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County commissioners retreat to Glenwood

Jeremy Heiman

The Pitkin County commissioners will begin a two-day retreat today at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.

County Manager Suzanne Konchan said the commissioners, assisted by a facilitator from Denver, will use the opportunity to get up to date on a variety of subjects. The agenda will include both briefings on county business and work on the board’s efficiency and effectiveness.

This morning, board members will brush up on their teamwork skills, working on how they function as a board.

In the afternoon, Konchan said, members will go over a summary of 1998 before receiving staff briefings on upcoming strategic planning issues. Briefing topics will include transportation planning; long-range community development work, including the existing moratorium on rezoning in the transportation corridors; and regional issues which concern both Pitkin County and other counties and cities. How the county works with neighborhood groups such as caucuses and homeowners’ associations will also be covered.

This evening will see an informal discussion on governing, prompted by handbooks for government.

Friday morning, Konchan said, the commissioners will take a look at the county’s internal organization. That will encompass both financial and human resources.

Board members will try to decide how to position the county for the 1999 budget, which is short of funds because of the failure at the polls of the property tax for roads, intended to replace the county’s expired use tax. Konchan said commissioners will need to decide how to fund the county’s road-replacement schedule.

Commissioners will also discuss how to allocate themselves – which of them will serve on various regional boards.


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