The Chaffee County Fair Board and Chaffee County Public Health will meet to develop a plan for the 2020 Chaffee County Fair, following a discussion on the topic during the Chaffee County commissioners’ Tuesday meeting.

Also participating in the discussion were Ben Scanga, representing the Fair Board; Kurt Jones, the county’s Colorado State University Extension director; and Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom.

Scanga said right now the Fair Board would like to at least hold 4-H animal and project judging and the livestock auction, although he said they were looking at an online option for the auction.

Jones said he is waiting to see what the CSU Extension head office will decide concerning fairs statewide. He said they are looking at reopening the Extension office at the fairgrounds on June 1.

The group also discussed reopening the area for use by June 1, with Miki Hodge working on putting together a reservation system.

In other business, commissioners voted unanimously to continue until July 7 the hearing for the Larks Perch major subdivision appeal.

Jon Roorda, county planning manager, reported the Chaffee County Planning Commission had denied the preliminary plat March 3 in an 8-0 vote, with one abstaining, over concerns about drainage flows, sites with more than 30 percent slope and lack of a secondary emergency exit. Roorda clarified that because there were only 11 lots, a secondary emergency exit was not required by the land use code.

Joe DeLuca of The Crabtree Group, representing the applicant, said Crabtree’s modeling showed sufficient drainage.

He said an after-fire drainage study by Colorado Geological Survey did not make sense either, reporting water flows higher than the Arkansas River at its peak.

DeLuca agreed to the continuance to July 7, saying it would allow all parties to do more research and review new reports.

County engineer Gary Greiner reported he has been in negotiations with Colorado Department of Transportation and Otak Engineering for design services on the bridge in Granite.

The county had earmarked $300,000 for the project, and Greiner said, worst case, the county would pay $306,400 for the entire project, but best case could be much better, based on input from CDOT.

Commissioners met online with Perry Rodgers of the Society for Creative Anachronism in Pueblo about the Battlemoor gathering in Buena Vista planned for the July 4 weekend.

Rodgers said they estimate 300-400 people would attend, and Carlstrom said she didn’t think the county would be open to gatherings that large by that time.

Rodgers said he would have to discuss it with the group’s board but implied they would probably cancel the event.

Commissioners unanimously approved:

• Setting the date for Board of Equalization hearings July 29-30 and appointing referees and arbitrators.

• A resolution opposing the Colorado Joint Budget Committee staff recommendation to suspend the senior citizens’ and disabled veterans’ real property tax homestead exemption.

Commissioners adjourned to executive session, without returning to the general session, to receive a legal update from county attorneys.

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