Park County’s Board of County Commissioners extended COVID restrictions until Sept. 6 by adopting County Public Health Order 20-05. The order was approved Aug. 6.

The amended order states it was necessary because the previous order was due to expire.

Commissioner Dick Elsner said it incorporates all state public health orders that weren’t in effect when the previous county, order 20-04, was adopted.

The county order highly recommends residents follow all state orders

The county 20-05 order does not list specific state restrictions, but refers the reader to previous orders, the county’s suppression plan and all governor and state public health orders.

The county order does specifically say that residents should stay away from others except for current house members and at-risk persons should stay at home.

It also states that residents should use public lands in a manner that will not require emergency services to respond. With limited personnel, emergency service may not respond timely or at all, depending on call volume.

Elsner said by incorporating all state orders, face coverings are required in all public indoor spaces, as is staying at least six feet apart when outdoors. If six feet can’t be maintained, face coverings are required outdoors.

It was also stated that bars must comply with not serving alcohol after 10 p.m.

“We do this to protect our state funding,” Commissioner Ray Douglas said.

Federal Prisoners

A contract with United States Marshall’s Office was signed to accept federal prisoners at the Park County Detention Center.

Up to 30 men and 30 women may be sent to the jail, for a total at any one time of 60 federal prisoners. Per diem rate is $60, an increase from $45. Any transportation costs will be paid at the IRS mileage rate. In-house medical services will be paid by the county and any medical services outside the facility will be covered by the federal government.

Any need for guards outside the facility, such as transportation to court and during supervision while in court, will be paid at $31 per hour. The contract required a minimum of two guards when outside the facility.

A contract to provide mental health services at the jail was signed with Colorado Department of Human Services. Substance abuse services are part of the contract.

The annual contract is based on reimbursing actual expenses of up to $197,265: $74,600 for substance abuse treatment and $122,665 for mental/behavior health treatment.

Necessary substance abuse and behavioral health drugs are separately covered and not a part of the dollars for treatment in the preceding paragraph.

Training and continuing education for jail employees may account for 10 percent of total budget. Another 10 percent of the total may be for indirect expenses.

Mileage for treatment purposes is the current federal standard of $0.58 per mile.

Board appointments

The board of adjustments is a required board to hear cases asking for setback variances from the land use regulations. It requires five members and two alternate members. No alternates are currently on the board, according to a letter from Sheila Cross, development services director.

Garrison Genschorck recently applied. The commissioners appointed Genschorck as an alternate board of adjustment member.

The county board of appeals is a required board to hear variances to the building code. It requires four members. Currently two vacancies exist.

Genschorck and Lance Rosseto were appointed as members.

Both men own building companies and have built in the county for at least 20 years.

Property value appeals

The commissioners denied four property value appeals July 30.

The appeals were heard by Betty Clark-Wine, a qualified hearing officer for appeals to the assessor’s property valuations.

Clark-Wine recommended denying all four.

The Flume requested a copy of the appeals and recommendations from the assessor’s office July 30.

The county attorney was asked if the information could be released to the public.

County Attorney Erin Smith said yes, the written documents were public information and could be released.

As of Aug. 10, the assessor’s office has not released the documents to The Flume.


Vouchers authorized for payment on Aug. 8 totaled $373,860. Numbers were rounded. The grant fund spent $201,800.

The general fund spent $103,000, including rent for the district attorney’s offices.

The next highest two were conservation trust fund at $30,600 and public works at $22,300.

The sheriff’s seizure fund spent $7,000 and the fleet services spent $5,600. The land and water trust fund spent $2,100.

The remaining $1,500 was spent between human services, at about $800, and E-911 at about $700.

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