited the meeting.

Transit By-Laws & Conflict of Interest: Oswald moved and McLoud seconded to approve the Transit By-Laws & Conflict of Interest Statement. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.  

Oswald moved and Scott seconded to sign the EIF Reimbursement & Report form for the Kiowa County Fairgrounds. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.

The next regular Commissioner’s meeting will be July 13, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

With no other business to discuss Oswald moved and McLoud seconded to adjourn the meeting at 3:47 p.m. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.