Government update for Jan. 24

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Craig City Council

Last met: Jan. 13

Decisions:

• Approved, 6-0, purchasing a $19,575 motor grader wing attachment for the Road and Bridge Department from Wagner Equipment Co.

The purchase was not put out to bid.

Randy Call, city Road and Bridge Department director, said Wagner is the only local retailer for Caterpillar parts, which is the same make as the motor grader.

Although the city has never purchased a wing attachment before, Call said the item could prove well worth the expense. It will allow one grader to do the work of two in the same amount of time, which will cut down on overtime and make city crews more efficient.

Councilor Byron Willems was not present at the meeting.

• Approved, 5-0, a $122,820 bid award to Craig Ford for four Craig Police Department patrol vehicles.

Craig Ford submitted the low bid and was the only bidder to meet required specifications. Cook Chevrolet and Victory Motors also submitted bids.

The city will purchase four 2009 Ford Expedition Special Service Vehicles with extended warranties.

Councilor Gene Bilodeau abstained from the vote because the Police Department agreed to donate three of the old patrol vehicles to Colorado Northwestern Community College, where Bilodeau works, for its Law Enforcement Academy in Rangely. In return, the Police Department will get some free training and access to a new driving track.

• Approved, 6-0, an $80,000 contract with Denver-based Stantec, Inc. for a citywide transportation master plan to be completed by July 1. The city sent out bid requests to five companies and Stantec was the only one to respond.

• Approved, 6-0, a special events permit for Craig Rotary Club for its Diamonds and Spurs Dinner Dance on Jan. 24 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion.

• Approved, 6-0, retainer agreements with attorneys Jim Moylan and Lynaia South Orr to serve as hearing officers for Craig Liquor License Authority. They will be paid $200 an hour plus mileage.

• Approved, 6-0, the second reading of an ordinance amending outdoor vendor regulations.

• Approved, 6-0, the first reading of an ordinance amending the city's junk regulations.

• Approved, 6-0, a retail warehouse storage permit for Eastside Liquor, 539 E. Victory Way.

• Approved, 6-0, renewal of a tavern liquor license for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4265, 419 E. Victory Way.

• Approved, 6-0, a sketch plan for Highlands Subdivision requested by DCS, Inc.

• Approved, 6-0, the construction of a 50-foot Union Telephone monopole at the company's facility at 345 Mack Lane.

• Approved, 6-0, a conditional use permit for a single-family dwelling in a light industrial zone district at 1536 E. Victory Way.

• Approved, 6-0, a resolution designating the City Hall foyer as the official place for posting notice of any meeting as required under the open meetings law.

• Approved, 6-0, a resolution declaring the Daily Press as the city's official newspaper.

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

Agenda:

• Roll call, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

• Approve Jan. 13 meeting minutes

• Approve agenda

• Consent agenda:

- Approve renewal of the hotel and restaurant liquor license for Cugino's, 572 Breeze St. No cause shown for denial.

- Approve renewal of the tavern liquor license for the Golden Cavy, 538 Yampa Ave. No cause shown for denial.

- Approve renewal of the hotel and restaurant liquor license for the Holiday Inn, 300 S. Highway 13. No cause shown for denial.

- Request for approval of a site plan for a remodel and addition to Tri-State Equipment Co., 3025 W. Victory Way.

• Audiences:

- Chief Keith Ikeda, of Basalt, representing the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, will present the Craig Police Department with a Professional Standards Accreditation Plaque.

- Presentation from Philo Shelton, Steamboat Springs public works director, regarding Steamboat Springs Transit operations and budget.

• Other business:

- Award 2009 chemicals bid for the water/wastewater department.

- Consider approval of a proposal from Intermountain, Inc., for submersible pump and pipe installation.

- Ordinance No. 989, an ordinance amending Title 8 (Health and Safety) of the Craig Municipal Code concerning junk. Second reading.

- Award 2009 computers bid to Dell and plotter to H.P.

• Staff reports

• City manager/city attorney reports

• Council reports

• Audience comments

• Adjournment

Moffat County Commission

Previous meeting: Jan. 19

Decisions:

• Approved, 3-0, the January supplemental budget request, which included only one deduction to county contingency reserves: the Museum of Northwest Colorado will increase its Museum Director line item by $420.60 to correct an error made on the 2009 budget.

The supplemental also effectively approved The Memorial Hospital's 2009 budget. The hospital submitted a draft budget, which the county approved in December, but did not submit a final budget until recently.

The hospital's final budget presented the following changes to the draft:

- Reduce property tax revenue by $6,128

- Increase charges for service by $19,233

- Increase salaries and fringe by $189,919

- Reduce operating by $37,844

• Approved, 3-0, waiving the normal bid process for a new security system for the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Museum Director Dan Davidson said that Steamboat Springs-based Western Security Systems is the only provider in the area, and so he was unable to get more than one bid.

Initial estimates put the new system's cost around $6,500, Davidson said.

• Approved, 3-0, a three-year mineral lease with Samson Resources for 26.7 acres at $110 an acre. The lease will pay $2,900 to the Museum of Northwest Colorado, which owns the minerals, as well as a three-sixteenths royalty on production.

• Approved, 3-0, two division orders to allows energy companies to begin producing natural gas.

Montana-based Beartooth Oil & Gas will produce gas on 160 acres north of town, and pay about a 16.7 percent royalty on production.

Texas-based J-W Operating Co. will produce gas on about two-tenths of an acre in the town site of Great Divide, and pay a .009 percent royalty on production. Jeff Comstock, county Natural Resources Department director, said the royalty was so low because the county owns a fraction of the minerals.

• Approved, 3-0, a conditional use permit with Tarango Group, LLC, to build a leased automatic custody transfer pipeline terminal facility north of Craig on County Road 2. The structure will accept natural resources by truck and then pump them into an existing pipeline.

The county set two conditions: that Tarango build a soil berm around the facility's tank big enough to hold the tank's 400 barrels of oil if a leak occurs; and to paint the building in the same colors as the surrounding environment.

The county also will inspect the site after six months and one year of operation.

Previous meeting: Jan. 20

Decisions:

• Approved, 2-0, a three-year contract with the city of Craig for trash pickups during its second meeting of the week Tuesday.

The contract is for $1,132.45 a month in May through November, with additional fees for hunting dumpsters around the county and extra trash pickups.

Commissioner Tom Mathers was absent.

• Approved, 2-0, a certificate of designation for the Great Divide Disposal Facility to begin operating north of Craig. The business will dispose of brine water waste taken from natural resource wells in the area.

Next meeting: Tuesday

Agenda:

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

• Consent agenda:

Review and sign following documents: Voided warrants resolution, quarterly reimbursement for Office of Emergency Management, contract for Spanish/English Interpretation/Translation services, TANF contract with Boys & Girls Club of Craig, DOLA grant contract for ambulance replacement, contract extension for board training services, office supply contract with Staples, memorandum of understanding between the Moffat County Library Board of Trustees and Moffat County Human Resources Department, resolution for Tri-State pollution bond finalization.

• 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 the agenda.

• 9 to 9:15 a.m. Discussion with Jennifer Riley, of the retirement board

- Present retirement plan restatement to submit to the IRS

• 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Discussion with Bill Harding, Moffat County Veteran's Services Officer

- Present program report

• 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Discussion with Suzanne Brinks, of the assessor's office

- Discuss revenue sharing from Visual Lease contract

• 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. Discussion with Bill Mack and Linda DeRose, of the road and bridge department

- Present bid recommendation on pick-up purchase

- Monthly report

• 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Discussion with Jo Reed, of human resources

- Personnel requisition

• 10:45 to 11 a.m. Discussion with The Memorial Hospital

- Present memorandum of understanding between TMH and Moffat County regarding disposition of the old hospital building.

• 11 to 11:15 a.m. Discussion with Darcy Trask, of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership

- Request letter of support from the commissioners regarding USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program

• 11:15 to noon. Discussion with county attorney Kathleen Taylor

- Possible executive session to be requested to conference with county attorney regarding legal advice on litigation issues

The agenda is subject to change until 24 hours before scheduled hearings. The board may alter the times of the meetings throughout the day, or cancel or reschedule noticed meetings.

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