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The Board of County Commissioners agreed upon the appointment of seven members to the new Chaffee County  Common Ground Advisory Commission, during their Tuesday, March 12 regular meeting. Commissioner Keith Baker making the motion to draft a resolution of the appointment for approval at the March 19 regular meeting, Commissioner Rusty Granzella seconded and it passed unanimously.

The new seven-member commission will include staggered appointed to one year, two year, and three-year terms.Nominated for appointment to three-year terms expiring in 2022, were Cindy Williams, Michael Hannigan and Rick Hume. Nominated for two-year terms expiring in 2021 were Andrew Richardson and Patti Arthur, and nominated for one-year terms expiring in 2020 were Ben Lenth and Brinkley Messick.

“So the other business for this common ground committee is to notify these folks that we need a date to convene a joint session to set the course and get them launched,” said Commissioner Greg Felt.

The Chaffee County Common Ground Commission will administer the funds raised by the 0.25 percent tax approved by voters for Ballot Issue 1A; using the funds to focus on forest health, working lands and manage the impacts of growth and recreation on the county. Chaffee County Finance Director Dan Short announced, during the meeting, that the January sales tax receipts totaled more than $73,000, with the county on pace to collect nearly $1 million during fiscal 2019.

“We got about $73,000 in funds in this week from the ballot measure,” said Short. “The ballot language mentioned our real estimate of around $950,000 for the year – so bringing that much in for January is really good.”