Otero County Commissioners in their regular Monday meeting heard the annual operating plan between the county and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

Otero County Commissioners in their regular Monday meeting heard the annual operating plan between the county and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. This agreement is signed every three years between counties who wish to participate and the state. By this agreement, a county can call for state assistance if a wildfire is getting beyond the control of the local fire departments who have agreed to help each other. Emergency Manager Danny Chavez can call in state assistance by contacting Joe LoBiondo, Regional Fire Management Officer, in Canon City. The operating plan was approved.

Lex Nichols presented an intergovernmental agreement between Crowley and Otero counties whereby Crowley County will take care of six and a half miles of County Road 25, except for bridge work, which is nearer to them. Otero County will take care of County Road 31 from State Highway 96 south 6.5 miles. Each county will take care of roads listed in the agreement, including maintenance of driving surface, proper drainage, sanding and snow plowing, as well as other necessary and needed maintenance to make the roads safe for public use. The commissioners signed the IGA, which had already been signed by the Crowley County Commissioners.

The commissioners signed off on a stipulation concerning a Decree in the Catlin Augmentation Association Inc. Case No. 2012CW94 in Water Court concerning use of water rights in recharging ponds and augmenting wells. County Attorney Mike Niklos advised the commissioners to do so, since the County's 1041 rights were recognized.

County Clerk Sharon Sisnroy had just returned from a conference in Canon City concerning auditing ballots under the new Dominion system. The system will be much easier to use than the current system, needing only 146 ballots to be pulled for the entire state. She will be the regional trainer for the Dominion System when a time is set up after the system is installed in June.

Commissioner Keith Goodwin reported the regular chip-sealing and tree trimming of the Road and Bridge Department is getting set up for summer. A Denver Conference on Child Welfare was called off because of the snowstorm, stranding him overnight in Denver.

Kevin Karney participated with County Administrator Jean Hinkle in conference calls with the state concerning transportation issues. An increase in the state sales tax of six cents on a $10 purchase, .62 per cent, is being proposed at the state legislature. In exchange the state will lower vehicle registration fees (probably by eliminating the county's share).