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Eagle CountyANNUAL REPORT 2015 2 Table of Contents Message from the Commissioners 3 Message from the County Manager 4 Financial Overview 5 Elected Officials 8 Strategic Plan 14 County Departments 16 Employee Accomplishments 30 Awards 31 3 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 Message from the Commissioners Looking back at 2015 we have much to celebrate. From the success of the Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek to the completion of the nearly 400-acre Emma Farms conservation and trails easement project in the Roaring Fork Valley it was a banner year for working with our community partners. A major focus for the year was the creation of our strategic plan which was completed through a thoughtful collaboration between the commissioners county elected officials and county directors. In addition to our mission and vision the plan provides a road map as we allocate resources gauge our performance and ensure we are delivering quality services to you our constituents. The successes outlined in this annual report show great progress toward fulfilling our mission Creating a better Eagle County for all and realizing our vision Eagle County is made up of thriving communities for families and is home to a vibrant workforce with personal health and wellness achievable for all. Our natural beauty is preserved through purposeful environmental stewardship. We are an international year-round resort destination with a diverse resilient economy. Weve identified five goals to help guide our decision-making and our budget for years to come Eagle County is financially sound Eagle County is a great place to live for all Eagle County protects the natural environment Eagle County promotes a diverse and resilient economy Eagle County is a high-performing organization Were already well on our way toward making our goals a reality. For example in 2015 we completed a refinance of the certificates of purchase used to build the countys Maintenance Service Center and Justice Center expansion. The effort resulted in approximately 750000 in present value savings and freed up approximately 1.6 million in reserves for other county capital projects. This will help ensure Eagle County is financially sound while moving our goals forward. We know that to say Eagle County is a great place to live for all means we have to be able to care for our communitys seniors as they age. The groundbreaking at Castle Peak Senior Life and Rehabilitation last summer marked the final hurdle in the decades-long effort to bring the facility to fruition. Solar energy projects took place throughout the year including installations at county facilities as well as the purchase of one megawatt of community solar in Carbondale. Investments in alternative energies are just one of the ways Eagle County protects the natural environment. Eagle County promotes a diverse and resilient economy through publicprivate partnerships and the support of additional air service into the Eagle County Regional Airport. We continue to support the creation of well-paid jobs such as the 60 new employment opportunities at Castle Peak that will come online this year. Lastly our Human Resources Department facilitated a comprehensive review of the organizations salary structure and benefit programs in 2015. We implemented recommendations to help us maintain competitive compensation and benefits attract and retain highly qualified diverse employees and make sure Eagle County is a high-performing organization. These are just a few highlights from an outstanding year with plenty more included in the rest of this report. We look forward to working with you to ensure Eagle Countys continued success in 2016 and beyond. Kathy Chandler-HenryJeanne McQueeneyJill Ryan 4 Message from the County Manager This past year has been one of great excitement adventure and accomplishment for Eagle County Government. The worlds attention focused on Vail and Beaver Creek in Eagle County when the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships came to the slopes of our famous ski resorts. What the worldwide television audience saw was the excitement of incredible athletes racing in different disciplines under beautiful blue Colorado skies. What we saw and experienced however was the tremendous amount of hard work that went into staging such a world class event over two weeks. County staff was engaged from the start in planning every detail. Our staff was involved in permitting and inspection of construction of temporary grandstands built to hold thousands of wildly cheering fans. County staff worked on communications infrastructure emergency response crowd control transportation and so much more to assure that this high profile event occurred without problems or issues. Everyone involved is to be congratulated on such an incredible effort that displayed Eagle County in such a positive light to the world. The World Championships werent the only thing to happen in Eagle County in 2015. In March I had the pleasure of joining the Eagle County team as the new county manager. Joining a great team is always fun and usually brings with it a number of challenges. As a team we began to take on a number of issues from clarifying the organizational structure and reporting responsibilities to developing a new strategic plan for the county. The county commissioners other elected officials management staff and others were involved in developing a new vision for the countys future a clear statement of mission and strategies for how to achieve our vision. We are taking head on some very difficult problems like housing availability and affordability affordable quality early childhood development opportunities financing and construction of trails preserving our beautiful mountain environment while reducing the countys greenhouse gas emissions and other quality of life issues. The list is long and ambitious. Meanwhile we are working hard to place the county into a strong financial position for the future balancing our service demands and our program desires with the reality that available financial resources will always be finite. All of these accomplishments are achieved only through the dedication and efforts of a talented workforce. Eagle County is blessed with committed elected officials who provide policy direction and management to a staff that has a true get it done attitude working towards achieving the countys mission of creating a better Eagle County for all. I am proud to be a part of this incredible team doing such important work on behalf of all Eagle County residents businesses property owners and guests. Weve done a lot in 2015 with much more left to do. Brent McFall 5 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 County DepartmentsEagle County Promotes a Diverse and Resilient Economy Eagle County is a High-Performing Organization Financial Overview 6 Eagle Countys strong fund balance reserves low debt and excellent credit rating illustrate the organizations commitment to fiscal stewardship. The 2016 budget was developed in support of the countys strategic plan and includes resources to meet increased demands for ECO Transit law enforcement and human services facilitation of expanded air service to Eagle County Regional Airport. investments into energy use reduction and environmental sustainability effort and funding for traffic improvements in El Jebel and planning and design efforts for U.S. Highway 6 in Edwards. In addition the Board of County Commissioners has continued a requirement for a minimum of 13.1 million in General Fund reserves for 2016. This amount is over and above the 2.3 million emergency reserve required by state statute. The countys Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports show the audited financial condition of Eagle County Government by year. These documents are online at www.eaglecounty.usfinance. In addition real-time transaction-level financial data is available through the countys Open Book site allowing all stakeholders to view and analyze departmental budgets revenues and expenditures and vendor information in detail. Visit www.eaglecounty.usopenbook. 0 30M 60M 90M 120M 150M Amountin No.Employees 2009 2010 2011 2012 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 114.99M 98.32M 101.1M 101.68M 135M 88.91M 88.54M 103.97M 2013 2014 2015 98.51M 99.28M 102.9M 99.83M 102.29M 109.4M 2016 107.52M 109.2M Expenditures FTEs Revenue 506.6 468.3 453.3 429.3 423.8 442 466 473.5 All Funds Financial Summary transparency participation collaboration accountability information open engagement data access innovation stewardship public communication clarity responsibility input inclusion trust citizens leadership education DONT USE policies decisions budgets programs services meetings Landfill 3672630 Intergovernmental 8419745 Debt Service 2912544 Culture Recreation 2682086 Transportation 14692763 Public Health Welfare 11244508 Public Works 12334530 Public Safety 15641251 General Government 37572434 Long Term Debt Issued 130000 Transfers in 5076649 Proceeds of capital asset dispositions 353066 Investments Interest 574160 Intergovernmental 9152940 State Local Grants 4776888 Federal Grants 4334973 Licenses Permits 35363873 Sales Taxes 22217926 Specific Ownership 1156756 Property Taxes 24390250 34.4 22.7 1.1 20.7 32.9 4 4.4 8.5 0.5 4.7 0.10.3 14.3 11.3 10.3 13.5 2.5 2.7 7.7 3.4 2016 Revenues Budgeted Total - 107527481 2016 Expenditures Budgeted Total - 109172491 8 Elected Officials Lost in India Exerum nihil ipsa quidusapit quatias accae. Ut expeditas et od molorerorem aut isquam eatiis reperrum laborro maximi sam sunt et quibus. Nulpa voloris aut officiaero illaci- tempos niam net labo. Conet ea dus quam facea quia eossi aut occumquam rem res. 9 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 Elected Officials The Eagle County Assessors Office discovers lists classifies and values all property in Eagle County. In doing so the office estimates realistic impartial and equitable value on Eagle County properties while being respectful of the people who own those properties. 2015 Accomplishments Successfully passed the Final Report for the 2015 Colorado Property Assessment Study. For Eagle County taxpayers this means the values assigned to each taxable property have been found to be equitable countywide and the resulting property tax will be equitable for like properties. For 2015 property value returned to pre- recession numbers in Eagle County equaling 3.02 billion in taxable assessed value. Continued to reduce administrative costs by mailing Notices of Valuation in an innovative postcard format ultimately saving two thirds of the cost of the traditional format. Staff continues to scan most paper into digital format alleviating filing and storage expenses. Responded to 3270 appeals at the Assessor level and 660 at the County Board of Equalization level. Appraisal staff wrote appraisals recommend stipulated values and presented support for the Assessors value at upper level hearings including District Court Arbitration and Board of Assessment Appeals. Continued coverage of the countys information desk fielding 11481 calls and 2223 walk-in customer inquiries. Assessment staff also coordinated all incoming and outgoing county mail throughout 2015. Began processing all new subdivision and condominium plats electronically uploading and maintaining the digital records and plats in Laserfiche in an effort to reduce paper and free up file room space. Subdivision master files are also being scanned and uploaded into Laserfiche. Cartography staff members support the administrative and appraisal functions internal and external customers and the countys GIS Department. Assessor Mark Chapin continued to serve his gubernatorial appointments to the Statutory Advisory Committee to the Property Tax Administrator and to the Board of Real Estate Appraisers. Mark also served on the Colorado Assessors Associations Education Committee Agricultural Committee and Co-Chaired the Ski Recreational Committee. By being active in Colorado assessment legislation serving as the Chairman of the Colorado Legislative Committee Mark assures that all property is fairly and accurately valued in Colorado and that appraisal professionals are held to the highest standards possible. Assessor Mark Chapin 10 The Eagle County Clerk Recorders Office provides motor vehicle titling and registration document recording election coordination voter registration liquor license assistance and marriage license issuance with a focus on exceptional customer service and innovative technology. 2015 Accomplishments The Eagle County Coroners Office is a statutory office mandated to establish the cause and manner of death in all coroner-reportable cases. The coroner is a certified death investigator and a nationally-certified medical investigator. Successfully conducted the November mail ballot election with preparation for the 2016 primaryand presidential elections well underway. Continued a multi-year preservation project where original documents filed in the office between the late 1800s and mid 1900s were added to the recorded document software system makingthese documents now searchable to the public both online and in person. Delivered exceptional customer service while handling 26300 motor vehicle phone calls and processing 87000 motor vehicle transactions including a total of 16000 new title transactions - representing an 8.5 percent increase in new titles from 2014. Received a Gold Star recognition for excellence in motor vehicle inventory accuracy following a state audit. Clerk Recorder Teak Simonton was very involved with observing evaluating and recommending a new statewide voting system as a member of the Pilot Election Review Committeeappointed by the Colorado Secretary of State. Clerk Recorder Coroner Teak Simonton Kara Bettis 11 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 Elected Officials The Eagle County Sheriffs Office encompasses four service categories administration detentions investigations and patrol. The office works closely with the community to help make Eagle County a safe and secure place to live and play. It is the mission of the Eagle County Sheriffs Office to serve the people of Eagle County by promoting and maintaining a sense of peace in our communities and improving the quality of life through excellence. 2015 Accomplishments The Eagle County Surveyors Office works closely with the Building Planning and Engineering Departments to review all submitted plats for compliance with the Eagle County Land Use Regulations and Colorado Land Surveying Statutes. Maintained a safe and highly efficient detentions facility with the assistance of patrol deputies. The detentions center averaged a daily population of 65 inmates. Completed the fifth year of a successful partnership where work release inmates assisted at the Materials Recovery Facility providing 190000 in cost savings to the Solid Waste Recycling department. Processed 1057 civil documents through the Administrative Division including 39 Sheriff Sales and executed 39 Writs of Restitution. In addition 211 Concealed Handgun Permits were issued. The Eagle County Victim Services Unit provided assistance to 578 people. Worked diligently through the Patrol Division to maintain peace in our communities by handling 40528 calls for service and 20631 self-initiated calls leading to 955 arrests. Developed a national fan base after the first season of Rocky Mountain Law aired. Created a partnership between the Investigations Unit and the countys Human Services Fiscal Operations Quality Assurance Division resulting in successful prosecution for approximately 100000 in fraudulent benefits payments. Played an instrumental role in implementing an all crimesnarcotics task force by partnering with other law enforcement agencies within Eagle County. Sheriff Surveyor James Van Beek Ted Archibeque 12 The Eagle County Treasurers Office is responsible for mailing property tax notices to the owner of record collecting and disbursing taxes to the taxing authorities receiving and depositing all monies for the county maintaining correct and proper accounting of all monies disbursing monies on the orders of the Board of County Commissioners and investing all excess funds. The Public Trustees Office provides services related to real estate foreclosures and releases of deeds of trust. 2015 Accomplishments Successfully conducted the offices first online tax lien sale allowing investors to register and bid from any location and freeing up staff for other duties during the tax sale. The tax lien sale earned 27700 in premiums and brought collection for 2014 taxes due in 2015 to 100 percent. Processed 5146 tax certificate requests an increase of 1066 from the previous year. A tax certificate is a document used in most real estate transactions this is an indicator that the economy in Eagle County continues to improve. Received the lowest number of foreclosure filings in the Public Trustees Office since 2000. This is another strong indicator that the economy in Eagle County continues to improve. Processed 4523 releases of deeds of trust through the Public Trustees Office an increase of 1487 from the previous year. A release of deed of trust is processed for properties either sold or refinanced and is another indicator that the economy in Eagle County is continuing to improve. The International Association of Clerks Recorders Election Officials and Treasurers hosted its annual conference in Vail in June 2015 bringing over 500 participants guests and vendors to the area. Then- treasurer Karen Sheaffer served as president of the organization in 2014 and was instrumental in making this happen. Treasurer Public Trustee Mari Renzelman 13 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 14 VISION Eagle County is made up of thriving communities for families and is home to a vibrant workforce with personal health and wellness achievable for all. Our natural beauty is preserved through purposeful environmental stewardship. We are an international year-round resort destination with a diverse resilient economy. VALUES Eagle County MISSION Creating a better Eagle County for all. reativity espect ngagement ccountability eam xcellence ervice C R E A T E S a better place for all Strategic Plan Eagle Countys strategic plan provides a road map as we allocate resources gauge our performance and ensure we are delivering quality services to our constituents. Five goals have been identified to help guide decision-making and establish budget priorities as we look to fulfill our mission and vision. Throughout the rest of this document all department accomplishments indicate which goal or goals they support. 15 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES 2015 - 2020 EAGLE COUNTY IS A HIGH-PERFORMING ORGANIZATION EAGLECOUNTYISAGREATPLACETOLIVEFORALL EAGLE COUNTY PROMOTES A DIVERSE AND RESILIENT ECONOMY Recruit retain and develop a top quality county workforce that reects community demographics. Require all supervisors managers and directors have management skills to set targets meet goals manage staff and measure performance. Provide outstanding customer service. Maintain competitive compensation based upon market and performance. EAGLE COUNTY PROTECTS THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT EAGLE COUNTY IS FINANCIALLY SOUND Achieve strategic goals. Align the county organization with the mission and vision. Practice the core values. Require a high level of expertise among supervisors managers and directors. Establish a culture of continuous improvement. Increase access to affordable health care and preventative services. Expand early childhood development opportunities. Encourage more affordable housing choices including types and price levels. Become a more inclusive county welcoming to all. Expand services and opportunities to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Expand trail connectivity. Complete major trafc improvement projects. Actively pursue code and zoning violations that affect health safety wildlife andor the environment. Create communities with a sense of place. Connect communities through a variety of transportation systems. Dene service levels based on available resources and community demands. Plan for facilities infrastructure stafng and maintenance within projected revenues. Deliver county services in the most cost effective and efcient manner possible. Enhance productivity and customer service through appropriate technology systems. Leverage county resources through grants outside funding sources and partnerships. Protect surface and ground water quality and quantity. Protect the forest. Concentrate development in populated areas guided by smart growth principles. Preserve community buffers and open spaces. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in county government and our communities. Achieve a community waste diversion goal of 30 by 2030. Increase the number jobs with livable wages. Promote business expansion retention and attraction. Expand commercial air service. Encourage competition and cost reductions in health care. Encourage opportunities for businesses identied in the county economic development plan. Support innovators and entrepreneurs. Advocate to decrease congestion on I-70. Evaluate county policies and practices to support business development. View the entire plan at www.eaglecounty.usstrategicplan. 16 Eagle County is Financially Sound Eagle County Protects the Natural EnvironmentEagle County is a Great Place to Live for All County Departments Lost in India Exerum nihil ipsa quidusapit quatias accae. Ut expeditas et od molorerorem aut isquam eatiis reperrum laborro maximi sam sunt et quibus. Nulpa voloris aut officiaero illaci- tempos niam net labo. Conet ea dus quam facea quia eossi aut occumquam rem res. 17 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 County DepartmentsEagle County Promotes a Diverse and Resilient Economy Eagle County is a High-Performing Organization Administration Administration includes the Office of the County Commissioners and the Office of the County Manager. The commissioners serve as the policymaking body for Eagle County Government while the county managers oversee day-to-day operations. The county manager and the county attorney are the two appointees of the Board of County Commissioners. 2015 Accomplishments Emergency Management Emergency Management provides emergency prevention mitigation planning support coordination and recovery services in conjunction with the towns and special districts to safeguard residents and visitors to Eagle County. In addition Emergency Management provides oversight of the 800 MHz radio system which is jointly operated by multiple agencies in Eagle County. 2015 Accomplishments Hired key leadership positions in ECO Transit Trails Human Services and Public Works. Facilitated development and implementation of the countys strategic plan including vision mission values and key action items. Reduced structural budget gap through the adopted 2016 budget. Addressed emergency communications capital equipment and operating needs through several strategies resulting in a sustainable ten-year financial plan. Facilitated development and adoption of the first Eagle County Legislative Policy Statement. Completed the construction phase of the East Beacon radio site which will fill a void in public safety radio communications for the Eagle and Gypsum areas. In a coordinated effort with the Town of Gypsum conducted a full-scale wildfire exercise that included the actual evacuation of residents and pets. Worked with the Eagle County Public Safety Council to develop a countywide standard for the qualification and credentialing of public safety personnel. Administration Local and regional emergency responders conducted a full-scale wildfire exercise in June. As part of the preparedness effort firefighters went door-to-door to educate residents on evacuation procedures. 18 Eagle County is Financially Sound Eagle County Protects the Natural EnvironmentEagle County is a Great Place to Live for All The Eagle County Regional Airport EGE is the airport of choice for people traveling to and from Vail Beaver Creek and all of western Colorado. EGE accommodates business and leisure travelers on both commercial and private flights. 2015 Accomplishments The Communications Department is responsible for all core information sharing functions of the county including public outreach media relations crisis communications internal communications and incident response. The department facilitates transparency and participation in Eagle County Government through the countys websites social media sites publications and advertising materials as well as through oversight of ecotv18 the countys TV station. Completed construction of a 5.8 million snow removal equipment facility in August. Reconstructed the commercial air carrier apron in November for 9.8 million. Procured a new backup weather system and three new snow removal brooms. Completed the Terminal Area Plan. Debuted the new FlyVail website in November. Co-led the operation of the Joint Information Center in support of the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. Launched the redesign of the www.eaglecounty.us homepage providing a cleaner user interface and more intuitive navigation for county website visitors. Expanded partnerships with local organizations to record and air community-centric content through ecotv18 including the Vail Valley Partnership Vail Valley Foundation Vail Symposium and the Womens Foundation among others. Airport Communications 2015 Accomplishments The Eagle County Regional Airport opened its new snow removal equipment building in August providing storage and maintenance space for 16 pieces of specialized and costly equipment. Previously those vehicles were stored outdoors. The building was constructed with the help of grants from both the FAA and CDOT. The 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships brought 500 athletes from 68 nations and over 200000 spectators to Vail and Beaver Creek marking the largest ski racing crowds in U.S. history. 19 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 County DepartmentsEagle County Promotes a Diverse and Resilient Economy Eagle County is a High-Performing Organization Building The Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of adopted building codes and the implementation of construction codes through plan reviews and building inspections. 2015 Accomplishments GIS Geographic Information Systems GIS generates and maintains spatial information which aids in the creation of maps and data analysis. GIS provides support to county departments while offering data dissemination map production and property queries to the public through the GIS Viewer. 2015 Accomplishments Engineering The Engineering Department oversees the planning and design of public works projects. Engineers review development applications provide construction traffic and support engineering oversee county floodplain administration and issue floodplain development road cut grading and access permits. 2015 Accomplishments Exceeded record number of permit activity and revenues collected previously set in 2008 topping out at approximately 1.75 million. Issued 593 building permits 1293 peripheral permits 97 new single family residence permits fast tracked 40 percent of all permit applications and performed 6309 inspections. Scanned 300 old building permit folders and closed 398 expired permits. Completed several online mapping projects including custom web maps depicting affordable housing open space traffic counts and wildfire zones. Completed mapping to support several county departments and initiatives including the Planning Departments development of the Edwards Area Plan mileage maps and trail maintenance maps for ECO Trails and Open Space acquisitions and property maintenance maps. Garnered 6 million from the Colorado Department of Transportation for the construction of the Edwards Interchange Upgrade Phase II project now totaled at 9 million. The project is currently in the design phase and will improve mobility and pedestrian safety. Constructed the 1.3 million Cedar Drive improvement project in El Jebel. The project was made possible through a collaboration with the Colorado Department of Transportation. Completed the El Jebel road improvement project design and secured funding. This critical project will provide congestion relief and enhance safety in the local community. Community Development 20 Eagle County is Financially Sound Eagle County Protects the Natural EnvironmentEagle County is a Great Place to Live for All Housing The Housing Department provides innovative housing solutions that promote a higher quality of life for Eagle County residents. 2015 Accomplishments Closed a 5 million loan and donated a 3-acre parcel of land enabling the 64-bed Castle Peak Senior Life and Rehabilitation project to break ground in summer 2015. The facility is anticipated to open in fall 2016. Received a 150000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to build playgrounds at Lake Creek Village Apartments. Worked in collaboration with Lake County and the Town of Leadville to ensure that the 37-unit Tabor Grand Hotel Apartments remain affordable to the regions workforce. Tabor Grand Hotel Apartments received a 6 million renovation which was completed in 2015. Had a record real estate year with 31 property resales at Miller Ranch and 33 new down payment assistance loans. Castle Peak Senior Life and Rehabilitation broke ground last summer. The project represents a decades-long effort to bring a senior care facility to Eagle County and is anticipated to open in fall of 2016. 21 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 County DepartmentsEagle County Promotes a Diverse and Resilient Economy Eagle County is a High-Performing Organization Open Space The Open Space Department works to permanently preserve lands of significant scenic cultural environmental or recreational value. The program is funded by a dedicated 1.5 mill levy property tax approved by voters in 2002 which can only be used for the purchase acquisition or protection of open space. 2015 Accomplishments Closed the Emma Farms Conservation and Trail Easement in Basalt in partnership with Pitkin Open Space Trails. The project garnered the Colorado Open Space Alliance Outstanding Accomplishment Award. Finalized the conservation easement on Cordillera Ridge. Officially opened the Duck Pond Boat Ramp. The project received an award from the American Public Works Association for Outstanding Park and Recreation Development Project. Planning The Planning Department is responsible for the creation and implementation of land use regulations and comprehensive planning for all of unincorporated Eagle County. 2015 Accomplishments In partnership with Public Health and the Healthy Communities Coalition obtained a 125000 grant from Plan4Health. The Plan4Health grant will be used to review comprehensive land use plans throughout the Eagle River Valley while developing strategies that promote healthy eating and active living within the built environment. In addition a pilot program to increase community engagement will be launched intended to bring a greater variety of input to local government processes and decision-making. Collaborated with the countys Public Health and Human Services Departments on the Aging Well and Healthy Communities initiatives. Sent a four-member team from Eagle County to the 15-month Leadership for Healthy Community Design program put on by the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership. The collaborative effort that led to the conservation of more than 450 acres of contiguous prime farmland in the mid-Roaring Fork Valley was recognized by the Colorado Open Space Alliance through a 2015 Blue Grama Award for Outstanding Achievement to Eagle and Pitkin counties. 22 Eagle County is Financially Sound Eagle County Protects the Natural EnvironmentEagle County is a Great Place to Live for All ECO Trails The ECO Trails Program constructs and maintains a system of urban paved multi-use non-motorized trails in cooperation with local municipalities. The program is funded through a 10 percent share of the one-half percent Mass Transportation Sales Tax a designated sales tax in the Eagle Valley portion of the county. Citizen involvement and the Eagle Valley Trails Committee Road Biking Subcommittee and Backcountry Trails Subcommittee are critical to the programs success. 2015 Accomplishments ECO Transit ECO Transit operates 21.5 hours per day 365 days per year providing commuter services for the workforce and guests of Eagle County. Consisting of fixed-route and para-transit services the mass transit operation covers 58 bus stops and 31 shelters along the I-70 spine of Eagle County. The Eagle County Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board consists of eight members. 2015 Accomplishments In partnership with Road Bridge completed a .75 mile section of the Gypsum to Dotsero trail making it possible to walk 4.5 miles west of Gypsum on the Eagle Valley Trail. Commenced an 800000 design and permit effort for five critical segments of unbuilt trail. Hosted three special events and partnered on two more in an effort to promote walking bicycling and trail construction in the Eagle Valley. Maintained 18 miles of trail as four-season travel routes including upgrades to trail asphalt drainage and way finding signage. Transported over 900000 passengers in 2015 a 9 percent increase over 2014 with ECO buses travelling 1.5 million miles. Received over 700000 in grant awards for bus replacement and operating assistance. Collaborated with multiple local agencies to provide mass transit services to guests from around the world during the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. Led a procurement consortium of 13 transit agencies which resulted in higher quality bus replacements. Broke ground on three new bus shelters. ECO Transit Trails Trail supporters and community members gathered to celebrate the completion of the Gypsum to Dotsero segment of the Eagle Valley Trail in June. 23 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 County DepartmentsEagle County Promotes a Diverse and Resilient Economy Eagle County is a High-Performing Organization The Finance Department ensures compliance with over 100 statutes regulations and financial requirements for more than 30 individual funds. This includes preparing and publishing the countys annual budget and financial statements as well as performing ongoing budget analysis. The department is also responsible for accounting and reporting on six separate housing corporations and the Eagle County Air Terminal. In addition the department tracks numerous monthly economic data and is responsible for the county payroll and processing of all vendor invoices. 2015 Accomplishments Human Resources works to ensure the countys workforce is focused on achieving the organizations goals and objectives through strategic human resource leadership. 2015 Accomplishments Resolved the long-term structural deficit in the Road Bridge Fund and decreased the annual deficit in the General Fund without additional taxes. Collaborated with Human Resources to upgrade the countys payroll processing and record-keeping system thereby enhancing efficiency and management reporting. Collaborated with Human Resources to develop a health care cost savings program designed to educate employees and their families on medical options procedures and providers. Worked with Environmental Health to determine viable financing options for a 3 million investment into community solar. Deployed a comprehensive Total Rewards Study to assess the organizations salary structure and benefit programs compared to market. Recommendations were implemented to ensure the county continues to maintain competitive compensation and benefits and to attract and retain highly qualified diverse employees. Restructured the employee wellness challenge to encourage participation at all fitness levels. Results show participation rates almost doubling over 2014 and 63 percent of those who participated achieved their goal for the summer season. Implemented Patient Care a health care cost savings program designed to engage employees in becoming more informed consumers thereby reducing benefit plan expenses. Finance Human Resources The countys wellness program was retooled to encourage involvement at all fitness levels. Participation rates nearly doubled over the previous year. 24 Eagle County is Financially Sound Eagle County Protects the Natural EnvironmentEagle County is a Great Place to Live for All Children Family Adult Services Children Family Adult Services supports relationships and environments where vulnerable adults families and children receive services that enhance health safety stability and self-reliance. 2015 Accomplishments CSU Extension The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office provides access to research-based educational resources and programs to community members of Eagle County. Extension agents are specialists in the areas of youth development consumer and family education and horticulture and small acreage management. 2015 Accomplishments Received more than 1300 calls and referrals for children and families who were in need of mental emotional and behavioral health support and connected them to community services through the Child and Families Prevention and Protection Continuum. Through a federal Early Head Start grant 144 families were empowered to best prepare their children for success in school and life. Collaborated with Early Childhood Partners to administer the 2015 Family Leadership Training Institute series which integrates personal and child development leadership training civic literacy and participation skills intended to help parents family members and others become advocates for children. In 2016 CSU Extension will facilitate the entire program on behalf of Early Childhood Partners. Partnered with Environmental Health to host the Colorado Energy Master Program providing an overview of energy issues energy challenges and potential solutions. Final projects consisted of energy conservation at the Eagle County Regional Airport improved energy efficiency for families at Riverview Apartments and creation of the Bobcat Energy Saving Team B.E.S.T. at Brush Creek Elementary. Human Services Early Head Start group socialization activities help parents and other caregivers identify a childs strengths and needs. Over 140 families participated in the Early Head Start program in 2015. 25 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 County DepartmentsEagle County Promotes a Diverse and Resilient Economy Eagle County is a High-Performing Organization Economic Services Economic Services provides income nutrition and support to those in need through federal state and county programs. 2015 Accomplishments Reported more than 20000 client contacts through four locations to ensure individuals were connected to economic supports such as Medicaid child care health insurance and food assistance. Reduced the number of county residents without health insurance by 7 percent. The Innovation Technology I.T. Department is responsible for I.T. business analysis and project management network administration and support personal computer support server administration and support systems security technology procurement and website and application development. 2015 Accomplishments Fiscal Operations Quality Assurance Fiscal Operations Quality Assurance provides support for all of Human Services. 2015 Accomplishments Partnered with several departments to develop and implement technology solutions for improving county services. Community members can now book advance lodging reservations at Spencers Cabin for overnight stays during Colorado River rafting trips the Eagle County Regional Airport provides arriving passengers with baggage carousel information electronically and the county landfill scalehouse has been updated and relocated to better accommodate growing customer traffic needs. Assisted in growing and improving operational efficiencies for multiple county departments. ECO Transit now offers bus passes for purchase from the Vail Transportation Center the Sheriffs Office issues electronic traffic citations and the countys Emergency Operations Center implemented an Electronics Management System that supported the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. Increased emphasis on improving the overall security posture governing electronic information maintained by the county. Significant strides were made during 2015 involving actively assessing the state of the countys existing security environment the introduction of an improved network segmentation framework and the rollout of an employee technology security awareness education program. Managed 55 separate and distinct funding streams to operate 31 Human Services programs. Garnered 1.6 million in federal funding and 2.5 million in state funding to offset county costs. Innovation Technology 26 Eagle County is Financially Sound Eagle County Protects the Natural EnvironmentEagle County is a Great Place to Live for All Animal Services Animal Services is responsible for patrolling for stray animals handling bite investigations protecting the welfare of animals and promoting compliance with all laws pertaining to pets. Animal Services also operates the Eagle County Animal Shelter which facilitates pet adoptions and provides humane care to all animals coming into the facility. 2015 Accomplishments Coordinated an emergency shelter and volunteer services for 100 dogs that were involved in an accident on Vail Pass in December. In addition 16 dogs were adopted locally by residents and volunteers. Increased the number of adoptions from 208 in 2014 to 266 in 2015. Decreased the amount of time an animal spent at the shelter from 20.2 days to 15.6 days. Placed 91 percent of the shelters animals in foster or forever homes. Public Health Environment The community came to the rescue when a trailer pulling 100 dogs jackknifed on Vail Pass. A temporary shelter was set up at the Eagle County Fairgrounds and over 150 volunteers showed up to donate items walk dogs and clean kennels until the dogs got back on the road. 27 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 County DepartmentsEagle County Promotes a Diverse and Resilient Economy Eagle County is a High-Performing Organization Environmental Health Environmental Health licenses and inspects food service establishments child care facilities and schools administers natural resources protection programs pertaining to water and air and permits and inspects private on- site wastewater treatment systems. In addition the department includes the countys Environmental Sustainability and Wildfire Mitigation programs. 2015 Accomplishments Public Health Public Health aims to improve community health outcomes. Programs include Nurse Family Partnership Women Infants and Children family planning immunizations disease investigation emergency preparedness health promotion healthy aging and vital statistics. 2015 Accomplishments Achieved the countys goal of reducing carbon emissions and energy costs 15 percent by 2015 through solar investments and energy efficiency projects. These efforts save Eagle County approximately 220000 per year. Distributed 421 free radon test kits 94 percent of which were used with 44 percent of homes testing above the EPA action level. Seventeen of those homeowners installed radon mitigation systems eliminating the risk to their families of contracting lung cancer caused by exposure to radon gas. Through a strong partnership with the Planning Department and the Healthy Communities Coalition Public Health obtained a nationally competitive grant from the American Planning Association and the American Public Health Association known as Plan4Health. The project will address health equity through policy scans built environment strategies and increased community engagement. Coordinated a community-wide strategic planning process to address the fast growing aging population. The Aging Well Initiative will address social and community engagement health care preventive health housing and more over the next five years. Installation of solar energy systems at several facilities and an investment into one megawatt of community solar in Carbondale have resulted in significant energy and budget savings for the county. 28 Eagle County is Financially Sound Eagle County Protects the Natural EnvironmentEagle County is a Great Place to Live for All Project Management Project Management provides oversight for the countys capital projects. Services include planning evaluating comparing and then adjusting performance or plans to assist departments in meeting their project objectives. 2015 Accomplishments Completed construction of the airport snow removal equipment facility under budget. Completed construction of the landfill scale house facility under budget. Completed phase II construction of the air carrier apron reconstruction at the Eagle County Regional Airport under budget. Completed construction of the East Beacon radio tower building and site improvements under budget. Fleet Services Fleet Services provides all county departments with vehicles and equipment repair and maintenance services and refueling facilities throughout the county. Fleet Services also auctions all county surplus vehicles and equipment in support of the Vehicle Replacement Fund. 2015 Accomplishments Expanded the use of federal purchase contracts the State of Colorado Bid Award Program and other national government purchasing cooperatives for an up to 40 percent reduction in vehicle and equipment costs. Advanced the Alternative Fueled Vehicle program through the purchase of the countys first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to supplement 20 hybrid vehicles already in use. Reduced the countys fleet costs by eliminating three under- utilized vehicles and equipment. Implemented the use of scout teams comprised of fleet technicians to visit comparable government fleet operations in the region. Teams were tasked with comparing and identifying operational policies and procedures that could lead to an enhanced level of service to county departments. Facilities Management Facilities Management provides property management services for all county buildings parks and open space including security risk management maintenance remodeling renovation planning and development for county facilities. 2015 Accomplishments Implemented an improved process for rental of the fairgrounds facilities and worked in partnership with I.T. to launch an online self-service and self-scheduling portal. Managed project work and coordination for several employee office relocations reconfigurations and remodels to accommodate staff improve functionality and increase employee productivity. Completed multiple energy efficiency projects including interior and exterior LED lighting retrofits in several facilities and installation of electrical pedestal hook-ups at the fairgrounds parking lot to eliminate the need for fuel powered generators and lights. In partnership with a local disc golf club repositioned and improved the course at the fairgrounds. The course is gaining popularity both within the community and regionally. Public Works 29 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 County DepartmentsEagle County Promotes a Diverse and Resilient Economy Eagle County is a High-Performing Organization Road Bridge Road Bridge provides maintenance and snow removal on more than 500 miles of county roads. Field crews make bridge repairs grade dirt roads fill potholes and perform small-scale resurfacing and construction projects to provide safe efficient roadways. 2015 Accomplishments Completed road enhancements including paving of the Homestead Subdivision in Edwards new gravel for 8 miles of county roads and improved the guard rail on the Colorado River Road bridge at Deep Creek Road. Began construction on the Burns Bridge and Catamount Bridge for complete replacement. Mixed sand salt traction material in-house saving approximately 20000. Assisted other departments with projects including providing support to ECO Trails on the completion of the Gypsum to Dotsero section of the Eagle Valley Trail. Completed three collaborative projects with the Colorado Department of Transportation Garfield County and Eagle County Open Space to help manage vegetation. Solid Waste Recycling Solid Waste Recycling maintains an environmentally safe containment area for all acceptable refuse collects and processes recyclables and provides for the safe disposal of household and small business hazardous waste while ensuring compliance with federal state and county regulations. 2015 Accomplishments Completed construction on the new scale house for the landfill which improves safety and efficiency for customers and employees. Passed an unannounced Air Pollution Control Division inspection with no violations. Successfully obtained a landfill certificate of designation for all 730 acres at the Solid Waste Recycling property. If needed the department can now request a special use permit that would extend the life of the facility to meet county needs for the next 100 years. The new landfill scale house provides customers with the ability to drive up to the facility weigh in and out and pay fees without leaving their vehicles providing a safer more efficient means of disposal. 30 Employee Accomplishments Becca Anderson - Sheriffs Office Earned Sheriffs Lifesaving Award Beth Dobransky - Sheriffs Office Earned Certificate of Appreciation Betty Sanchez - Sheriffs Office Earned Sheriffs Lifesaving Award Bryan Kohrmann - Airport Earned Airport Certified Employee designation from the American Association of Airport Executives Carly Reitmann - Public Health Completed a 5 week Fundamentals of Gerontology Certificate Program through the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Cliff Simonton - Planning Received Speed of Trust facilitator certification Dana Lauderdale - Sheriffs Office Obtained Senior Deputy designation Daniel Murray - Housing Earned Energy Masters certificate from CSU Extension Eric Lovgren - Environmental Health Appointed to the Board of Directors of Fire Adapted Colorado Geri Fagan - Human Resources Earned Certified Professional designation from Society of Human Resources Management Glenda Wentworth - CSU Extension Received the Epsilon Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter DiversityMulticultural - Individual Award for Estoy Sano Selected as the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 1st Place Western Region Winner for Communications TelevisionVideo Program Award category titled Estoy Sano Hollis Dempsey - Human Resources Earned Senior Certified Professional designation from Society of Human Resources Management Isabel Sanchez - Economic Services Received Colorado Child Support Services Program Award for largest lump sum award in a medium county 2014-2015 Jacci McKenna - Human Resources Earned Senior Certified Professional designation from Society of Human Resources Management Jeff Pieper - CSU Extension Received the Mount Sopris Conservation District 2015 Partner Award Completed the 15-month Healthy Community Design Leadership Program through the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership Jerry Long - Building Earned International Code Council Building Department Plans Examiner certification Jesse Masten - Solid Waste Recycling Renewed Manager of Landfill Operations certification through Solid Waste Association of North America Jill Klosterman - Housing Elected Chair of the Board of Housing Colorado Elected Vice President - Member Services of Colorado National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials board Joan Monaghan - Finance Received Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of CPAs Selected for and graduated from the 2015 AICPA Leadership Academy John Harris - Road Bridge Earned certification in Business Management Karen Koenemann - Public Health Received the Colorado Public Health Association Excellence in the Promotion of Health Equity Award at the Public Health in the Rockies Conference Kathleen Lyons - Economic Services Received Speed of Trust facilitator certification Katie Haas - Public Health Completed the 15-month Healthy Community Design Leadership Program through the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership Kelly Miller - Engineering Received Federal Surveyor certification Appointed to the State Board of Licensure for architects professional engineers and professional land surveyors Kendra Kleinschmidt - Children Family Adult Services Received Speed of Trust facilitator certification 31 Eagle County Annual Report 2015 1st Place Best Footing Award - Facilities Management 2015 Mountain States Circuit Womens Pro Rodeo Association 2015 Airport Award for Training Excellence - Airport American Association of Airport Executives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting - Finance Government Financial Officers Association Habitat Hero Garden - CSU Extension Audubon Rockies Healthy Business Certified Leader - Human Resources Health Links Outstanding Park and Recreation Development Project for the Duck Pond Boat Ramp - Open Space American Public Works Association Outstanding Accomplishment Award for Emma Farms Conservation and Trail Easement - Open Space Colorado Open Space Alliance Awards Kim Williams - Housing Received Speed of Trust facilitator certification Kris Valdez - Planning Completed the 15-month Healthy Community Design Leadership Program through the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership Mandi Nolan - Solid Waste Recycling Earned Manager of Landfill Operations certificate through the Solid Waste Association of North America Mandy Ivanov - Public Health Completed Masters in Public Health Degree through Des Moines University Megan Burch - Economic Services Received Speed of Trust facilitator certification Megan Heil - Sheriffs Office Obtained Master Deputy designation Mike Friel - Airport Obtained Certified Member designation from the American Association of Airport Executives Neil Herridge - Solid Waste Recycling Renewed Manager of Landfill Operations certification through Solid Waste Association of North America Pat Hammon - Economic Services Received the Veterans Passport to Hope Mort Marks Award Pat Nolan - Public Health Completed a 12-month Gerontology Certificate Program through the University of Washington School of Health Sciences Rhea Bonk - Human Resources Received Certified Professional designation from Society of Human Resources Management Sgt. Scott Peterson - Sheriffs Office Earned Sheriffs Lifesaving Award Tanya Dahlseid - Facilities Management Earned event planner certification from Colorado Mountain College Thomas Hyatt - Finance Received Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of CPAs Wendi Woods - Fiscal Operations Quality Assurance Earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration Veteran Service Officer Pat Hammon received the Veterans Passport to Hope Mort Marks Award which recognizes an outstanding past service member who has selflessly contributed to their community other veterans or veterans organizations. Editors Kris Friel Jill Klosterman Taylor Prather Sharee Wettstein Address P.O. Box 850 500 Broadway Eagle Colorado 81631 Phone 970-328-8600 800-225-6136 Email infoeaglecounty.us Website www.eaglecounty.us Visit www.eaglecounty.us to view the latest county information find services and programs and do business with us. 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