May 10, 2022
May 10, 2022
Commissioners Scott Miller, Scott Blain, and Bill Bullock; and Administrative Officer Angela Newell were present.
8:30 Pledge of Allegiance.
8:45 Blain moved to appoint Daryl Grove as the FFA representative to the CC Fair Board; Miller seconded; motion carried.
9:00 Cindy Donohoe and *** Cattle Women and Geospatial Information Systems Coordinator / Fire Warden Tom Kohley met with Commissioners regarding the review of Resolution 2005-20 Code of the New West as it Applies to Carbon County. Cattleman liked the document and wanted to make an abbreviated/updated document to try and circulate to new residents. Bullock agreed to the importance of the document and noted the increased expectations that they have seen from new residents. Kohley noted 30% of address assignments last year were to people from out of state; noted the mailings that he does for addressing could easily include a “welcome” packet that includes Code of the West. Donohoe would like to get information out to individuals as they are looking to purchase property; it was suggested the document could be provided to real-estate agents. Miller noted the Code is a heritage document; Blain noted the purpose of the Code could be lost if too much regulatory language is added.
10:00 Election Administrator Crystal Roascio met with Commissioners for the Special District Election Canvas. Roascio presented canvases (attached):
Blain moved to accept Special District Election Canvas’ as presented; Bullock seconded; motion carried.
Bullock moved to appoint Mark Huller to Bridger Fire District as his letter of interest was received after the close of candidate filing; Miller seconded; motion carried.
10:30 Sanitarian Barbara Krizek, Contract Planner Forrest Mandeville, Sheriff Josh McQuillan, and County Attorney Alex Nixon met with Commissioners to discuss a petition received (attached) from residents of Edgar Acres regarding litter and sanitary concerns. Krizek stated some of the signers have stopped into her office this winter; Blain has also been contacted by a number of the signers. Krizek noted she and her staff have done research and were unable to find many permits in the area. McQuillan noted his office has received a number of complaints, but no formal written complaints. McQuillan noted his work detail hauled 5 yards of litter from the area in the last month, but it is very hard to determine where the garbage is originating except that it is coming from up the hill. Nixon noted the history of lack of enforcement for campers, storage sheds, quasi event centers, and defacto subsequent subdivisions make initiating enforcement difficult. Nixon noted a formal complaint needs to be filed under the Junk Ordinance to initiate action for litter. Krizek noted on the septic side most properties are over 20 acres and would be the County’s responsibility to enforce. McQuillan noted in his conversations, complainants have not been able to pinpoint a specific issue. McQuillan noted other jurisdictions that he has consulted with require a similar complaint process. Nixon noted there are two issues, one where people are not maintaining their property in a manner that allows for junk and litter to blow off the property, the other issue is formal littering. Discussion about a Sheriff’s Deputy accompanying for site inspections and investigations. Nixon noted inspections could be initiated by mail or a site visit with law enforcement. Nixon also noted written inquiry could be made regarding complaint and request the property owner provide the documentation to substantiate their compliance. Mandeville agreed that initial investigation could be done via certified mail and follow with site visits if not responsive. Mandeville agreed that formal complaint should be initiated.
Nixon emphasized the need for a formal complaint to the appropriate department, not a petition to the commissioners. Discussion about compliance of camping and events at Western Ranch Estates. Mandeville noted the development probably qualifies as a non-permitted minor subdivision or RV park. Commissioners requested Mandeville initiate enforcement action. Krizek asked about E. Pryor issue, Krizek and McQuillan will use petition as initial complaint document.
11:20 Public Health Coordinator Erin Cross met with Commissioners for her monthly update. Cross reviewed her report (attached). Discussed application for Community Health Worker Grant; no cash match required, but there is some required training but other deliverables are already being met by department. $55,631/yr. for two years.
Respectfully submitted: Angela Newell, Administrative Officer