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LOCAL PUBLIC INPUT HEARINGS NOVEMBER 30 and DECEMBER 1

 Regarding the State of Colorado Prison Utilization Study

Hosted ONLINE by Bent and Crowley County Commissioners

HB 20-1019 directed the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to study future prison bed needs and analyze economic impacts of the prisons in Bent, Crowley and Otero Counties. At the request of the Bent and Crowley Commissioners, HB1019 also requires that local public hearings be held to solicit input from our residents on this key issue.  Due to Covid, the hearings will be conducted online. These meetings will provide residents of Bent and Crowley Counties and the surrounding communities the opportunity for direct public testimony and input to their County Commissioners and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs about the impacts of the prisons in our communities.  The hearings will begin with an introduction by county commissioners, followed by a brief overview of trends and current conditions by consultants and then public testimony. County Commissioners will host one online hearing for each county:

Monday November 30, 5:30 PM – Crowley County Hearing

Tuesday December 1, 5:30 PM – Bent County Hearing

Connect to the Zoom webinar via PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone: This is the most interactive option.

https://zoom.us/j/94965910073?pwd=WTg2dVZvd2RaRXZBaFptV2wxN1pFQT09

Watch the hearing live on YouTube: This is the least complicated option.

Step 1 - You tube channel link: https://youtube.com/channel/UCkMe7y1odlXnGI4H7FdbkAw

Step 2 - Select live video “Colorado Prison Utilization Study - Public Hearing”

Note: The livestream videos are delayed by several seconds.

To provide comments via telephone: This is a way to hear the meeting and make comments by phone.  Participants can view the meeting on YouTube and call-in to make a comment. 

Step 1 – Dial  1 346 248 7799

Step 2 – Enter Meeting ID 949 6591 0073 (and then press #)

Step 3 – It will ask for a Participant ID, you don’t have one, just press #

Step 4 – Enter the Meeting Password 499142

To request to speak, press *9

When called upon, unmute by pressing *6

If you cannot attend either of these hearings or prefer to provide written testimony, comments may be submitted to: https://rpiconsulting.checkbox.com/PrisonStudyPublicComment

If you want to know more about the prison utilization study, please call: 

Bent County Commissioners 719-456-1600         Crowley County Commissioners 719-267-5555         

Mark Radtke, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, 720-576-0468

Welcome to our County!

Crowley County is one of Colorado’s best places to relax and unwind. Fishing, camping, boating, jet skiing, bird watching, bicycling, you name it. In many ways, Crowley County is Colorado as it was intended to be.

Crowley County is located in the high plains of Southeast Colorado. Ordway, the County seat, lies about 50 miles east of Pueblo at the intersection of U.S. Highway 96 and Colorado 71. Crowley County is a rural community. Residents are a blend of ranchers and farmers, those involved in government and education and many are employed by correctional industries. Due to the mild climate, easy lifestyle and low cost of living, a number of retirees have recently selected Crowley County as their place of choice.

 

Commissioner Meeting Information

Commissioner Office is located in the Courthouse Annex at 603 Main St. Ste. 2, Ordway CO 81063.   All scheduled Commissioner Meetings are held in at this address in the commissioner meeting room, minutes for these meetings can be found here:  https://crowleycounty.colorado.gov/commissioners-minutes.   Commissioner work sessions occur Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The public is permitted to attend.  

Prison Bed Study - HB 20-2019

DUE TO COVID, THE PRIVATE PRISON MEETING SCHEDULED FOR 5:30 pm, WEDNESDAY, October 28, 2020, AT THE SCHOOL GYM, IS BEING POSTPONED. THE DATE WILL BE RESCHEDULED.  THANKS.  

Earlier this year, the Colorado General Assembly passed HB 20-1019 that, among other items, mandates a prison utilization study to be undertaken by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).  The study is now underway.  The study will evaluate prison bed needs in Colorado and provide a utilization analysis of all state and privately operated facilities. It also will provide an analysis of the feasibility of the Colorado Department of Corrections to obtain privately owned facilities located in Las Animas and Olney Springs, or to utilize unused state-owned buildings to meet prison bed needs.  A second aspect of the study will determine the economic and other impacts that potential private prison closure would have on local governments and the wider community, and recommend strategies to diversify the affected local economies.  

Input from affected community members, local governments, and stakeholder groups is a key element of the economic portion of the study.  This is an opportunity to submit written comments that will be part of the public record surrounding the prison utilization study for consideration by the Colorado General Assembly.  

https://rpiconsulting.checkbox.com/PrisonStudyPublicComment

Current BOCC Meeting Agenda & Minutes

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

November 23, 2020

AGENDA

      

8:30        DHS MONTHLY METING

9:00        CONVENE

9:00        NEW BUSINESS

  1. APPROVE SPECIAL DISBURSEMENT, NOVEMBER 16, 2020

9:15        OTHER BUSINESS OR DISCUSSION

10:00     MONTHLY PRISON MEETING

 

For more information contact Crowley County Administration, 719-267-5555 ext. 

For Previous Meeting Agendas visit our Note's Section on our Facebook page.

Commissioners Meeting Minutes

Covid -19

COVID-19 SYMPTOM TRACKER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: 

COVID-19 MEDIA LINE: 303-900-2849 (Please leave a message)

Email: media_info@state.co.us 

State health department launches pilot version of symptom tracker survey as part of statewide COVID-19 tracking

(DENVER) April 17, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has launched a short survey designed to track symptoms of COVID-19, even if the person experiencing symptoms is unable or does not need to get a test. Although the data collected using this survey cannot replace official case data confirmed by testing, it may help public health officials track early warning signs that an outbreak could be imminent in a given area or region. 

The symptom tracker will appear on the “do you have symptoms?” webpage on the COVID-19 website. Data from the tracker will provide local public health agencies with data for their coverage area. This could help public health officials understand when outbreaks are occurring in given locations and, in some cases, follow up with certain individuals who may need additional support. Knowing about potential outbreaks more immediately can help inform decisions to take action at the local level. 

Several local public health agencies had previously created their own symptom trackers over the last month. The results from their surveys will also be included in the aggregate data reports that CDPHE will eventually release publicly. 

“If Coloradans are feeling symptoms related to COVID-19, such as a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath, they can serve the public health response by isolating themselves and voluntarily reporting those symptoms using the symptom tracker,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of CDPHE.

Future versions of the symptom tracker will route people with COVID-19 symptoms to the appropriate resources for them. People who report their symptoms will be able to opt in to receive automated help managing their symptoms via text message. The system will route them to various resources, from telemedicine to behavioral health support.

This survey will collect personal health information, which the department will safeguard, protect, and report only in aggregate. More information about how data will be collected, shared and protected is available on our FAQ page. 

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

 

County Employment Opportunities

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