HIGHLIGHTS, Oct. 1, 2018, County Commissioner meeting

• Elyse Casselberry, Director of Community and Economic Development, asked commissioners to review proposed timelines, responsibilities and a fee schedule for the county’s land-use code rewrite. The total estimated price tag is $174,000, more than half of which would go toward legal service fees. RPI Consulting from Durango submitted the bid and would subcontract some of the work. RPI and Del Corazon Marketing were the predominate contractors used during the recent update of the county’s Master Plan. If RPI’s bid is accepted, attorney Todd Messenger, with the law firm Fairfield and Woods, will assist the county with the legalities around codes and code writing, and, according to Casselberry, Messenger has a lot of recent experience in this area of law. READ THE PROJECT BUDGET AND SCOPE PROPOSAL
• Commissioners passed a resolution opposing Proposition 112: Setback Requirements for Oil and Gas Development. They cited gubernatorial candidate opposition; negative economic impacts and job loss; and loss of local control as reasons to oppose the proposition. Constituent Mary Smith questioned some of the data in the resolution during constituent time and told commissioners “Supporting fossil fuel extraction is not in our best interest” when considering its global climate impact.
• Commissioner Atchley proposed changing constituent time from 9:00am to 8:45am so that residents could address agenda items under consideration before the commissioners conduct business. No decision was made.
• The Board of Realtors and The Nature Connection asked to reschedule their presentations to the next commissioner meeting.