Lagoon could become business park

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A proposal to make 15.5 acres of abandoned sewer lagoon available for a business park will go before voters April 1 if the Craig City Council approves the question Tuesday.

The subject was broached in November by members of the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership who asked that the property be donated to the EDP so it can be advertised as available property for telecommunications businesses.

"I think it's the right use for that property," Councilor Tom Gilchrist said.

City charter calls for an election on any utility system property sold, although city attorney Sherman Romney said an election was not necessary in this case.

"The charter deals with the sale of city utility property and since this is no longer a part of the city's utility system, you have some flexibility," Romney said. "I think the city council can submit the question for election, but they don't have to if they determine the property has been abandoned as part of the water, sewer or other utility systems."

Despite that assurance, council members wanted Craig residents to give them some direction as to how to use that property and agreed to put it on the April 1 city ballot.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the city council will vote on a resolution that places the question on the ballot.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of Craig City Hall. The property has been out of use as part of the city's utility system for several years.

The EDP is considering plans to get the site "shovel ready," which includes $239,000 to $335,000 worth of prep work, which board members anticipate will be paid for using grant funds and potentially some in-kind services from the city and the county.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, Ext. 210 or by e-mail at ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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