City Council approves liquor ordinance revisions

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The Craig City Council approved changes to a proposed ordinance to restructure its liquor license violation procedures at its meeting Tuesday.

The Council approved the ordinance's first reading, which differed slightly from the ordinance's introduction.

Walt Vanatta, Craig Police Department chief, said he discussed the proposed ordinance with the Colorado Municipal League and would like to adopt its recommended penalty schedule.

The Municipal League's schedule is "a little more lenient than what ours was," Vanatta said.

Changes are minor, he added.

Instead of a set amount of license suspension days to serve, as was in the city's original ordinance, the document at first reading allows a range for an administrative hearing officer to decide.

It also gives the officer discretion to hold the entire suspension time in abeyance pending another violation.

The Council plans to hear the ordinance's second reading at its June 24 meeting. If approved on second reading, the Council will adopt the ordinance and it will go into effect in the city.

At its Tuesday meeting, the council also:

• Set a public hearing for July 8 to consider renewing a conditional use permit for a residential apartment and outdoor motor vehicle, boat and recreational vehicle parking and/or storage at Northwest Storage, 4295 U.S. Highway 40.

• Proclaimed Craig an official "Relay for Life City" and July as Relay for Life Month in Craig.

• Approved a resolution declaring it in the public interest to acquire a lot roughly 12,500 square feet in size north of the Golden Cavvy on Yampa Avenue. The city will spend $55,000 to purchase the property, and it plans to pave the area and use it for downtown parking.

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance to rename tap fees as capital investment fees for water and wastewater taps. The ordinance also increases bulk water rates from $4.50 to $5.50 per 1,000 gallons and increases septic discharge rates to 8.7 cents per gallon for in-county residents and 17.4 cents per gallon for out-of-county residents.

• Approved a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration to accept their grant of $111,240 for the Moffat County Regional Airport terminal building project.

• Approved a plan presented by City Engineer Bill Earley to make use of a Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant for asphalt. The city received a cheaper price on asphalt than expected and had about $224,000 left over to spend on road projects. DOLA officials said they wanted their agency's grant money spent on road directly impacted by energy industry traffic, so Earley plans to spend the extra money putting a thicker overlay on First Street than originally planned. Earley said the road could "definitely" use the extra material.

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