Playground grant swings forward

John Scarffe, Gilpin County.  Two representatives of Gilpin County Schools requested the support of the Gilpin County Board of County Commissioners on a grant application for completion of the playground during a regular Board meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Gilpin County Courthouse. The Board also received the 2016 Supplementary Budget for approval.

David MacKenzie and Sunny Vincent presented a resolution supporting the application for a School Yard Grant from the State Board of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO) in support of updating playground equipment and adding other features to it. The grant for $110,000 would fund a new playground and outdoor education area, according to the resolution.

Vincent said the Great Outdoors Colorado grant would fund educational playground equipment. Current equipment is 20 years old, and they’d like to replace the old equipment with nature and mountain themed equipment, including a garden and  greenhouse for the school and community.
An underground greenhouse can grow year around, Vincent said. She presented design ideas to the Commissioners, and said the school has two playgrounds.

The grant would allow the playground to be open even when the school isn’t open. They also plan to incorporate some more swings, and it would be a great improvement, Vincent said.

GOCO wants it to be a partnership between the County and school to the benefit the community, Vincent said. They will replace the current playground and extend the playground out to make a bigger area. The greenhouse would be further down but in the same area.

Board Chair Linda Isenhart said, “I’m excited.” Vincent said the project is overseen by a committee that includes parents and students, and the idea for the greenhouse came from students who did research on possibilities. The Board approved the resolution in support of the School Yard Grant.

Finance Director Clorinda Smith submitted the 2016 Supplemental Budget Appropriations and told the Board they are adding some revenue and some expenditures. The County has received a couple of grants, and has changed the procedure for inmate meals.

The request also includes expenses for human services and capital items. Expenditure additions total $313,454 and include $100,000 for the Child Welfare program, $65,000 for prisoner meals and $40,350 for facilities as the result of an Energy and Mineral Impact Grant.


Revenue additions total $832,602 and include $535,315 from a gaming tax additional amount, $100,000 back from Child Welfare, $78,569 from a DOLA grant for the jail and $35,050 for patrol overtime grants. The Board approved the Supplemental Appropriations.

The Board also approved the annual request for Take Home Vehicles. Smith said this is the list of vehicles people might end up seeing at someone’s personal residence. They include Sheriff’s Officers, the Coroner and public works employees.

The Board rescinded the fire ban ratified on October 15, 2016. County Manager Roger Baker said the County experienced warm and dry weather early in the month, but now has had some snow fall.

The next meeting of the Gilpin County Board of County Commissioners will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Gilpin County Courthouse, 203 Eureka Street, Central City.