During the Board of County Commissioners' annual reorganization meeting, District #3 commissioner Olen Lund was named by his colleagues to serve as commission chair during 2012.
District #1 commissioner Doug Atchley will serve as co-chair.
This will be Lund's final year in office. He is finishing his second term and will be term limited following the November general election.
The BoCC schedules its regular meetings on the first and third Monday of each month with exceptions made for holidays.
In other business at their Jan. 9 regular meeting, the BoCC dealt with the following matters:
• The board approved drafting a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper supporting the Colorado Roadless Rule initiative and urging him to move forward with it.
• Commissioners approved spending $28,800 prior to the normal April start date for approved county department capital spending. Most property tax receipts are in by April and so the county administration delays budgeted capital spending in general fund departments until after that date.
Commissioners okayed a $7,800 pay out for a new map-making plotter in the geographic information systems department. Also approved was a $21,000 software upgrade that will be used by GIS and the county's emergency dispatch center.
• County emergency manager Rob Fiedler reported snowpack levels in the 50 percent range of average for this time of year. Fiedler also reported that available grant money will provide hand-held communications radios for Hotchkiss, Crawford, and the county Search and Rescue squad — 10 radios total.
Fiedler also surprised commissioners with a report that the dispatch center base station might require updating in 2014 at a cost of up to $3 million.
• Commissioners discussed scheduling a work session to consider the county's comments on a planned BLM mineral lease sale including parcels in Delta and Gunnison counties.
• The board acknowledged receipt of a notice and request for comment from the Town of Paonia on the proposed annexation of the McGavin addition.
• The BoCC acknowledged receipt of a request for comment from the Bureau of Land Management on the proposed south Canal hydropower project in Montrose county.
• Commissioners received a Region 10 Gunnison Valley transportation newsletter advising of available grants through the National Endowment for the Arts.blog comments powered by Disqus