City council purchases trash truck, fixes curbs

The Craig City Council approved the purchase of a trash truck during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The total cost is $201,449. However, thanks to an $86,000 Department of Local Affairs grant, the burden to taxpayers is $115,449.

The trash truck bid was awarded to two companies.

The council approved $107,867 to Faris Machinery, which will build the truck's body and customize it so it will fit in the alleys of Craig. The cab and chassis will come from Rush Truck for $93,582.

City officials said buying the truck parts separately will save the city money.

Randy Call, director of the city's Road and Bridge Depart--ment, said that prices have jumped on trash trucks since 2004, when the city purchased a truck for $160,000.

Two other companies that bid on the truck were eliminated.

Council members eliminated one company because the trucks it offered are too big for Craig's alleys. The other company was eliminated because its trucks have a history of needing repairs; the company also is facing bankruptcy proceedings, city officials said.

Council members also awarded bids for curb and gutter work Tuesday night.

The city awarded APH Con--stru----ction $41,002 to repair and improve gutters at the Bad to the Bone, 572 Breeze St. GJK Construction and Anson Excavating also bid on the project.

Council members also awarded a bid to Elam Construction for $280,000 for paving projects the city has planned this summer. City officials said the company submitted the lowest bid.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

The City Council also approved:

A letter that is required for the city to keep eligibility for Department of Local Affairs money. The letter requires the council to report the number of reports made to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office, on people under custodial arrest suspected of being in the United States illegally each year by March 1 to the legislative council of the General Assembly.

A resolution appropriating grant and matching funds in the Greater Routt And Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team fund.

Easements for Yampa Valley Electric Association to move three electric lines on city property near Elkhead Reservoir that are in the way of the construction project currently under way.

Renewal of a hotel and restaurant liquor license for Bad to the Bone, 572 Breeze St.

Renewal of a hotel and restaurant liquor license for Casa Loya Restaurant, 351 Ranney St.

Renewal of a retail liquor store license for Gillam Inc. for Stockman's Liquor, 574 Pershing St.

Renewal of a tavern liquor license for Mathers' Bar, 420 Yampa Ave.

A variance for a front-yard setback on an addition at 1294 W. Fourth St.

An off-street parking and landscaping plan for an addition at 1294 W. Fourth St.

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