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By Randi Pierce
The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners made two moves at its Nov. 8 meeting to deal with the departure of County Administrator Greg Schulte, who tendered his resignation effective Nov. 16.
The board officially appointed County Attorney Todd Starr to the position of interim county administrator during the meeting, as well as designating Finance Director Diane Sorensen as the county’s budget officer.
Starr will serve as interim administrator beginning at 5:01 p.m. Nov. 16, and will continue until a permanent replacement is hired. Starr will be compensated for the additional duties with an additional $3,000 per month.
Commissioner Steve Wadley spoke of a board consensus to not rush into finding Schulte’s replacement, but to have current county staff take on additional duties while a recruitment is carried out.
Commissioner Michael Whiting echoed the sentiment, stating the desire for an interim administrator to not have a large learning curve to contend with, also noting that it was a common practice for county attorneys to take on interim roles.
“We have great … gratitude to Greg Schulte,” Commissioner Clifford Lucero said, calling it, “fortunate” that someone was willing and able to step into the role.
Starr followed by stating his appreciation for the trust given to him and Sorensen and noted that he would fill Schulte’s duties, but not his shoes.
In other news at the meeting:
• The board approved the continuation of a contract between the Department of Human Services and The Training Advantage in the amount of $191,160.
The contract allows The Training Advantage to provide several programs related to employment services and intensive case management for participants in the Pathway to Fatherhood program.
Programs to continue under the contract include conducting and interpreting work readiness and basic skills assessments, identifying barriers to employment, assisting with and interpreting career exploration materials, developing individual employment plans, providing career and occupational guidance, assisting clients with job searches and employment placement, teaching “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World” budget workshops, and facilitating a weekly fathers’ support group.
Lucero called the partnership a, “major asset to our community.”
• The BoCC approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Chaffee County, Ouray County and the Town of Pagosa Springs to develop 1041 (dubbed such after House Bill 74-1041) regulations, which allow counties to maintain control over development in areas of statewide interest (such as geothermal development).
The MoU allows Chaffee County, the fiscal agent for the project, to expend funds received by the partnership from the Department of Local Affairs to have regulations drafted.
The funding, from the Colorado Heritage Planning grant (CHPG) through DoLA, will provide up to $11,750 to aid the development of the regulations, which are anticipated to be a model for counties and municipalities statewide.
To develop those regulations, Chaffee County, on behalf of the partnership, will contract attorney Barbara Green of Sullivan Green Seavy, LLC.
The consulting contract will be for a total of $23,500, which includes the $11,750 grant and matches by the four partnering agencies of $2,937.50, according to grant documentation.
• The commissioners approved Colorado Rock and Dirt Excavation to be on an on-call list to augment airport snow removal if and when needed during the upcoming winter season.
The county purchased snow removal equipment specifically for the airport over the last year, and arranged for county insurance to cover outside individuals from an on-call company to operate county equipment after being trained in its use.
The county currently employs one maintenance person at the airport.