Council debates water ordinance

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Members of the Craig City Council continued a discussion on modifying water service regulations, approved a precedent-setting planning and zoning motion and approved the county's right to enforce a model traffic code ordinance within city limits Tuesday night.

As council members debated the water ordinance, Councilor Joe Herod said he wants to encourage growth and development in Craig, and other members agreed.

Mayor Dave DeRose's proposed changes to the city code would allow construction at higher elevations than the required 80 feet below the bottom of the city's water storage tank, but would place responsibility for water pressure on builders.

DeRose said those changes would allow all able to be developed land in Craig to be developed.

Jim Ferree, city manager, said the state health department had not yet responded to inquiries regarding master meters -- a concept that would in theory release the city from any liability for residual chlorine levels beyond the meter.

The council passed a motion to rewrite the ordinance and will have a second reading at its next meeting.

The council also approved a request by Toby Spikes by of Action Motor Sports, LLC to open his new facility for business before having laid the asphalt and completed the landscaping in his initial plan. Spikes is required to submit his budget and provide the city with sufficient funds to complete the work should he fail to meet his revised obligations.

In other business, councilors approved the county's right to enforce a new traffic ordinance within city limits.

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