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A final resolution regarding short term rental application fees will be one of the most important topics for consideration in the Chaffee Board of County Commissioner’s regular meeting beginning at  9 a.m. July 7.

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The topic has been of intense interest to the short term rental small businesses in Chaffee County, after the county, with little fanfare, added application and renewal fees in 2019, then had to postpone the discussion on that topic due to the coronavirus known as COVID-19.

A June 9 commissioners meeting culminated in a 2-1 vote, with Greg Felt dissenting because he wanted a lower annual renewal fee. That vote proposed setting the county’s short-term rental application fees at $250 for the initial application, $150 for yearly renewal, with an extra $100 if the county is required to make an inspection.

The county has been considering steps to make the North Building at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds more functional, especially given the alternate area needs that may be associated with handling the COVID-19 pandemic.  During Tuesday’s meeting commissioners will consider a $98,000 contract between the county and Diesslin Structures, Inc. to purchase, design, and install four roof heating and cooling units on the North Building at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

Also on the morning agenda, a request from Brandon Hawkins for a 6-month extension for the recording of the Hawkins Minor Subdivision mylar, a resolution for the Jones Agricultural Subdivision Exemption, and a resolution for the Centerville Ranch Major Subdivision Final Plan ­Phase 1, Filing 1.

At 1:00 p.m. a Public Hearing­ Appeal is scheduled for the Larks Perch Major Subdivision Preliminary Plan. The proposed project for 9479 Hutchinson Lane would divide 36.87 acres into 13 lots with the minimum lot size being 2.01 acres.

The preliminary plan was rejected by the Chaffee County Planning Commission because of the steep slopes, multiple drainages, uncertainty over the exit- access, and concerns over wildlife corridors and whether runoff from its development might impact the Hutchinson Ditch.

In past public hearings, nearby residents and ranchers objected for a multitude of reasons; Art Hutchinson saying he’s seen boulders the size of cars come down the drainages from storms.

The county will conduct the meeting virtually, on Zoom, with the link available here during their Zoom meeting 9 a.m. Tuesday.

To attend, visit chaffeecounty.org and find the meeting link on the right-hand side of the home page.