The BOCC Page
This page is dedicated to Board of County Commissioner (BOCC) public meetings, which are held each Tuesday morning at 9am in their office in the Larimer County Courthouse, at 200 Oak Street, Suite 2200, on the second floor at the big meeting room at the end of the hall.
Larimer County Commissioners
Becoming familiar with the three commissioners, and the role they play in the governing of the county, will be helpful if you plan to speak at their public meetings.
Recordings of past public BOCC meetings can be heard here: https://www.larimer.org/bocc/commissioners-meetings/internet-broadcasts-commissioners-meetings#/am/
How to prepare to speak
- If you want to let others in the Alliance know that you intend to speak, see the Events Page and sign up there (this is entirely optional & you are free to come speak on your own)
- The morning of the meeting, arrive before 9am, and sign the paper register in the office lobby to be put on the agenda (again, optional, but suggested)
- At 9am, everyone files into the BOCC meeting room & takes their seats (limited to about 25 or so)
- Public comments are always first, from about 9:05am to however long it takes; so, you will not likely have to be there past 9:30am
- Handouts can be distributed to the three commissioners and the secretary just before you begin
- Individual comments are limited to 3 minutes, but if another person signs up to speak with you, that person can "donate" their minutes to you
- There are no computer displays available for public use (though there is a screen)
- The meetings are recorded for audio, which are posted shortly after on the BOCC website
Tips on Public Participation: a tip sheet from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment
Disclaimer: the list below is not a definitive record; that resides in the minutes of the BOCC meetings. If anyone attended other meetings when the Larimer Alliance was represented, please feel free to make contact and ask to have it added here.
Jan 14, 2020:
- Six persons testified, two observed.
- Josh Joshwick, former La Plata county commissioner, and a citizen expert on gas pipelines, testified about the need for local governments to regulate gas flowlines because there is a regulatory gap between what the COGCC regulates and state otherwise regulates, namely the gathering lines between gas well bores and main pipelines. He was the guest of Commissioner John Kefalas.
Oct 15, 2019:
- Two persons spoke for the Alliance, and one person observed. This was the night after the second Public Forum, so comments were mostly about that.
Oct 8, 2019:
- Six persons spoke for the LA, three who were from the Unitarian Church.
Oct 1, 2019:
- Four persons representing the Larimer Alliance attended.
Sept 9, 2019:
- At least three persons spoke, on various aspects of why the commissioners should put a moratorium on any new drilling.
- Later in the meeting, the commissioners issued a formal response to the letter the the Larimer Alliance presented to the commissioners on Aug 20, 2019. The response was read by a woman on staff (public safety?), who denied the request for a moratorium. (The reasoning was unclear at the time, but the public recording will be reviewed when it is published, and added here.)
Sept 3, 2019:
Six persons spoke for the Larimer Alliance, and we owned the room for 20 minutes:
- Speaker 1 led off with specific O&G flaring violations
- Speaker 2 shared information about the Physicians for Social Responsibility compendium of peer-reviewed studies
- Speaker 3 talked about the Halliburton Loophole which has exempted fracking from all federal environmental law since 2005
- Speaker 4 told the Commissioners about her complaint with the COGCC
- Speaker 5 shared a statement about a release of toxins following an explosion in Windsor on 12/22/17
- Speaker 6 concluded by pointing out that the County was well within its authority to suspend access permits to new drilling sites