Craig City Council delays decision about county airport

Craig City Council members made no decision Tuesday night on the county's request for $22,812.50, saying they'd discuss it at their September budget workshop.

The request was for the city's share of the Craig-Moffat County Airport's 2005 budget, which the city agreed in May to contribute to.

The budget was originally submitted with a request that would have made the city's share $31,687.50 -- the budget more than doubled from 2004 to 2005.

Since the budget was created, members or the airport advisory board have decided to delay some capital projects, putting the total amount requested nearer to what city officials expected.

"We can put capital expenditures off or move those down the road," Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele said.

Eliminating the expense of stripping and overlaying the runway trimmed $110,250 from the budget.

"We're delighted to have the city as a partner at whatever level it chooses," airport advisory committee member John Ponikvar said.

Council members signed an operating agreement in May that makes them responsible for paying half the operating costs for the jointly owned airport. But the agreement leaves the loophole -- for the city and the county -- to opt out if officials think the money isn't there.

The loophole is the product of the 1992 Taxpayers Bill of Rights, which doesn't allow any elected body to financially commit future boards. Thus, any funding is subject to each council's annual funding.

In other business, the council:

n Responded to an inquiry from Paula Terry, who asked whether she could set a sandwich board sign in front of her business, Oasis Tanning and Nails. She was told the sign was considered temporary and allowed if it's removed each evening.

n Renewed a retail store liquor license for Loadout Liquors Inc.

n Renewed 3.2 percent retail beer liquor licenses for the three Kum & Go stores in Craig.

n Tabled a presentation on the city's 2003 audit.

n Canceled a discussion about leasing office space in City Hall to the state water commissioner because an alternative had been found.

n Approved bills for August for $524,910.93

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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