Gilpin Commissioners hear crisis plans

Gilpin Commissioners hear crisis plans

John Scarffe
Gilpin County

The Gilpin County Board of County Commissioners heard a presentation from a crisis team and approved inmate health care services at its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 10, at the Gilpin County Courthouse.  The Jefferson/Gilpin Community Crisis Response Team will unite all available services to deal with shootings or other crises.

Rachel Liberatore, victim services advocate, asked the Board to sign an agreement that the County supports the crisis team. She said the team has been around since 1995. It is one of the first teams formed in Colorado, and teams formed since then have looked to them for guidance. After the shootings and deaths at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, the team worked to find ways to handle something like that if it happened again in the future.

“Lots of people were showing up but it was a lot of chaos,” she said about the Columbine High shootings. “They had advocates that responded that were doing death notices to families but couldn’t follow up because they weren’t local.” The community put together a team that could respond to a crisis and was also local.

The key is to have an organized response and use the same command structure as law enforcement because they would be working with law enforcement agencies. If a crisis happened in Gilpin County, the County would ask that a crisis team be put together.

The team would include fire and police departments, emergency management, mental health and first responders, victim assistance, and the Coroner’s Office. A steering committee with Liberatore at the lead would put together the team. In weather-related situations they would work in conjunction with Red Cross.

Gilpin County Sheriff Bruce Hartman said this is a very comprehensive plan. “The Aurora shooting situation didn’t activate this team, but we did send a man down,” Hartman said. This is specialized with victim advocates and counselors. A victim advocate can pass information on to law enforcement.

Liberatore said Gilpin County has one volunteer. They have to go through basic training to be a part of the team and then they have ongoing training every year. They also have to undergo training on the incident command system so they know how that works and how they fit into law enforcement.

The statement of purpose for the team has been signed by all of the other local governments, and Liberatore asked that Gilpin County Commissioners add their signatures to the statement of purpose.  The Commissioners agreed to sign the agreement.

Inmate health care services

Sheriff Hartman presented a price quote for inmate medical services at the Gilpin County Jail. County Manager Roger Baker explained that this is a standing contract, but they are adding more registered nurse hours. The quote from Correctional Healthcare Companies provides services to the County in the amount of $177,652 annually.

Sheriff Hartman said the County is obligated to provide these services. Schmalz said the Sheriff’s Office tried to provide the service in-house but it wasn’t feasible. Hartman said they did have a public health nurse but the facility outgrew the ability to provide that.

“CHC is good. We’re running at max capacity. There’s a good chance the gaming industry contributes to that,” Hartman said. The Council approved the contract.

Boundary Line Elimination

The Commission approved a boundary line elimination for David P Buscher. The BLE combines two parcels of land in the Null Placer into one. To date, the County has approved 478 boundary eliminations resulting in a net reduction of 1,552 potential building sites.

IT consulting agreement

Tobias Tonelli, president of Teryx, Inc., presented a proposal for an information technology services agreement. It reflects a 5% increase. Services include general information technology services and maintenance for county workstations and domain controller; virus and other software protection.

Schmalz said the contract was to finish in three years and would involve providing the County with all new computers. Baker said getting to where all equipment is no more than three years old will keep system catastrophes from happening as they have in the past.

Watson asked about the confidentiality clause that just covered two years. “Shouldn’t that be forever?” she asked. Baker suggested striking the two years and include confidentiality during the contract and after. The agreement was approved as amended.

The next regular meeting of the Board will be on Tuesday, December 17, at 9 a.m. at the Gilpin County Courthouse.