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In a move to improve the professional quality of plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical contractors’ work across Chaffee County, commissioners unanimously accepted during their Tuesday, Oct. 9, meeting, the recommendation of Chaffee County Engineer Gary Greiner to replace the existing exam with a more comprehensive version. The new installers exam, developed by the Colorado Department of Public Health, is “definitely tougher” than the current exam, says Greiner.

“With the new test, you have to know what you’re doing – you can’t just wing it,” said Greiner. “Our current exam was written a decade ago and it isn’t up to current regulations.”

Adopting the CDPHE exam, Greiner said, would bring the county up to state standards. “The good thing is, once installers take this test and pass, they will also be state certified.”

Chaffee County Commissioners also approved adjustment of a boundary line and a plat amendment. They unanimously approved a boundary line adjustment for 12433 CR 190E, property owned by Albert and Linda Eggleston. The Egglestons requested the adjustment to create a narrow, 5-acre building lot for their daughter. But a sliver of land overlooked in 1998 surveys before they bought their 80-acre property, blocked road access to CR E for the new lot.

“When the owners deeded it, it was described as ‘to the east boundary of the county road ‘… there was a strip of land that got left out,” said Mike Henderson, who is working with the Egglestons on the adjustment. “Theoretically, the former owners would still own that property, but it was referred to as county road right of way.”

Albert Eggleston explained that the road was first a state highway, then became a county road. “I talked with the county back then and the survey missed it. The county didn’t want it and the guy who sold us the parcel didn’t want it, so we don’t own it.”

County Attorney Jenny Davis suggested a quick claim deed to cover the gap, and Henderson responded that wasn’t a solution if the property owner doesn’t own that gap. Commissioners noted that as land changes hands in the county, more situations like this may be on the horizon.

It was established that the Egglestons could do a quick claim to cover the gap within a few hours. Commissioners approved the adjustment with the stipulation that a resolution accepting the boundary line with a quick claim legal description of ROW dedication to the county be prepared.

Commissioners also approved a plat amendment for 6400 Loggie Gulch Road, owned by James and Anne Fontana, creating a second building envelope on the property. Located within the Gold Medal River Estates, the property had a building envelope on the lower end of the property where drainage issues have been called out by residents. The second building envelope is higher, toward the top of a bluff.

While commissioners decided to allow this application to proceed, discussion ensued regarding view scapes and whether it was good policy to allow such a change without a public hearing. Current code does not require a public hearing for this type of plat change.

“It seems to me if you’re doing significant changes to a plat – I was surprised the code doesn’t allow for input by neighboring property owners,” said Planner Christy Barton. “In the past we’ve required that, depending upon the significance of the plat amendment. If it’s a big change to a recorded plat, there is no way for them (neighbors) to have input … there is a provision that allows staff to go through and decide if it’s a minor or a major amendment to a site plan … it might be better to have a plat amendment as a public notice.”