New development director has full plate

John Scarffe, Gilpin County.  A new Community Development Director started working for Gilpin County on November 13. Gilpin County Manager Leslie Klusmire announced hiring Stephen Strohminger as the new development director during a regular meeting of the Gilpin County Board of County Commissioners at 9 a.m. on October 31, 2017, at the Courthouse.


Klusmire told the Board he is a really good candidate. “We were fortunate to have two candidates that really shined and had to choose between them,” Klusmire wrote in her report to the Board.


“I have offered Stephen Strohminger – who is currently the planning and development manager of Aiken County, South Carolina – the position and he has accepted and will start on November 13,” Klusmire wrote. “Stephen is a seasoned county community developer with a wide range of knowledge and resources to help Gilpin County through the Colorado growth boom and all its associated impacts. We are excited to add his experience and insight to our management team.”


The Board confirmed and ratified the delegation of authority by the Gilpin County Board of Human Services to the County manager to supervise the director of the Gilpin County Department of Human Services. On January 1, 1998, the Gilpin County Board of County Commissioners approved a transition plan for the Gilpin County Department of Social Services, according to the resolution.


In the transition plan, the Board directed that the County Human Services director be supervised by the County manager, acting on behalf of the Board. The resolution confirms the delegation of the authority to the County manager to supervise the director of the County Department of Human Services.


Regarding an anonymous donor who wants to purchase land and donate it to the County for access to trails in the Rollinsville area, Board Chair Gail Watson said the County has agreed to have the county attorney work with the donor on title insurance and a survey.


Watson recommended asking the donor to purchase the insurance, but reserving $2,500 as a place holder for the County surveyor to survey it and take it out of the conservation trust fund. Can we do that? The County Attorney said that it sounds like it is within the intent of the trust fund.


Commissioner Ron Engel said that seems like it’s right down the middle of the alley of what it should be used for. Watson made a motion that the Board allocate up to $2,500 of that fund for the survey of the parcel that will be donated for access to forest land off Highway 119.


The Board approved the motion.


The Board met on November 14 and December 5, at the Gilpin County Courthouse, 203 Eureka Street, Central City.



(Originally published in the November 23, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)