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Lucero to remain as chair of BoCC

Somewhat adjusting meeting times and disposing with a number of beginning of the year housekeeping items, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners made quick work of a lengthy agenda Tuesday afternoon.

The BoCC will continue to meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 1:30 p.m., with the change that the first Tuesday on a quarterly basis — April 5, July 5 and Oct. 4 — would see meetings held at 5:30 p.m. to allow for increased attendance from county residents who would otherwise be unable to attend any BoCC meetings.

Also in keeping with tradition, any fifth Tuesday, minus November, will be the dates of public forums, with the May 29 forum at the Ross Aragon Community Center, the May 31 forum in Chromo and the Aug. 31 forum in Arboles. All forums will be held at 6 p.m.

Despite discussion last year of returning to a format of alternating the board’s chair each year (former Commissioner Bob Moomaw had served as chair for a number years during the county’s financial crisis before passing the duty to Clifford Lucero in 2010), Lucero will again serve as chair of the board in 2011.

Commissioner John Ranson commended Lucero’s work at rebuilding relationships with the BoCC in the community before saying, “I would rather you stay as chair and carry the momentum on.”

New Commissioner Michael Whiting also agreed that keeping a steady hand on the tiller was best for the board.

Among others, some of the housekeeping decisions made were:

• The board designated seven financial institutions as depositories for county funds.

• The commissioners divvied up appointments for various local and regional boards and committees.

• Office Depot was awarded the county’s office supply contract for the year with a bid 25 percent lower than the competition, even with a 10-percent local preference applied.

Staples, who held the contract in 2010, did not submit a bid for 2011.

• The board approved accepting two grants from the Colorado Department of Transportation that will benefit Mountain Express.

One grant gives the transportation system $38,307, paired with a $27,374 match. The second grant, new to the county this year, provides the county with $62,350 and is paired with a 50-percent match. The matches were budgeted for 2011.

• Minor changes to the fee schedule were approved, including tiered subscriptions to the image upload database within the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, which serves title companies, lawyers and more.

The next regular BoCC meeting will be held Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the court house.

randi@pagosasun.com