Craig City Council hears Shadow Mountain project update from Moffat County officials

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During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 7-0, February bills of $367,751.47.

• Approved, 7-0, a special events permit for Horizons Specialized Services to host “pick a dish” April 11 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

• Heard request from Debbie Belleville to invite a dance group from Mexico to participate in the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Centennial Mall in Craig.

• Awarded, 7-0, a $64,400 bid to Elam Construction for 2013 construction materials.

• Awarded, 7-0, a $22,507 bid to MacDonald Equipment for an emulsion sprayer.

• Awarded, 7-0, a $58,562 bid to Craig Ford for three, three-quarter-ton pickups.

• Awarded, 7-0, a $21,450 bid to Victory Motors for a half-ton pickup.

• Awarded, 7-0, a $24,100 bid to Rocky Mountain Machinery for a Kubota tractor.

• Awarded, 7-0, a $37,897 bid to Denver Industrial Sales for a melter/applicator.

• Awarded, 7-0, a $60,482 bid to Kut Kwik Corporation for a rotary mower.

• Approved, 7-0, Resolution No. 8 to honor and pay tribute to members of the medical profession.

• Approved, 7-0, Resolution No.9 approving the change of control of the cable franchise.

Approved, 7-0, Resolution No. 10 authorizing the city clerk to appoint election judges for the April 2 municipal election for a fee of $100 for the first day and $10.50 per each additional hour.

• Voted, 7-0, to postpone appointing a representative to the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado Board until after the April 2 municipal election.

• Approved, 7-0, Ordinance No. 1029 continuing a moratorium against the use or consumption of marijuana and marijuana products on commercial and industrial zoned properties.

• Approved, 7-0, a $7,797.18 bid from Dell for laptops for the water plant.

• Heard 2012 year-end report from Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta.

— Next week, officials from Moffat County and the City of Craig will travel to Brighton to meet with Department of Local Affairs officials about an energy assistance grant application for capital improvements to the Shadow Mountain subdivision.

With the deadline drawing near, Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe he feels confident about their chances to land the $1 million grant during a discussion about the project with Craig City Council.

“I think we have a real good chance going in,” Grobe said during a discussion about the project with Craig City Council on Tuesday. “I think a lot of people understand the situation we’re in.”

Grobe was joined Tuesday by Moffat County Developmental Services Director Roy Tipton, who said a preliminary feedback report from DOLA raised only one red flag — how to fund water and sewer line improvements from the mains to each individual home.

Those service line improvements are the responsibility of each Shadow Mountain homeowner, Tipton said, but the county already is looking into creating an improvement district to finance that portion of the project, estimated at $4,000 per residence, over a period of 20 years.

Tipton also said the county is scheduling two community meetings at 7 p.m. March 27 and April 10 at the American Legion to update residents about the project and to receive feedback about the proposed improvement district.

Council members Jennifer Riley and Joe Bird asked what kind of a reaction the county is expecting from Shadow Mountain residents and what the next steps would be if the county cannot acquire a loan for service line improvements.

“It’s going to be a tough sell for people because I imagine a lot of them will say, ‘My sidewalks are fine, my streets are fine, my sewer and water lines are fine. Why would I want to pay for this?’” Riley said.

Despite what some residents might think about the condition of their water and sewer service lines, Tipton said Shadow Mountain’s infrastructure was built to last for only 10 years.

“That was in 1974 and I think Bill (Earley, Craig Public Works director) would agree that those lines are in danger of imminent failure,” Tipton said.

Should any section of that infrastructure fail, Grobe said he thinks the cost to the city, the county and Shadow Mountain’s residents to replace it would be far greater than the project’s estimated $4.5 million price tag. That figure includes $2.5 million from the county to replace the subdivision’s gutters, curbs and streets, and $1 million from the city to replace the water and sewer mains. Officials hope the remaining $1 million would come from the DOLA grant.

“We think it makes sense to form the district and make the improvements,” Grobe said. “The more we educate people about the project the more people I think will support it because if we have a failure it’s going to cost a lot more than the project itself.”

The meeting with DOLA takes place March 21.

Though the city and the county will not receive a final decision about its grant application until April, Grobe and Tipton said they expect to get a good idea of where they stand after the meeting.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com.

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