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The first meeting of the new year for the Chaffee Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) will begin at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 in the Commissioners’ meeting room at 104 Crestone Ave., in Salida, and end in an executive session on ditch rights.

Meetings are in person and are also available via zoom at or by dialing 719-359-4580 Meeting ID: 109 079 543.

Voters returned both Keith Baker and Greg Felt to second terms as Chaffee County Commissioners. Photo by Jan Wondra.

The commissioners have a full agenda for their day, including an 11-item Consent Agenda filled with development proposals that have been discussed in prior public hearings and approved to move to resolutions in their December 15 meeting.

They include Cactus Flats Major Subdivision Sketch Plan, the Cattle Creek Major Subdivision Sketch Plan, four lot line adjustments, and a boundary line adjustment.

Under regular business, the BoCC will begin with consideration of Resolution 2023-02 Regarding Ambulance Relicensing.

They will move on to the Adams Agricultural Subdivision Exemption #4 at 11460 County Road 140, Salida. Applicant Karin Adams is requesting the agricultural subdivision exemption to subdivide a total of 74.34 acres into two lots. This subdivision would result in Lot “E” comprising 2.54 acres and Lot “B” comprising the remaining 71.80 acres.  Individual wells and individual on-site wastewater treatment systems are proposed to serve the property.

The Shelman Heritage Water Subdivision Exemption request by Starr Miller and Jason Shelman would subdivide a total of 5.32 residential-zoned acres into two lots. The parcel located at 9770 CR 156, Salida would result in Lot 1 comprising 2.02 acres and Lot 2 comprising the remaining 3.31 acres. Individual wells and individual on-site wastewater treatment systems are proposed to serve the property.

The Brinkmann Heritage Water Subdivision Exemption request by Daniel and Rebecca Brinkmann would subdivide 25.89 acres located at 32220 CR 361, Buena Vista into two rural lots with the minimum being 7.89 acres. Wells and on-site wastewater treatment systems will serve the property.

The BoCC plans to end with an Executive Session Under 24-6-402(4)(b) for the purpose of Receiving Legal Advice on Specific  Legal Questions and Strategy Involving St. Elmo Ditch Water Rights.