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Businesses gave money to Whittle the Wood

The Craig City Council re—-c–eived a Whittle the Wood Ren–dezvous report Tuesday evening from Parks and Rec–reation Dir–ector Dave Pike.

Craig businesses stepped up this year and donated more money than ever before for the Whittle the Wood event, Pike said. The Bank of Colorado and American Northwest Realty each made donations of $1,500, which helped offset some of the expenses of signing entertainment.

The total cost for Whittle the Wood was $28,763.38, with the City of Craig paying $13,963.88 from the general fund for the event. In 2005, the city paid $16,562 to put on the event.

In other action, the City Council held a discussion about proposed solid-waste rates.

Because of increased costs of fuel and landfill rates, expenses will increase for residents and businesses receiving trash-disposal services from the city.

Residential trash pick-up will climb by $3 a month, with $1 going to operating and maintenance costs, $1 to the recycling program run by the city and $1 for the increase in landfill fees.

The cost of emptying a Dumpster also will increase, with amounts being determined by Dumpster size.

A two-yard Dumpster will cost $3 more to empty each week, for a total of $10.72 a week.

A four-yard Dumpster will cost $6 more to empty each week, for a total of $21.43.

An eight-yard Dumpster will cost $12 more to empty each week, for a total of $42.90.

• Four local businesses received written warnings about serving or selling alcohol to underage people.

• Council approved $613,771.15 in city bills for June.

• Council approved a special-events liquor license for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 for the Moffat County Fair. Alcohol sales will be Aug. 5, 11 and 12 for concert and livestock sale and will be restricted to specific areas at the fairgrounds.

• Council approved a resolution authorizing Craig to establish the National Incident Management System as the basis for all incident management in the city of Craig.

• Council approved a grant agreement with Federal Aviation Administration for apron rehabilitation at Craig/Moffat County Airport. The rehabilitation cost is $625,166.