Craig City Council April 8 meeting recap

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At their regular bi-monthly meeting Tuesday night, the members of Craig City Council:

■ Welcomed Richard VanGytenbeek from Trout Unlimited. VanGytenbeek asked the council to support his organization. “We work to preserve, enhance and protect Colorado cold-water fisheries,” he said. VanGytenbeek said Trout Unlimited’s approach brought together the ideals of private landowners, sportsman and conservationists.

“Our focus really is on the agricultural, the tourism and the recreational communities,” he said.

VanGytenbeek asked the council to consider passing a resolution or writing a letter of support that would back the goals and values of Trout Unlimited.

While complimentary and enthusiastic about aspects of Trout Unlimited, the council set aside that conversation for another meeting.

■ Welcomed Nancy Kramer, program coordinator for the Community Agriculture Alliance, to discuss updates to the Cultural Heritage Tourism program. She shared her expectations for an upcoming project, the Northwest Colorado Energy Trail. The trail would involve building a network of trails with signage that could help tourists better understand the significance of the energy industry within the state’s history.

“Hopefully, we can get it kicked off this year,” Kramer said.

■ Approved, 6-0 (City Council member Joe Bird was absent), declaring April “National Safe Digging Month” on behalf of Atmos Energy. The declaration is intended to bring awareness to destruction of utility infrastructure that happens if excavators and homeowners don’t take the necessary precautions.

■ Approved, 6-0, the extension of a curb and gutter contract with Anson Excavating.

■ Approved, 6-0, a memorandum of understanding with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the University of Colorado Denver and the city of Craig to work together on downtown façade concepts.

The project would cost $3,800 with the city contributing $1,900. The money would go toward bringing designers in to develop concepts for business fronts, particularly on Yampa Avenue. This would give business owners the chance to envision what their building could look like with a face lift.

Councilmember Tony Bohrer supported the idea but expressed hesitation since businesses still would have to pay for the actual façade. “Are the downtown businesses ready to go pocket deep?” he said.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com

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