Council endorses 1A, 3A

Council also

• Approved a liquor license renewal for Dark Horse Liquor.

• Approved a 3.2 percent beer license renewal for Safeway.

• Approved site modifications for the Kum & Go at 1302 W. Victory Way.

• Approved 3.2 percent beer license renewals for all Kum & Go stores in Craig.

• Approved a liquor license renewal for Apple Jacks Bar & Grill.

• Approved a new 3.2 percent beer license for Wal-Mart.

• Approved $94,188 for three upgrades to the water treatment plant. The money for the project is available in the budget for the current project to build a new treatment plant, Public Works Director Bill Earley said.

• Approved a project to upgrade the city's bulk water sales stations. The current system commonly malfunctions and eats customers' water cards, councilors said. The new system will use credit and debit cards, and feature a swiping card reader that does not keep cards inside the machine.

• Awarded a bid to All Around Recreation, of Denver, for Heier Park playground equipment. The equipment will cost $38,991, and came with a $13,900 discount. Parks and Recreation opened the bidding to several companies, using an unorthodox process that has companies submit their own designs, Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike said. The city is in the process of replacing all old playground equipment because of child safety concerns, Pike said. Heier Park will most likely have the new playground in spring 2008, Pike said.

• Read the introductions for the 2008 city budget and a resolution to raise utility rates for water and wastewater. The council will read them again at its next meeting, Nov. 13.

— By COLLIN SMITH

Daily Press writer

The council unanimously passed resolutions endorsing propositions 1A and 3A at its meeting Tuesday, just as Mayor Don Jones expected after the Craig City Council's Oct. 9 meeting.

The propositions going before voters in the Nov. 6 general election are tax initiatives that would provide additional funding for The Memorial Hospital and Moffat County School District capital construction projects.

Councilor Rod Compton voiced reservations at the last meeting but voted for the endorsements and said he would vote for the propositions in the general election.

The School District needs to focus more on improving the education inside the classrooms instead of the structure on the outside, Compton said in front of MCSD Superintendent Pete Bergmann at the Oct. 9 meeting.

"The bottom line is, and I've said this before, the (School District) buildings have to be fixed," Compton said Tuesday. "To vote against that is to say we don't care about our kids, and we don't care about the facilities they learn in."

Compton does not plan to abandon his concerns. However, he said he can see positives from the School District.

"I still think there are some issues that need to be addressed other than that," he said. "At least the School District is pointed in a direction to address some of those."

His concerns extended to the hospital, as well, Compton said.

When the project was first announced, he asked the TMH Board of Directors if its plan were to simply move what it had in the current hospital to a new building or to make more dramatic improvements.

Although the board answered it just wanted to move its facility to a new building - which is not what Compton wanted to hear, he said - its plans look to have changed.

Because TMH officials have made a priority of ensuring the new facility is upgraded enough to attract more and better specialized physicians, Compton sees no reason to stand against its proposition, he said.

Because the School District's and the hospital's goals are to better the community, Compton said he sees no reason to stand in the way of either.

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