From right, Craig City Council members Joe Bird, Kent Nielson, Ray Beck, Terry Carwile (mayor), Don Jones, Tony Bohrer and Jarrod Ogden.

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From right, Craig City Council members Joe Bird, Kent Nielson, Ray Beck, Terry Carwile (mayor), Don Jones, Tony Bohrer and Jarrod Ogden.

Moffat County Commissioner, Craig City Council April 22 recap

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At their regular Tuesday meeting Moffat County Commissioners:

• Accepted the highest bid offer at $20,155 from Craig Steel for a bridge decking project 3-0. They voted for the higher bid because it was only 2 percent higher than the lowest, and it would support a local business.

• Appointed two residents to seat positions for local boards 3-0. They appointed Nancy Loughran to the Council on Aging in an alternative seat. They appointed Stacey Razzano to a seat on the Housing Authority Board.

• Welcomed Julie Grobe, catalyst for the National Day of Prayer, to discuss declaring May 1, 2014 Moffat County Day of Prayer. The board approved the proclamation 3-0.

• Welcomed the Army National Guard to present on the National Guard training site munitions study. Representatives from the Army National Guard detailed the research they’ve done on the site and said they would be proceeding to determine how they should deal with the land. Although it’s not contaminated chemically, there are shells littering the field that should not be touched by civilians. “The next year we will be able to work on the proposed plans,” said Kevin Trabert, MMRP project manager. Until then they will be hosting public meetings and seeking input for what to do with the area: clean it up or rope it off.

Craig City Council April 22 meeting recap

At their bi-monthly Tuesday meeting, Craig City Council:

• Approved 7-0 a request from Carelli’s Restaurant and Pizzeria to modify their premises to accommodate an additional eating area.

• Approved 7-0 the renewal of the Tavern Liquor License for the Popular Bar at 24 West Victory Way.

• Welcomed Liane Davis-Kling, business teacher at Moffat County High School, to introduce five high school students who have been interning with State Rep. Bob Rankin. Juniors Calden Scranton, Tiffany Lingo and Treann Quick appeared before council. (Two students couldn’t make it to the meeting: Junior Christopher Kling and Freshman Pearl Wyman.) The interns attend governmental meetings and correspond with the state representative to keep him in the Craig loop, Kling said. City Councilmember Ray Beck congratulated the students for their work. “I think it’s great that you guys are doing this and partnering with (Rankin),” he said.

• Welcomed Cheerleading Coach Brittany Nielson to discuss a fundraising opportunity for the middle school and high school cheerleading squads. “We are in desperate need of funds because we haven’t had new uniforms in (nearly) five years,” she said. Nielson was clearing with council that her squad could stencil commissioned paw prints on the sidewalk in front of businesses and residents. City Manager Jim Ferree said he was sure that fundraiser would be fine as long as the paint wouldn’t track or make sidewalk cleaning difficult. Nielson said the prints would be $50 for a small one and $100 for a large print.

• Welcomed Neil Folks, representing Craig Rotary, to discuss raising money for the organization’s American flag holiday displays. He requested the city donate $75. Mayor Terry Carwile said that the council would be happy to contribute the money from their own pockets on behalf of the city.

• Approved 7-0 a resolution supporting the values presented by Trout Unlimited at the April 8 meeting. The values detail ways communities can work together to protect Colorado rivers and water.

• Reviewed the March 2014 financial report. “All and all, we’re still within budget,” said Bruce Nelson, finance director. Countywide sales tax revenues were nearly 9 percent behind the budget. City sales tax revenues were better, but still were behind 2.6 percent. Revenue from water sales were 5 percent behind what the city had budgeted for March. Wastewater funds were nearly 2 percent behind in the budget but sewer fees were exceeding expectations by being 24 percent ahead. The solid waste fund was 1.5 percent behind. The city acquired about $66,000 in landfill fees. So far in 2014, Craig has spent about 18 percent of its budget. While revenues haven’t been robust, none of those numbers were alarming, Nelson said.

• Reviewed the March water/wastewater report. Craig water processed just over 25 million gallons, which is lower than the average 30 million gallons. About 933,000 gallons of wastewater was treated per day and nearly 20,000 gallons of waste was received and treated.

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