The Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District was formed
on December 21, 1978, under the provisions of Part 8 of Article
1 of Title 32 C. R. S. 1973 for the purpose of providing television
and FM radio translator service within the confines of the District.
In 2000, the Board of Directors received approval from the Gunnison
and Saguache Boards of County Commissioners to expand the mission
of the District to include recreation, arts and cultural services.
Funding for the expanded mission began in 2001.
50% of all Lottery Funds received by the District are shared with other local governments to facilitate park and recreation services. $399,828 has been shared with local governments in the service plan area since 2001.
Meeting Schedules and Agendas
Goals and Objectives
Records Retrieval Policy
|LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTACT INFORMATION FOR:
GUNNISON COUNTY METROPOLITAN RECREATION DISTRICT
P.O. Box 1369
|Regular Board Meeting Information
710 S. 9th Street
3rd Monday / 6:00 pm *
|* Meetings scheduled on a holiday may be held on the following day.
|Designated Posting Place for 24-hour Meeting Notice and agenda
|Gunnison County Clerk's Office
221 N. Wisconsin Street, Gunnison
|Mill Levy Information
For Levy In
|Total Ad Valorem Tax Revenue Received by District During the Last Year
Received in Fiscal Year
|Names of District Board Members / Terms of Office
Derrick L. Nehrenberg
John H. Rees
|Date of Next Regular Election
||May 8, 2018
|Terms to be decided at next election
|| (2) 4-year Terms
2015 Annual Report to the Board of County Commissioners, Gunnison and Saguache Counties (PDF)
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Schedules and Agendas
The Board of Directors of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District will meet on the following dates during 2017.
Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.
|| Regular Meeting
|| Regular Meeting
The Board of Directors meets on the third Monday of each month, with the following exceptions: the December meeting will be held on the second
Monday to accommodate timely certification of mill levies to Gunnison and
For more information please contact the District at 970-641-8725.
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710 S. 9th Street
Agendas for upcoming meetings are posted no less than 24 hours prior to the meeting on the Gunnison County Clerk and Recorder's bulletin board located outside the Clerk's office at the Blackstock Government Center, 221 N. Wisconsin Street, Gunnison and on the bulletin board on the front of the District Office. If you wish to be added to an email list to receive agendas, please contact the District at email@example.com.
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The mission of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District is to provide television signals in an efficient manner within the District’s service area and to collaborate with and provide funding for park and recreation departments, authorities or other governmental entities, and non-profit organizations, when possible.
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1. The Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District will provide recreational media opportunities to constituents of the District by delivering exemplary over-the-air digital television signals within the service area.
1.a Continuously deliver consistent over-the-air digital television signals within the service area.
1.b Make provision for upgrades to the system as desired and practicable.
1.c Provide a phone line for constituents to reach the operations manager to report service issues and receive information about the system.
1.d Provide opportunities for advanced training to technicians regarding delivery of over-the-air digital television signals.
1.e Provide training opportunities for all aspects of work to be performed including but not limited to tower construction, maintenance and safety, on the job safety, including OSHA training, and safe operation of all motor vehicles.
1.f Keep current on developments in the over-the-air digital television field.
1.g Assure compliance with Federal Communications Commission regulations as they relate to transmission of low power television signals and regulations for communication sites located on U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, State and private lands.
1.h Assure communication towers are constructed and maintained in accordance with industry standards.
1.i Keep vehicles and buildings in good and safe condition.
1.j Promptly solve, or fix technical problems when safe to do so.
1.k To provide opportunities to local low power television and not-for-profit FM radio providers, and other organizations, to provide constituents a variety of media amenities.
2. The Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District will endeavor to provide support for recreation, arts and cultural based projects and programs.
2.a Cooperate with local governments to leverage receipt of grant moneys, including GOCO funds, for capital projects which serve the constituents of the District.
2.b When funds are available, provide for a grant funding cycle to support the recreation, arts and cultural projects of the citizenry.
2.c Cooperate with governmental entities and other organizations which provide recreation, arts and cultural activities of importance to the community and which are aligned with the mission of the District.
3. The Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District will listen to and consult with District constituents, providing the highest level of customer service.
3.a Establish sub-district committees as community interest dictates and
appoint Board representative(s) to attend committee meetings.
3.b Schedule agenda time at each meeting for concerned citizens.
3.c Respond to inquiries from constituents in a timely and professional manner.
3.d Inform constituents and municipalities of the services provided and the mission of the District and it’s accomplishments.
3.e The district web page will be regularly updated and kept current.
3.f Establish and maintain a social media presence.
4. The Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District will comply with all regulations governing Special Districts.
4.a The district will continually update knowledge of regulations from the State of Colorado, facilitated by membership in professional organizations.
4.b Opportunities for personnel and board members to stay current with positions, legislation, and regulations from the state will be given.
4.c The District Manager will assure compliance with regulations including timely filing of required documents.
4.d Educate Board members, managers and technicians using industry expertsand other educational opportunities, in order to consistently provide exemplary service and administration of the District.
5. The Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District board will be fiscally responsible assuring the District remains solvent, makes provision for future financial needs and meets statutory regulations governing special Districts.
5.a Annual budget will be developed and adopted in accordance with State statute.
5.b. Annual certification of mill levies will be made to Gunnison and Saguache Counties to meet the general operating expenses of the District.
5.c Monthly income and expenses will be reviewed and a monthly budget comparison report provided to the board.
5.d The accounts payable will be reviewed and approved by the board monthly.
5.e Bank accounts will be reviewed monthly by the treasurer including examination of transactions and fund balances. An independent copy of the checking account statement will be sent to the treasurer each month.
5.f An annual audit will be conducted by an outside accounting firm in accordance with State statute and board designation.
5.g Bank accounts will, preferably, be kept on the local level with close attention to the fund balance of each account and assuring fund balances do not exceed FDIC limits.
5.h The feasibility to de-Bruce will be reviewed annually.
5.i All land leases and the costs associated with each will be reviewed annually.
6. The Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District will maintain all facilities in good working order.
6.a Payments on district facility will proceed according to requirements of the lease purchase agreement. Efforts will be made to pay off the loan ahead of schedule by making pre-payments to the principal amount of the lease purchase agreement.
6.b All towers and buildings will be maintained and/or replaced to meet safety standards and comply with land owners specification.
6.c Efforts will continue to find translator sites that best meet the need of the district.
6.d Security systems will be put in place as needed.
6.e Multi-user agreements will be reviewed annually or as needed to comply with district policies and cost of maintaining sites.
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Qualifications: To qualify as a Director of a special district
(“District”), a person must be an “elector”,
defined as a registered voter of Colorado and either:
1. A resident of the District for not less than 30 days,
2. The owner (or spouse of the owner) of taxable real or personal
property situated in the District, or
3. A person obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase
Colorado Revised Statutes (“C.R.S.”)
Directors are elected to four-year terms, unless appointments have
been made to fill vacancies, in which case two-year terms may be
Directors are limited to two consecutive terms of office. Term
limits apply only to elected four-year terms, not to interim terms
that arise by appointment to fill a vacancy or to elected two-year
terms created due to a vacancy.
A Director has a general, common law obligation to the District
as a fiduciary. The Director has the duty to exercise the utmost
good faith, business sense and astuteness on behalf of the District.
A Director is prohibited from taking personal advantage of a situation
to benefit himself or prejudice the District.
Directors serving a term commencing after July 1, 2005 may receive
compensation not in excess of $1,600 per annum, payable not to exceed
$100 per meeting attended; 32-1-902(3)(a), C.R.S. No Director
shall receive any compensation as an employee of a District; 32-1-902(3)(b),
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Special districts in Colorado must hold regular elections on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May in even numbered years for the purpose of electing Directors to the Board and for the submission of other ballot issues or questions. 32-1-103(17), Colorado Revised Statues (“C.R.S.”)
The next regular election will be held on May 3, 2016 at which time 3 four year terms for Directors will be decided.
Persons entitled to vote at special district elections must be registered to vote in the State of Colorado * (CRS 32-1-806) and:
A resident of the district for not less than thirty days; or
The owner, or spouse of the owner, of taxable real or personal property situated within the boundaries of the special district; or
A person who is obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase taxable property situated within the boundaries of the special district.
* Registration Deadline (CRS 1-2-201(3): Electors shall be permitted to vote if the elector is registered to vote no later than 29 days before the election. To register to vote or to verify elector status, please contact the County Clerk and Recorder of the county in which you reside.
Fair Campaign Practices Act
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Districts in Colorado
The Met Rec District is a special District of the State of Colorado.
Special districts were first authorized in 1949 as a form of local
government to provide certain municipal-type services in rural and
unincorporated areas. Since then, more than 1400 special districts
have been created to provide park and recreation services, fire
protection and prevention, emergency medical services, drainage,
water, sanitation, hospital services, ambulance and roads to local
Colorado special districts have been instrumental in providing
the public infrastructure to meet the growing needs of the state’s
population in the face of increasing demands on cities and counties
to keep up with the ever-increasing needs for urban services.
Dept. Local Affairs www.dola.state.co.us/
Association of Colorado www.sdaco.org
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Services of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District
This Amended Service Plan is prepared and submitted pursuant to
Section 32-1-201 et. Seq. C.R.S. 1973 as amended. The original Service
Plan was amended by the addition of paragraph 1.9(b) as set forth
1. PROPOSED SERVICE.
(a) The proponents of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation
District propose to offer television and FM translator service
within the confines of the proposed District.
(b) Park & Recreation Service. The District shall have the
authority to provide park and recreation services and facilities
subject to compliance with all laws and regulations as set forth
1. The design, acquisition, installation, construction, operation
and maintenance of public park and recreation facilities or
programs including, but not limited to, a general recreation
facility, swimming pools and spas, tennis courts, exercise facilities,
bike paths, hiking trails, snowshoe trails, pedestrian trails,
pedestrian bridges, ski trails, pedestrian malls, public fountains,
sculpture, art, cultural facilities, botanical gardens, equestrian
trials and centers, picnic areas, skating areas and facilities,
common area landscaping and weed control, outdoor lighting of
all types, community events and other facilities together with
all necessary incidental and appurtenant facilities, land and
easements and necessary extensions of and improvements to said
facilities or systems. The District shall also have the authority
to provide park and recreational programs and cultural programs
and to maintain the facilities provided by the District.
2. The District may participate, with existing parks and recreation
districts and authorities or other governmental entities, in
the provision of park and recreation services by intergovernmental
agreement or otherwise.
3. The District may provide these services directly or by assisting
other governmental entities through cash payments, ownership
of land, provision of services, etc. Funding for construction
of any improvements or reestablishment of programs pursuant
to this authority shall be from existing District funds and/or
revenues or from additional funds and/or revenues which the
District acquires according to law.
(c) The authority of the District to provide the park and recreation
services set forth in paragraph 1(b) above are conditioned upon:
1. The District shall not directly administer or directly operate
the park and recreation services or facilities but shall contract
with existing park and recreation districts and authorities
or other existing government entities that have existing park
and recreation capability for such administration and operation.
This condition may be waived if there is no such district, authority
or entity which is willing to accept these administration and
operation responsibilities and the District finds that it can
provide these administration and operation services economically
2. The District shall, in the future, distribute one half of
such Conservation Trust Funds as it may collect after January
1, 2001 to the counties and municipalities in the District in
proportion to their respective populations, as per Conservation
Trust Fund guidelines.
3. When the District distributes any excess property tax revenues
it collects for non-radio or non-television recreational purposes,
it shall do so to the municipalities and counties, which excludes
specifically the Mt. Created Butte DDA, in the District in proportion
to their respective property tax valuations.
4. The District shall expeditiously establish two advisory
boards, one for the portion of the District encompassed by the
Crested Butte Fire Protection District and one for the remainder
of the District.
5. The District shall expeditiously establish two subdistricts
of the District, one substantially for the portion of the District
encompassed by the Created Butte Fire Protection District, and
the other for all or substantially all of the remainder of the
6. The District shall be authorized to expend funds designated
for expenditures for that portion of the District located in
Gunnison County without prior approval of the Board. Projects
affecting the District residents located in Saguache County
shall be brought to the attention of the Board for review.
2. PROPOSED SERVICE AREA. The proposed service area of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation
District encompasses all of Gunnison County excluding the Marble
area; and the northwest corner of Saguache County, Colorado. The
legal description of the proposed District and a map thereof are
attached to the original Service Plan.
3. EXISTING DEVELOPMENT.
3.1 Incorporated communities. The area of proposed District includes
the incorporated towns of Pitkin, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested
Butte, and the incorporated City of Gunnison. The area would also
include the newly incorporated Crested Butte South Metropolitan
3.2 Unincorporated communities. There exist within the boundaries
of the proposed District the following unincorporated communities:
4. POPULATION. It
is estimated that the permanent population of the area is as follows
based on 1990 census figures supplied by Gunnison and Saguache counties.
Gunnison County 10,209
Saguache County 250
5. ASSESSED VALUATION. The total net assessed valuation of property situated within
the District is as follows based on Assessed Valuations provided
by Gunnison and Saguache counties for the taxable year 2008.
Gunnison County $668,404,200
Saguache County $1,068,873
6. FACILITIES, EQUIPMENT AND COSTS
6.1 Facilities. The proposed District will not construct any
new facilities subsequent to its formation except as may be authorized
by paragraph 1(b) above. However, the Board of Directors of Gunnison
County Television, Inc. has promised to convey to the new District
their translator facilities, ground licenses or leases and FCC
licenses for the following sites:
(See Letter of Intent attached to the original Service Plan).
6.2 Equipment, licenses and leases. A detailed list of equipment,
licenses and leases to be conveyed from Gunnison County Television,
Inc., to the proposed District is attached to the original Service
6.2.1 Costs. There will be no cost to acquire the equipment,
licenses and leases from Gunnison County Television, Inc.
6.3 Formational Costs. It is estimated that the formational costs
of the District, including legal fees, will be $6,800.00. Gunnison
County Television, Inc. has agreed to pay those formational costs
incurred prior to election, and the budgets for the proposed District
for he operating years 1979 and 1980 contain line items totaling
$5,000.00 for the payment of the balance of the estimated formational
costs. A copy of those budgets is attached hereto as Appendix
7. FINANCING AND PROPOSED INDEBTEDNESS.
7.1 Mill Levy. Proponents of the District estimate that a total
of 1 mill will be levied against the assessed valuation of the
property lying within the proposed District for the purposes of
financing the yearly operations of the District. It is anticipated
that first tax revenues will be received in the first months of
the year 1980. Operations prior to that date will be financed
by continuing viewer contributions to Gunnison County Television,
Inc., and those funds collected from viewer contributions will
be donated to the District by Gunnison County Television, Inc.
viewer contributions during the year 1979, the proponents of the
District have anticipated borrowing monies on a short-term basis
in the amount of $5,000.00. The proponents anticipate that the
maximum interest rate to be paid on any loans taken would be ten
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