Elbert County Under the Radar    "In times of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

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Irresponsible, Unrealistic, Naive, Petulant, Childish, Vindictive, Prejudiced, Bigoted, Racist, Islamophobic, Anti-Semitic, Misogynistic, Fascistic, Authoritarian, Insensitive, Erratic, Disturbed, Irrational, Inhuman Individual

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Lawsuit charging rape resurfaces showing a historical pattern of bad behavior
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The WAC (Water Advisory Committee)

The WAC (Water Advisory Committee) provided one of their most useful and informative sessions to date on 10/5 at the Elizabeth Library. Hamacher Well Works from Simla, CO made a presentation addressing several areas of concern that apply to folks who rely on private or community owned wells:

- well permitting procedures
- new state regulations (effective 9/1/16) concerning water wells
- well drilling procedures
- specific questions regarding pumps, pressure tanks, drilling wells deeper, casings, various costs for drilling, maintenance issues, etc.
- Denver Basin Aquifer questions about most suitable aquifers for residential wells, permeability of layers between aquifers, water table levels, future water supplies in various areas of EC

A wealth of valuable information was presented. The public is invited to call Hamacher Well Works at 719-541-2460 for specific questions. They indicated a willingness to answer any questions folks might have about their specific wells.
Thanks to the WAC for their continuing efforts to keep the citizens updated on water issues in the county.

Jill Duvall

Some Problems with "Group Think"

Group Think is one facet of the leadership problem in Elbert County government. Add, "We don't speak ill publicly about our own kind", and you have the recipe for corruption, deterioration, and destruction.

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Donald Charobee Running for District 2

The Democrats have put forth a "scary-qualified"candidate to replace Kelly Dore as EC Commissioner for District 2. Donald Charobee worked 35 years as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for US Department of Homeland Security Investigations and US Customs Service.

"Worked a wide variety of criminal investigations where I was responsible for the identification and arrest of East Bloc intelligence operatives: investigations involving product, safety military armament systems, child pornography, narcotics smuggling, trade fraud, white collar and financial crime, intellectual property rights and internal investigations."

He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Member of the Executive Board of the Colorado Chapter ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists). Considering all of the financial shenanigans and influence irregularities that have gone on over the last ten years in the Elbert County's Government, Charobee could have a real positive effect over the same ol same ol Kurt Schlegel/water barons influences once again mindlessly put forth by the Republicans.

Zombie Apocalypse, Poll Watching and Voter Fraud
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Despite a recent televised report that dead people were voting in Colorado, our state is actually recognized as having one of the most secure voting systems in the United States. So how did this report of political activism within the community of the dearly departed occur?

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Elbert County Citizens’ Zone - The Bipartisan Meeting is Happening!
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“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension—a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You've just crossed over into the Elbert County Citizens’ Zone.”

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BOCC meeting summary 10/12/16:

Agenda and consent agenda approved as presented.
Department head reports:
- County clerk Dallas Schroeder stated that he had spoken with other department heads about a recent citizen's proposal for a budget oversight committee. He then proceeded to negatively attack the positive proposal this citizen had presented at a previous BOCC meeting, stating that many of the items in the proposal were false and opinionated.
- County Manager Ed Ehmann reported on the recent fires; all are under control.

Public comment: - Rick Brown asked why the county clerk was making a rebuttal to a citizen's presentation when the citizen was not present to respond to the comments; he also suggested that the commissioners adopt a policy/protocol for citizen presentations that are allowed to exceed 3 minutes.

- Paula Wilderman raised the issue of why BOCC minutes are so late getting up on the website. Still no minutes from the 11/18/15 meeting and only 10 sets of minutes for the last 24 meetings have been posted. She offered to pay to have the November minutes professionally transcribed; no response from commissioners and no minutes to date. She stated that it was disrespectful to the citizens for the county clerk to be so derelict in performing duties that our taxes are paying for.

- Jill Duvall spoke about the clerk having time (in the last 2 weeks) to do the research and prepare a presentation critical of a citizen's proposal but can't seem to find the time to get the minutes of BOCC meetings completed. It is his statutory duty to post these minutes on a timely basis, yet some are almost a year past.

US Geological Service report:
USGS employee who has been doing the monitoring for 30 wells in the county gave a report on his work to date - full report is to be posted on county website. Because of wet year last year, June water levels were higher than in previous years, so predictions are difficult to make until another year of monitoring. The state does well monitoring in all counties; the Department of Water Resources has the most recent information.

New business:
1) - Lease renewal in Pines Park (30 acres across from CJ Park, owned by county) requested by residents of this neighborhood; county attorney has forwarded lease to commissioners for review
2) - Resolution passed certifying costs of prosecuting crimes alleged to have been committed by persons in custody of CO Dept of Corrections (approximately $175.00)

3) - Public hearing on Quail Hills rezone and minor residential development. Rezone from A to AR. Total of 81 acres to be divided into 7 lots. Between CR5 and CR 154. Will have individual wells and septics. Approved by Planning Commission in September. Approved by BOCC.
4) - Receipt of 2017 proposed/draft budget. Ed Ehmann said the budget is not yet on the website, but it will be. Nov. 16 public hearing on budget. Commissioner Willcox asked for variance reports to be put up on website.
5) - Commissioners unanimously agreed to employ outside counsel Nathan, Dumm and Mayer regarding an employment matter. Commissioner Willcox enumerated several reasons for the decision to switch to another attorney (after using Attorney Steve Larson up to this point on this issue).

A study session with the WAC was held; commissioners also went into executive session for attorney-client privileged communication with outside counsel related to an employee issue.

Jill Duvall

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I borrowed this phrase from an acquaintance regarding the practice of the Elbert County Republican Party of picking a similar type of candidate election cycle after election cycle. This is particularly true in the current (and past) Commissioner races.

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Danny Willcox, Just Another Biffsquiggled GOP Appointment?
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Chris Richardson - Just Another GOP Schlegel & Rowland Clone
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The Independence Development Questions

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have no doubt heard of the proposed large housing project north of County Rd.158 known currently as Independence. It was formerly known as the Bandera development.

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