OURAY – In approving a plat amendment to Ponderosa Village Lot 35, the Ouray Board of County Commissioners learned on Monday that a structure in the area had been built partially on the wrong piece of land.
“As I understand it and looking at the plat and the proposed amended plat, the current property line goes straight through the structure,” Commissioner Keith Meinert said. “How did that happen that the structure was built outside [the property line]?”
County Planner Mark Castrodale said he didn’t know the history of the particular structure in question other than that Lot 35 was carved out of a larger parcel owned by the Chambers.
The board approved the plat amendment, which basically transferred .17 acres of land from the Chambers’ lot to the NuVista lot. Meinert said he was happy the situation was being “amicably cleared up.”
But the application sparked a larger discussion on the county’s review process, and the commissioners’ limited understanding of it.
Earlier in the meeting, Commissioner Lynn Padgett suggested some displeasure in a prior approval with the final plat/development plan of a Cornerstone parcel. Many of the blueprints and mapping of the plat, she said, were confusing and possibly inaccurate.
“I really don’t think we are with state standards,” Padgett said. “I hope that you would agree that our standards need to be clear and consistent with the PUD process.”
The commissioners generally agreed to participate in a workshop to make sure the county is compliant with standards.
“I agree that a workshop would be helpful,” Meinert said. “Like other educational issues, plat drawing 101 would not be a bad exercise. We know just enough to be dangerous.” He added that he is “going to be very difficult to deal with if they build first and ask for forgiveness later” in the instance of a structure being built in the wrong way or in the wrong place.
“I am aware of other instances when things are not in compliance,” Commissioner Heidi Albritton said. “There are things the county can do to assert its authority and in many ways it has rung very hollow in past years.”
County Paying Higher Price for Mag Chloride
The price for a gallon of magnesium chloride has increased more than $.10, but with little explanation as to why.
The Ouray Board of County Commissioners approved an amended agreement with EnviroTech Services, Inc. on Monday for the delivery of magnesium chloride at a higher price than previously agreed upon. In March of 2007, the cost for magnesium chloride to the county was $0.4099 per gallon. The amended agreement states a price of $0.51 per gallon.
It was unclear on Monday what effect the price increase would have on the county’s budget, and why the price had increased. Commissioner Keith Meinert said he hoped County Administrator Connie Hunt and Road and Bridge Supervisor Chris Miller could find out the answers.
Renewable Energy Incentive Plan Tabled
A resolution providing incentives for using renewable energy fixtures and products needs more work, the Ouray Board of County Commissioners decided on Monday.
The incentive plan, as written, would provide either a credit or make exempt the county sales tax of 2 percent to anyone purchasing renewable energy equipment, but doesn’t define what equipment qualifies and limits the incentives to unincorporated areas of the county.
“Why did we make that limitation?” Commissioner Keith Meinert asked about the language of the resolution before him. “Would it not be appropriate to extend the waiver of county sales tax” to all areas of the county?
Commissioner Lynn Padgett agreed. “I think we should encourage this county wide,” she said, adding that having a “rebate instead of a credit would add bureaucracy and staff time and cost.”
After a lengthy discussion, the commissioners moved to table the resolution to their March 23 meeting.