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P.O. Box 1369
Gunnison, CO 81230

About Us

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.

District Information

Meeting Schedules and Agendas

Mission Statement

Goals and Objectives

Board Membership


Special Districts in Colorado

Service Plan

Records Retrieval Policy

District Information

District Manager
Mailing address
P.O. Box 1369
Gunnison 81230
Regular Board Meeting Information
Meeting Schedule

District Office
710 S. 9th Street
3rd Monday / 6:00 pm *
See Below

* 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
Mills Certified
For Levy In
Total Property Tax Revenue Received by District During the Last Year
Received in Fiscal Year
Names of District Board Members / Terms of Office

Ian Billick, Treasurer
David Clayton, President
Paul Wayne Foreman
Derrick L. Nehrenberg
Larry Parachini

May 2020
May 2020
May 2022
May 2020
May 2020
Date of Next Regular Election TBD
Terms to be decided at next election (3) 4-year Terms

Notice to Electors

2017 Annual Report to the Board of County Commissioners, Gunnison and Saguache Counties (PDF)

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Meeting Schedules and Agendas

The Board of Directors of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District will meet on the following dates during 2018.


The Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

January 16th Crested Butte, Board member work session 5:00 p.m.
February 20th Gunnison   
March 7th District Office, Gunnison. 7:00PM. Special Meeting Notice.
March 27th Gunnison (Revised, 4th Wednesday)
May 1st Crested Butte 
May 15th  Gunnison
June 19th Crested Butte
July 17th Gunnison
August 21st   Crested Butte
September 18th Gunnison
October 16th Crested Butte
November 20th Gunnison
December 11th Crested Butte  (2nd Wednesday)

For more information, please contact the District at 970-641-8725.


District Office
710 S. 9th Street
Crested Butte: 
Town Hall, Council Chambers
507 Maroon Avenue

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

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Mission Statement

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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Goals and Objectives

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.

Download GCMRD Goals and Objectives PDF

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Board Membership

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 taxable property.
32-1-103(5), 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 elected.

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.
24-18-109, C.R.S.

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), C.R.S.

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Special District Elections

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 8, 2018. At that time, two (2) directors will be elected to serve 4-year terms. Polling places will be located in Gunnison and Crested Butte.

2018 Election Information and Forms

Voter Eligibility:

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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Special 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 areas.

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.

Colorado Dept. Local Affairs
Special District Association of Colorado

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bulletAmended Services of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District

APRIL, 2001
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 below.


(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 below:

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 and sufficiently.

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 District.

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.

Met Rec Service Area


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 District.

3.2 Unincorporated communities. There exist within the boundaries of the proposed District the following unincorporated communities:
White Pine
Ohio City

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


6.1 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:
Badger Mountain
Monarch Pass
W Mountain
Crested Butte
Spring Creek
Fitzpatrick Mesa
Steuben Creek
Highway 50

(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 Plan.

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 “E”.


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. To supplement 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 percent (10%).

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