County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Bruce Hovde, and county administrator Robbie LeValley met in work session July 27 to hear updates from county staff on current and future projects.
Jim Snyder prompted a discussion among the commissioners, county administrator and himself regarding pictometry, which enables seeing fixed objects on the land from different angles. Pictometry is created by cameras in an airplane taking pictures looking straight down and from oblique, or inclined, views of the land as well. It results in sharper images. As small an area of one foot of an area can be scrutinized. Pictometry provides six-inch resolution or better.
The program comes with a viewer.
"It's powerful, but simple," Snyder said. "It's like surveying -- you collect the data, "x" and "y" in 2-D, but you add a "z" value through the height above ground.
"It can pinpoint within three inches of where you are on earth."
Snyder and LeValley noted the program will be a great tool for county assessor Debbie Griffith because it will enable the appraisers to locate the many structures built in the county which are never reported because the county has no building permit system. It will be a revenue generator.
Both said it will be helpful to road and bridge and engineering as well as GIS.
LeValley said the current system GIS uses is six years old. The county budgeted for updates in 2015. Pictometry will interface with technology the county owns now.
Snyder said the photographing could be done in the spring of 2016 before the leaves are on the trees, or in the fall when the leaves have fallen.
LeValley said the company provides a free license for demonstration. With the commissioners expressing interest in seeing the demonstration, Snyder said he would schedule it for the next work session with the commissioners.
Buildings and Grounds
Skip Slaughter reported everything will be ready to go for the sale at the rodeo grounds on Aug. 8. "Heritage Hall is okay, lights are working at the rodeo grounds, the sound system is functioning really well and the park is looking a lot better."
The new bathrooms will be cleaned. Commissioner Roeber confirmed that the mosquito control people have been working there every day. Fly string tapes have been taped up to help control the fly problem. There will be a six-person crew on duty.
Slaughter is working with City of Delta public works director Steve Glammeyer in connection with the impact on the courthouse and jail of the city's storm sewer project in the area from Wells Fargo Bank to the alley. The impact of blowback of water on the jail and courthouse when the water is shut off will be problematic.
Smoke detectors in the jail have been located in appropriate places to cover 10 doors, with the affected door opening wide if smoke triggers a detector. City of Delta building inspector Dan Reardon will come Wednesday morning to inspect the smoke detectors.
Bob Basher said a culvert inventory will be started next week in Peach Valley with equipment borrowed from the city.
He said, "The bid document for the jet fuel tank for Blake Field is out. We will bring you three bids to look at. The double-wall tank will be set on a concrete electrical pad that meets state and FAA requirements."
The water tap, water meter and shutoff valve for fighting fires at Blake Field is installed, with concrete to hold the shutoff valve in place. Basher will talk with Skip Slaughter about the date for the service to start. The $1,700 tap fee was waived by the city.
A veterinarian from California will be building an 80´ by 80´ hangar in the area.
A utility line has been staked at the Paonia Airport for the next hangar there. The road was paved to the Paonia Airport Monday.
Bob Kalenak distributed copies of maps of upcoming traffic studies on E Road, Ash Mesa Road and D25 Road; on Park Drive and S. 4th Street to measure activity at the fairgrounds; on 5th Street in Paonia; on B Road; and on G/G50 Road. He responded to commissioners' inquiries about specific locations.
Kalenak presented a map for a 5k run being planned by Dave Knutson for the Mountain Harvest Festival. Fifty runners are expected.
Lisa Tafoya compared foreclosures in July 2014 to those in July 2015. There were seven foreclosures in July 2014 and in July 2015 there are 11 with six pending.
The County Board of Equalization (the three commissioners) has appointed a hearing officer who is hearing the appeals of property owners who disagree with the assessments on their property which determines what property tax they will pay. After the hearings have concluded, the commissioners will review the hearing officer's decisions and finalize the assessments. Griffith said there are 21 total appeals. Seventeen are being appealed; four were stipulated by the assessor.
Staff members from the Department of Health and Human Services made detailed reports on the goals set by the Colorado Department of Human Services for the economic security, safety and well-being of those receiving services under the many programs of each county in Colorado. An article concerning those reports will be presented in a later edition of the DCI.
Paonia Elementary School second grade teacher Jodi Simpson is passionate about pedagogy. She understands that the important things kids learn in school isn't accomplished through testing, but by experiencing life and all its wonders.