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Mrs. Carnahan celebrates her 99th birthday

Elbert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met for a regularly scheduled meeting this July 14, 2010. The diverse agenda included celebration of a birh, recognition of Comanche Creek Vet Clinic rabies assistance to the community, presentation of a fine art print to the BOCC from Jeff Struthers Photography and various announcements.

Following the regular agenda items, Mrs. Carnahan was asked to sit at Commissioner Shipper's chair.  Ninety-nine years young and still keeping her son in check!  Smiles and applause all around the room as Mrs. Carnahan used the gavel (pictured above).

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L to R: Commissioner Hope Goetz, Dr. Clinton Kinsell and Commissioner John Shipper

Dr. Clinton Kinsell (pictured right) from Comanche Creek Vet Clinic accepted recognition from the BOCC for services to the community relating to the rabies outbreak. 

Elbert County Enterprise Authority Director, Craig Curl introduced noted Elbert County photographer, Jeff Struthers who has opened a gallery in the D&NO Section house in Elizabeth.  Mr. Struthers presented the BOCC with a fine art print of one of his images.

Also in attendance were the 2010 Elbert County Fair Queen Emily Cole and Princess Ashely Bailer (pictured below).  Both girls spoke to the Commissioners and the audience about their experience representing the Fair and the County and promoted the upcoming Fair, which starts on July 31 at the Fairgrounds in Kiowa.

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  Princess Ashley Bailer (L) and Queen Emily Cole
 

During the meeting, it was announced that there would be a road speed change on the Kiowa/Bennett road, generally increasing the speed limit by as much as 10mph in some places.  New speed limit signs will be put in place toward the end of July.

Other "road news" was the announcement that County Road 13, from Hwy 86 at Casey Jones Park up to Bonnie Ridge (approximately 1 mile) will be paved.  This coincides with the paving of sections of Casey Jones Park.  This will improve access for many visitors to Casey Jones for events such as the Elizabeth Stampede and the recent Celtic Festival.

The meeting closed on a less-than-positive note.  The BOCC provided a brief update on the relocation of the 911 dispatch center to Douglas County.  Two press releases were read into the record.  The first on behalf of the newly formed Elbert County Communications Authority (ECCA), which consists of 10 agencies - 3 towns and all 7 fire protection districts covering Elbert County spoke to the progress in moving the 9-1-1 communications center to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.  Electing not to join the ECCA at this time are the Elbert County Sheriff's Office and the BOCC.  The ECCA has been outlining all the efforts necessary to ensure a smooth transition and then ongoing function of the Douglas County Dispatch for Elbert County citizens.

The second release, read into the record by Commissioner Shipper appeared to indicate that "all is not well in Elbert County dispatch-land".  The release, which included:


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.... the Board of County Commissioners acknowledge that Elbert County already has a communications authority in place, the Emergency Telephone Service Authority.  The rumor is that such Authority may have been administratively dissolved and funds and assets of such Authority may have been transferred.   As a party to the Intergovernmental Agreement which established the Emergency Telephone Service Authority, the Board of County Commissioners is not currently aware of any specific action taken by any other party member to legally dissolve the Authority, but such issue needs to be investigated.

The release went on to acknowledge the BOCC's awareness of Colorado statutes allowing for the imposition of an emergency telephone service charge on all telephone lines in Elbert County. 


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....the Board of County Commissioners is aware that certain fire protection districts and municipalities may be in the process of assessing their own emergency telephone service charges. 


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During the May 26, Board of County Commissioner meeting, the Board referenced that approximately 78% of the calls that the dispatch center currently handles are for the Sheriff’s Office.  As such, an equitable way of splitting any funds collected from emergency telephone service charges among the Sheriff’s Office, the towns and the fire protection districts will need to be addressed to ensure that resources earmarked for dispatch and emergency communication services are fair for all entities and to the citizens of Elbert County.


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The Board of County Commissioners further understands that matters relating to emergency telephone service charges are regulated by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and that such matters relating to tariffs and charges to various communication service providers are generally addressed through Qwest Communications.

While most in the room were rather tight-lipped about the situation, it would appear that there is a lack of agreement around collection and dispursement of funds to pay for the emergency dispatch and we were left to assume that more was coming on this topic.

We just have confirmation of some late-breaking news for Elbert County -  April Hoyt Budget Manager for the County tendered her resignation on July 21st effective immediately. 

Comments

  • ERB 4 years ago

    So the Commish say all is not well in Elbert County...what a surprise....espec when the county Assessor's home and office were served with search warrents by the 18th Judicial...and she is 'supposedly' under investigation and according to her it's all rumors...yeah search warrants are issued everyday to law abiding citizens...and what about the hostile environment complaint filed against her 5/5 that the commish have done NOTHING about...oh yeah Elbert is in trouble

  • Denny 4 years ago

    I guess I need to take time off from work so I can attend one of these meetings. Sounds like they might be entertaining if not productive. I've had my doubts about Elbert County ever since moving into it 10 years ago (big mistake).

  • SGF 4 years ago

    BEFORE THERE IS A RUSH TO JUDGEMENT, REMEMBER THAT "PERCEPTION IS NOT REALITY". THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO EVERY SITUATION AND WE NEED TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT THE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERS ... RE: COUNTY ASSESSOR SITUATION.

    I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT THE COUNTY'S BUDGET MANAGER HAS TENDERED HER RESIGNATION ... EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. JUST WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE COUNTY'S FINANCES AND THOSE WHO ARE HIRED
    TO OVERSEE THE MONIES???