A Message from the Board of County Commissioners
As our entire country is undergoing profound changes and unrest at this time, we would like to acknowledge the struggles of all minority and underserved populations. Government is here to serve and represent the people. That is our pledge to you, that we see you and are here to serve you.
We would like to take this opportunity to share with you what we are doing currently during this COVID-19 crisis and how we are engaged in recovery planning. On Friday, March 13th we declared a disaster emergency and closed all public buildings. The most current resolution extends the disaster declaration through June 30th. As of June 8th, Gilpin County has four known cases of COVID-19. We have begun community testing for symptomatic residents. Call our Public Health coordinator, Bonnie Albrecht, to make an appointment: 303.582.5803 x3113.
We continue to hold online meetings on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. that the public is welcome to attend. We are also available on Thursdays when needed. You can access the meeting information and how to attend on our Commissioners’ webpage.
The county has this past week received a variance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for the casinos to undertake re-opening in a very limited manner beginning June 17th. Should this be successful and no outbreaks of COVID-19 occur, the casinos will be able to increase their offerings to the public.
We are in the process of re-opening our offices, most notably on the first floor of the old courthouse where appointments are required for services with the Assessor, Clerk & Recorder and Treasurer’s departments. We require all staff who work in a county building to practice safe distancing, wear face masks when serving the public and monitor their health closely.
If you have food insecurity, please contact Human Services at 303-582-5444 and they will provide a box of food for you at your doorstep if you are unable to go to the drive-through Food Bank on Thursdays. If you are a senior in need, please call 303-515-4292 to sign up for the Meals on Wheels program. If you have kids there is additional food available through the Food Bank or the Back Pack Program. If you need any other county service, please send an email or leave a message and we will call you back. While we are working on reopening our offices safely, the County is open and here for you.
For our residents who have lost jobs due to this pandemic, please apply for unemployment insurance immediately. The website is often overwhelmed by volume so save your work frequently.
We all need to be patient and situationally aware while we await a vaccine and treatments for the COVID-19 disease. We can do this and be successful but it takes all of us. Thank you!
Ron Engels, District 1
Linda Isenhart, District 2
Gail Watson, District 3