The Chaffee Board of County Commissioners will hold their 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 17 meeting via Zoom conference systems, because all Chaffee County buildings have been closed to the public. That closure is a direct result of the declaration of a county emergency, in line with the Colorado Emergency Declaration to address the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. That declaration informs the public that all county buildings are temporarily closed to the public, and all public events in county buildings, including the county fair grounds, are cancelled.

The county’s business must continue, so the county has set up a remote participation method to join the March 17 regular commissioner meeting. The contact information to join the 9 a.m. meeting is available here: http://www.chaffeecounty.org/EndUserFiles/65252.pdf .

Click the link, then follow the setup directions to join either online for video conferencing, or via mobile phone or landline.

The agenda includes three new public hearings and one public hearing extension. The first hearing is to consider an agricultural subdivision exemption for the Blitstein Agricultural subdivision located at 36570 U.S. 24 North, Buena Vista.

The second public hearing will consider a special event permit for the SCA – Battlemoor XI event, to be held at the Meadows Farm June 30 – July 5. The third public hearing will consider the Howell lot line elimination.

The continued hearing, for Sleeping Indian Mobile Home Park, sparked significant public reaction during a commissioner hearing on Feb. 18 in Buena Vista. The outcry caused commissioners to continue the hearing to gather more evidence, and allow staff time to inform the property owner’s lawyer that they expected action sooner rather than later. The agenda includes discussion of abatement of the abandoned mobile homes in line with the Chaffee County Land Use Code.

Commissioners will consider recommending a DOLA Fund infusion that would be co-sponsored with Chaffee Housing Trust for the CHT Home Ownership Program,

The commissioners will also consider the extension of the local disaster emergency declaration for COVID-19; the original document is a seven-day duration, renewable as determined by county commissioners.