Board approves county planning head’s salary |

Board approves county planning head’s salary

— Routt County’s new planning director will start work with a salary two steps above entry level. Caryn Fox will make $54,621 a year when she takes over the planning department from Ellen Hho is leaving May 5 to work part-time for the Regional Affordable Living Foundation.

The Board of County Commissioners approved the salary for Fox on Monday. Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said Fox’s 18 years of experience in the planning department merit the higher pay.

“During that time, she has been given positions that have increased her level of responsibility within the department and she is currently the assistant planning director,” Stahoviak wrote in an April 17 memo to commissioners Dan Ellison and Ben Beall.

Stahoviak said Fox’s familiarity with the planning department and her overall knowledge of Routt County is beneficial.

“I’m thrilled we had someone of Caryn’s caliber so we could fill the position from within without a long search. It was a great move on our part,” Stahoviak said Monday.

Fox is willing to step into what she called H”large shoes,” referring to the strides the outgoing planning director made with land preservation subdivision regulations and area plans.

“I’m looking forward to taking over and keeping the pace Ellen started,” Fox said.

Fox, who is married to local chef Michael Fragola, said the time was right to pursue the challenge now that their children are getting older and more independent.

In other action this week, the Board of County Commissioners:

* Held abatement hearings for eight residents who protested the value assessed on their properties. The board approved abatements for Lauretta Davidson and Donna Bledsoe, tabled a request by Daniel and Maureen Smilkstein and denied abatements for John and Marilyn Palmer, Kurt Bennett, Gary Eaton and Tony Cacciappo. The board denied a request by George Hussey but lowered his property value slightly.

  • Signed a lease agreement with the Funk gravel pit near Hayden paying $1,000 a year plus one dollar for every cubic yard of gravel mined
  • Signed an Independent Living plan for the Human Services department.

— To reach Michelle Bales call 871-4208 or e-mail

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