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Kiowa County Commissioners Meeting Minutes – September 29, 2017

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

The Kiowa County Commissioner’s Meeting Regular meeting was called to order on September 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. by Chairman Richard Scott. Scott opened the meeting with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Those in Attendance:

Richard Scott, Chairman

Cindy McLoud, Commissioner

Donald Oswald, Commissioner

Delisa Weeks, County Clerk

Tina Adamson, County Administrator

McLoud moved and Oswald seconded the motion to approve the minutes as presented. Motion carried.

Oswald moved McLoud seconded the motion to approve the vouchers as presented. Motion carried.

Scott moved and Oswald seconded the motion to approve the amended agenda with the following addition to New Business – Public Health and the CCI tour of the landfill.


Grant Update: McLoud will be submitting cost reimbursements requests to DOLA for the Daniel’s Fund.

Adamson presented a contract amendment for the extension request from DOLA.  McLoud moved and Oswald seconded to sign the contract for the extension on the Murdock Project.  Motion carried.

McLoud will begin working on the GOCO grant for electrical repairs, seating and restrooms for the fairgrounds.

LANDFILL: McLoud reported that she and Oswald had attended a regional landfill meeting in Lamar on September 26, 2017. John Swartart with the State’s Rural Policy and Outreach Program was there to gather information to take back to the Governor’s Office. CDPHE has not provided Kiowa County with the depth the test wells need to be drilled and what degree the slope needs to be for the trash. These two requirements will be needed for the beginning of the closure of the Haswell Landfill.

Scott moved and McLoud seconded to sign the CDPHE Access agreement. Motion carried. This agreement allows work to be done on the well in Eads and the beginning steps of the closure of the Haswell landfill. Motion carried.  

Seth Odett and Tammi Clark, with Prowers/Kiowa County Health entered the meeting at 09:34 a.m. to discuss Regulation 43 which is in regards to the septic regulations. Mr. Odett reviewed the current agreement requirements that Kiowa County has. Odett said if there are changes needing to be made to this agreement Public Health would need to have those changes in the near future.

Dr. Lujan, President of Lamar Community College entered the meeting at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the different programs that are being offered at LCC. She exited the meeting at 10:27 a.m.

Dwight Gardner, Regional Director for Senator Bennet’s Office entered the meeting to discuss what concerns the commissioner’s had for the county that he could take back to Senator Bennett’s office. The biggest concerns at this time is the landfill situation and the vague information the county is receiving from CDPHE, CDOT keeping the ditches mowed and how much more traffic there are on the highways.

Mr. Gardner will be using office space in the courthouse for the public to come in and voice concerns that could be taken back to Senator Bennet.

Rick Reed with John Deere entered the meeting at 11:00 a.m. to provide estimates for road graders. Road foremen Rick Spady and Jack Howard entered the meeting to discuss more on the road graders.

Oswald moved and Scott seconded the motion to recess the meeting for lunch at 11:55 a.m. Motion carried. The regular meeting reconvened at 1:05 p.m.

Terry Koehn with Caterpillar entered the meeting to discuss lease quotes on road graders. No decisions were made. Road Foremen Spady and Howard exited the meeting. Mr. Koehn thanked the BOCC for their time and also exited the meeting at 2:00 p.m.

Bud Kern with 21st Century entered the meeting to provide an estimate for a mower tractor. Mr. Kern exited the meeting at 2:40 p.m.

Teresa Witte, Emergency Manager entered meeting at 2:41 p.m. and provided the update for the Towner and Haswell sirens. Witte also provided updates on the current plans that have to be filed thru the state.

Scott would like for the Sheriff’s Office, Fire Dept., Ambulance Dept. and Emergency Manager to meet quarterly with the BOCC, to provide updates.

Steve Hodges with Titan LED and Adam’s Electric entered the meeting to provide an estimate to install LED lighting. The estimate for installation is $37,783 with a cost saving of $529.00 per month. No decision was made.

Planning and Zoning Updates/Solar Regulations: Commissioners will review these regulations on October 5, 2017.

Land use applications and fees were also discussed. No decisions were made.

Meeting Room Use: Oswald moved and Scott seconded the motion to allow the Veteran’s to use the community building and wave the cleaning fee. Motion carried.

Scott moved and McLoud seconded the motion to make the meeting room in the Courthouse basement available for county functions only. Motion carried.

Upcoming Meetings: A review of meetings attended was discussed. Reports were acknowledged and signed.

Time off Requests: One request was made. McLoud moved and Oswald seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Complaint: There was a complaint filed to the commissioners and was requested to be included in the minutes. Scott moved and Oswald seconded the motion to print the letter from Debbie Shivers as Exhibit A. Motion carried. Scott moved and McLoud seconded the motion to accept the letter of response that Administrator Adamson had prepared and consider it as Exhibit B. The letter of response from Adamson will be held in the Commissioner’s Office and available for view by the public, if they so choose.

2018 Health Insurance Enrollment: Oswald moved and McLoud seconded to leave the 2018 enrollment options the same. Motion carried.

Public Health and the Hospital: Chairperson for Kiowa County Hospital District, Pricilla Waggoner had inquired the possibility of taking over Public Health. Scott said that Public Health is to be its own entity and therefore the hospital can not do this.  

Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:00 pm.

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Delisa L. Weeks, County Clerk                        Richard Scott, Chairman