Government update for Nov. 8

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Moffat County Commission

Last met: Monday, Nov. 3

Decisions:

• Awarded a $301,345 bid to Wagner Equipment Co., out of Hayden, for a Road and Bridge Department mechanical loader. The bid was the highest of three received. The lowest bid did not meet required specifications.

The second lowest bid, totaling $262,271, was dismissed because the dealer was not local, and service would have been a bigger issue than with Wagner, Commissioner Tom Mathers said.

Although the difference between Wagner's bid and the second lowest bid is steep, Mathers added, if you take out the better warranty and some vehicle options, Wagner's bid drops to about $282,000, and is "only an 8 percent difference."

Next meeting: Monday, Nov. 4

Agenda:

• 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence, consent agenda

• 8:45 to 9 a.m. General Discussion. Note that the Board may discuss any topic relevant to County business, whether or not the topic has been specifically noted on this agenda.

• 9 to 9:15 a.m. Lynnette Running, Human Resources

- Personnel Requisitions

• 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Ray Dubois, Trapper Mining Co.

- Request endorsement of National Mining Association position on clean coal

• 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Suzanne Brinks, Assessor's Office

- Present petition for Tax Abatement for Qwest Corporation

Craig City Council

Last met: Tuesday, Oct. 28

Decisions:

• Heard a presentation from Grand Futures Prevention Coalition on the dangers and abundance of underage drinking. Matt Beckett, Grand Futures director in Moffat County, asked the Council to consider a social host ordinance.

• Denied passing a motion to approve a special events liquor license for The Memorial Hospital at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig for Dec. 15. No one from either group appeared, and the motion died for lack of a second.

• Tabled approving a hotel and restaurant liquor license for El Ranchero Restaurant, at 337 W. Victory Way, until a Spanish/English interpreter could be brought to Council.

• Awarded a bid to All Around Recreation, LLC for purchase and installation of playground equipment at East Park.

• Approved a request to allow the Craig Water Department to sole source backwash pond No. 3 cleaning.

• Approved implementing revised penalty assessments for traffic offenses and infractions.

• Heard introduction of Ordinance No. 985, which would raise fees on residential and commercial trash collection.

• Heard introduction of Ordinance No. 986, which would raise water and sewer rates.

• Heard introduction of Ordinance No. 987, which would adopt the 2009 city budget. The Council questioned a $20,000 allocation to the Craig Police Department for purchase of a motorcycle. Police Chief Walt Vanatta said he would provide the council with more information at the next meeting.

• Heard a speedy September financial report form City Finance Director Bruce Nelson. He told Council that city sales tax collection is up, "which is nice, considering the economy." He also said that the water fund was "good," the wastewater and solid waste funds were "OK" and the medical fund was "excellent." Nelson said the city's year-to-date report was "pretty much on track."

Next meeting: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11

Agenda:

• Roll call

• Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence

• Approval of October bills

• Approval of agenda

• Consent agenda:

- Approval of a special events liquor license for The Memorial Hospital and the Boys & Girls Club of Craig for Dec. 15.

- Renewal of the retail liquor store license for Dark Horse Liquor at 1520 W. Victory Way. No cause shown for denial.

- Renewal of the retail liquor store license for Elk Liquor Store, Inc. at 1111 W. Victory Way. No cause shown for denial.

- Renewal of the hotel and restaurant liquor license for Ocean Pearl at 441 W. Victory Way. No cause shown for denial.

- Renewal of the 3.2 percent beer retail liquor license for Safeway at 1295 W. Victory Way. No cause shown for denial.

- Renewal of the tavern liquor license for the OP Bar & Grill at 534 E. Victory Way. No cause shown for denial.

- Renewal of the hotel and restaurant liquor license for Fiesta Jalisco at 410 Ranney St. No cause shown for denial.

- Renewal of the tavern liquor license for J.W. Snack's Gulf Coast Bar & BBQ at 210 E. Victory Way. No cause shown for denial.

• Audiences:

- Presentation from the Veterans.

- Discussions and reconsideration of granting a hotel and restaurant liquor license to Eutiquio Pereyra for El Ranchero Restaurant at 337 W. Victory Way.

- Public hearing to consider proposed city of Craig 2009 budget.

- Discussion with Darcy Trask, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership executive director, about the Office of Economic Development and International Trade state prospect No. 08-055.

• Other business:

- Award of bid for purchase and installation of tile and cove base for reception area of Craig Municipal Swimming Complex.

- Ordinance No. 985, an ordinance adopting new collection fees for residential and commercial refuse collection. FIRST READING.

- Ordinance No. 986, an ordinance amending Sections 13.48.010 and 13.16.010 of the Craig Municipal Code to increase the water and wastewater rates to provide sufficient revenues to maintain the balance of water and wastewater enterprise funds. FIRST READING.

- Ordinance No. 987, an ordinance adopting the 2009 budget and setting appropriations for the revenues and expenditures, and making and fixing the amount of property tax levies, for the city of Craig, Colo. For and during the period beginning the first day of January 2009, and ending the 31st day of December 2009. FIRST READING.

- Consider approval of a letter of support for a federal climate change policy from the National Mining Association.

• Staff reports

• City manager/city attorney reports

• Council reports

• Audience comments

• Executive session to discuss a personnel matter pursuant to C.R.S. 24-6-402(b)(II)(4)(f)(1).

• Adjourn

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