Park County commissioners, seated as the Board of Health, approved public health order 20-01 Jan. 7.

Commissioner Dick Elsner said health orders need renewal every 30 days.

The county order incorporates the newest state order that was approved Jan. 4.

On Jan. 4, the state also moved all counties’ COVID-19 risk factor in the Red Severe risk level to Orange High Risk level. Currently, all but four counties are in the Orange High Risk level. Three are at the Yellow Concern level and one in the Blue Cautious level.

The Orange High Risk level, where Park County has been since before Christmas, allows most, but not all, businesses to operate at 25 percent capacity.

Commissioner Ray Douglas said that the county has seen one new case Jan. 6 and none Jan. 5. He hoped the trend continued.

As of Jan. 11, Park County had a total of 439 COVID-19 cases with 34 active cases. Five cases have resulted in death.

The Jan. 4 state order has 13 appendixes that address restrictions for various business types. A new program called the 5 Star Business Certification Program is in Appendix M.

The program allows businesses that meet standards higher than the county’s current COVID-19 level to operate at the next less restrictive level, according to the state’s website,

In order to use the program, a county must meet five criteria, including establishing an administrative committee to oversee the program. The committee must include members of government and business sectors in the community.

The county must create a budget, members of government and business sectors in the community.

Any business wanting to operate at a less restrictive level must get certified to do so.

An application and an in-person inspection is required for a business to become part of the 5 Star program.

In-person inspections for compliance are also part of the program. Having two violations is cause for being moved out of the program and back to the same risk level as the county.

The commissioners didn’t indicate whether they would apply to operate the 5 Star program in Park County.

Douglas noted that it had costs associated with it, such as inspectors to monitor businesses in the program.


A liquor license ownership transfer for Delwood Square Liquors, Inc. was postponed. The liquor transfer request will be heard Jan. 21.

Two land use cases, a Garo plat amendment and a rezoning from mining to residential on County Road 14 northwest of Fairplay were also postponed. No date was set to hear the land use cases.


Vouchers in the amount of $127,269 were approved for payment.

Four funds contributed to most of the expenditures. They were the general fund at $75,111, fleet fund at $25,303, public works at $13,354 and human services at $6,803.

The sales tax fund spent $2,582. The remaining $1,100 was spent in varying amounts by the conservation trust, grant and self insurance funds.

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