Craig City Council lends support to energy education program

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

• Approved, 7-0, minutes from the May 10 meeting.

• Approved, 7-0, Tuesday’s meeting agenda.

• Approved, 7-0, a request for a retail liquor store license for Eastside Liquor at 539 E. Victory Way.

• Approved, 7-0, a request for a special events permit by Craig Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Colorado Chapter Parrot Heads for a beer garden at Whittle the Wood Rendezvous June 18.

• Tabled a request for a 3.2-percent retail beer liquor license for Mini Mart, Inc., because of a lack of representation for the business.0

• Approved, 7-0, the rules and regulations and tie-down policy for Craig/Moffat Airport.

• Presented a $1,000 Citizens Academic Scholarship to Moffat County High School senior Amy Whilden. Whilden plans to use the money to attend Colorado Northwestern Community College and study early childhood education.

• Approved, 7-0, the first reading of Ordinance No. 1014 to amend Section 8.02.130 of the Craig Municipal Code regarding failure to pay administrative penalties.

• Approved, 7-0, a memorandum of understanding for the Governor’s Energy Office Energy Performance Contracting Program.

• Heard from resident Mark Nielsen, who addressed the Council about a dispute with the Parks & Recreation Department.

On Tuesday night, the Yampa Valley Partners’ Regional Energy Education Plan got a little more energy behind it.

The Craig City Council voted, 7-0, to endorse the plan put forward by the Northwest Colorado Energy Steering Committee, a group of 21 representatives from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco Counties promoting the importance of learning more about the viable energy options within the region.

The plan is based around four goals: lowering building energy use, increasing use of multi-modal transportation systems and alternative fuels, waste minimization (through recycling and composting), and educating homeowners on energy sources so residents can make informed decisions.

Kate Nowak, YVP’s executive director and the committee’s facilitator, presented the steps of the plan to the council members, emphasizing the simple steps the committee intends to take in the process, such as building a dialogue about energy efficiency in large buildings, promoting the use of public transportation and carpooling, and familiarizing communities about government incentives such as Colorado’s Greening Government Program.

“I think there’s a lot of interest out there,” she said. “There seems to be a lot in the news on energy conservation and efficiency and we hope to carry that to the next level.”

Nowak’s presentation included the Smart Energy Living Pyramid as a model of how the average person can use the energy at their disposal.

The top consists of renewable energy, the middle is practicing energy efficiency, while the base is energy conservation.

Nowak said energy consumption

levels nationwide are projected to grow exponentially in the next 20 years, but the problem isn’t uniquely American.

“They’re going to rise throughout the world,” she said.

Nowak said industrial growth in Asian countries has gone up considerably, an indication of why being conscious about energy is so vital.

Nowak has presented the details of the plan for government entities in Steamboat Springs, Rangely and Hayden. She approached the Moffat County Commission about it in March.

With the Craig City Council’s added support, she will move on to the Hayden Town Council June 14.

In the meantime, Nowak is looking for public input about the project. A copy of the Energy Education Plan is available at yampavalleypartners.com.

She will also host the 5:05 Drinks Program June 9 at The Galaxy Restaurant, 524 Yampa Ave.

“I encourage people to come out and tell us what they think we should work on first in Moffat County,” she said.

Mayor Terry Carwile, who is also a member of the Energy Steering Committee, said he was enthusiastic about the work Nowak had put into the project.

“You’ve turned this into a very well-oiled machine,” he said.

Council member Jennifer Riley concurred.

“This has shown a lot of progress,” she said. “I think it’s exciting.”

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