Kiowa County Commissioners Meeting Minutes - October 25

Kiowa County Courthouse
Published Saturday, November 19, 2016

The regular Kiowa County Commissioner's Meeting was called to order on October 25, 2016 at 9:00a.m. by Chairman Richard Scott. Scott opened the meeting with prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. Those in Attendance were:

Richard Scott, Chairman

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.

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

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


Adamson had contacted the State in regards to an asbestos waiver for the Rialto demolition. They said this process could take up to 90 days to receive waiver approval.

Railroad Update: On September 27, 2016 KCVN and CPRR submitted their reply to the V&S's comments on the feeder line. This reply responded to all of V&S's objections to the application, and included a revised net liquidation value of around $7 million. The matter is now set before the STB (Surface Transportation Board) for decision. The STB will be making the determination of the value of the line.

Raelynn Riley entered the meeting at 09:22 a.m.

Riley questioned what the Commissioner's duties were. Scott explained how the Commissioner's make decisions over the budget for each county entity. He explained how they make the policy and procedures for the county and how they oversee the Road and Bridge Department.

Riley also asked what the correct procedure was to try to get an ordinance for transients coming through town. Riley was told she would need to contact the town of Eads in regards to a city ordinance. After discussion Scott said Adamson would contact the county attorney and question the legalities of transients.

Riley also asked about the conduct portion of the policy and procedures for a volunteered position. After receiving the information Riley thanked the BOCC for their time and exited the meeting at 09:50 a.m.

Events Update: Adamson said she had not received the final numbers for the Oktoberfest and she wanted to remind the commissioners that there will be a Veteran's program at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 2016. There will be a potluck luncheon at the program.

Fire District Update: Adamson had spoke with Ron Farmer, the County Auditor in regards to the County donating to the Fire District if it is passed. Farmer said this is legal and that donations would be a great way to help start the fire district.

Marijuana Ordinance: Adamson reported that Shinn recommended that the Sheriff contact the other Sheriffs' in the 15th Judicial District and see if they could come up with an ordinance that would work for the whole 15th Judicial District. The Commissioners will speak with the Sheriff and suggest this to him.

The corrections and additions to the Fair Board By-laws & Resolutions were reviewed.  Adamson will forward the two changes the Commissioners want added to the By-Laws for the fair board to review.

The Wildland Fire Contract with CPW was reviewed. Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to sign the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Colorado Department of Natural Resource and Kiowa County for Cooperative Wildfire Protection. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.

Alexa Roberts and Janet Frederick with the National Park service entered the meeting at 10:30 a.m. to discuss a task agreement with the county. The National Park Service would like to hire Belinda Zink, Architect as the project manager. She will do the sketching and draw work for the plans for the Visitor Site located on Maine Street.  Belinda will need to speak with the mechanical and electrical engineers before placing a proposal to NPS. The NPS will be continuously working with the Commissioner's office to keep them informed.  

OLD BUSINESS: Reports were reviewed and signed.

Emergency Manager, Teresa Witte had traveled to Pueblo County to work in the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) for the Junkin Fire near Westcliffe. State Regional Field Manager, Riley Frazee requested Witte's assistance on the fire. Witte said the experience was very beneficial to her job.

Oswald moved and Scott seconded the motion to recess for lunch at 11:55 a.m. All Commissioners voted Affirmative. The meeting reconvened at 1:00 p.m.

Dennis Pearson, Director of Department of Social Services, entered the meeting to provide updates. He reported the carpet had been installed in the upstairs portion of the Social Services office. Pearson reported one individual did graduate from the GED program.

Two vouchers from Social Services were questioned and clarified. Pearson exited the meeting at 1:50 p.m.

Chairman Richard Scott excused himself from the meeting at 3:00 p.m. Oswald took over the meeting as acting Chairman of the Board.

The three road foremen, Rick Spady, Jack Howard and Allen Watts entered the meeting to review applications and review the 2017 budget. Oswald asked the foremen to obtain price quotes on mowers and they would review at the next meeting,

Adamson will advertise the job openings for the Road and Bridge Department.


Insurance options were discussed. McLoud moved and Oswald seconded the motion to stay with the 5 options the county currently had. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.

The USDA Wildlife Services Contract will be reviewed at a later date.

The Landfill Groundwater Waiver Policy was reviewed and the request for process has begun.

The County will be accepting applications for the Administrative Assistant Position until October 31, 2016. Adamson asked if it be possible to hire Krissy Ray to help train the new employee hired as the Administrative Assistant. The commissioners agreed Ray would be reimbursed for training the new employee.   

The next regular Commissioner's meeting will be November 15, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

With no other line items to be discussed Oswald moved and McLoud seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:00 p.m. All Commissioners voted Affirmative.

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County Clerk                                                   Chairman of the Board