The Moffat County Commission and the Craig City Council have made progress recently towards coming to an agreement on a lease for the Craig Police Department's space in the Moffat County Safety Center. The department's lease is up in August.

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The Moffat County Commission and the Craig City Council have made progress recently towards coming to an agreement on a lease for the Craig Police Department's space in the Moffat County Safety Center. The department's lease is up in August.

City, county moving closer to safety center agreement

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At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 5-0, awarding a bid to the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads to provide concession services for alcohol during the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. The organizations will give 34 percent of net profits after expenses to the city. Council members Gene Bilodeau and Don Jones abstained.

• Approved, 7-0, a bid from Coast to Coast Concrete to install an epoxy floor system at the pool bathhouse for $9,220. The bid is contingent on staff checking references.

• Approved, 7-0, a request to be a government sponsor for the Colorado Coal & Power Conference at a cost of $1,000.

• Approved, 7-0, Resolution No. 6 regarding an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Craig and the Colorado Department of Transportation to take advantage of a grant for building sidewalks in the vicinity of Sandrock Elementary School and Craig Middle School.

The City of Craig and Moffat County have moved a step closer toward an agreement on lease space at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, Craig City Council member Gene Bilodeau said Tuesday night.

The city and county have discussed a two-year deal for the Craig Police Department’s continued use of the safety center at $60,000 per year.

Bilodeau informed the city council of the new development in city and county negotiations during Tuesday night’s regular council meeting.

The city’s current lease with the county expires in August.

The city has received free rent at the safety center for almost 10 years in exchange for providing the land the center was built on for free.

No official action was taken on the safety center lease Tuesday night.

Bilodeau said he was looking for feedback from the council.

“What we’re looking at doing is giving the county some type of response to where we’re at right now,” he said.

Bilodeau said the Moffat County Commission will go through a similar process.

Audrey Danner, who represents the county in negotiations, was absent from the commission’s regular meeting Tuesday and the issue was not addressed.

Council member Don Jones said the money the city would pay in rent would cover all utilities, snowplowing and other expenses related to the safety center. The city’s only expense would be the police department’s Internet line.

“If utilities double next year or a boiler goes out, the county’s taking all that (expense),” Jones said. “I think that’s the best we can expect for the circumstances.”

Bilodeau told the council that he and Jones were pushing for a long-term lease, but county officials are “standing firm” on a two-year agreement.

Council members authorized Bilodeau and Jones to move forward with negotiations.

“This has gone on long enough,” council member Byron Willems said. “Sixty-thousand dollars is something we can live with.”

Council member Ray Beck said he preferred at least three years on the lease, but the price is reasonable.

Council member Jennifer Riley expressed interest in having a stipulation on what the city’s money would be used for. Bilodeau said he would bring it up, although he wants to avoid stalling negotiations because of it.

Craig City Attorney Kenny Wohl told Bilodeau the “devil is in the details” and advised that it’s too early to get lawyers to start drafting leases.

“You’re beginning now, you’re not finishing,” he said. “I think what we need is some agreement between the negotiators for the city and county with instructions for the lawyers (about), ‘This is what we expect to see in an agreement.’ Then we can do it.

“I would get into as much detail as you can because that’s the only way we can know what to draft.”

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Comments

lonelyone 3 years, 7 months ago

60K per year is a great deal. And it covers utilities?? Sounds to me like you all should jump on this offer!

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