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Council acts on ACET budget, college funding

Collin Smith

At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 7-0, the first reading of the city's 2010 budget.

Before the vote, Councilor Jennifer Riley said she would like the council's vote to include a statement that the city is prepared to cease funding the All Crimes Enforcement Team task force unless some of its concerns about the agency are settled.

Riley added that she does not think ACET should be shut down.

Several councilors agreed with her on both points, but they said the city could stop funding ACET at any time without a formal vote Tuesday.

The statement about ACET's future was not included in the final motion and not voted on by the council.

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• Approved, 5-0, contributing $10,000 a year, from 2011 to 2015, to Colorado Northwestern Community College's construction of a career and technical education center at its new Craig campus.

Councilors Gene Bilodeau and Terry Carwile, both affiliated with the college, recused themselves from the vote.

• Discussed the impact of moving the 2009 Homecoming Parade route away from traveling south down Yampa Avenue and instead starting at City Park and going west on Victory Way.

Business owners along downtown Yampa Avenue addressed the council last week and said the old parade route was important to their business.

At Tuesday's meeting, Mayor Don Jones told Downtown Business Association representative Caroline Dotson that the council as a whole supported keeping the old route for the foreseeable future, despite city staff and police concerns expressed previously.

Road and bridge and law enforcement officials had stated they felt the new parade route was safer and that it cost less time and money to set up.

Moffat County High School student council members addressed the council after the mayor spoke and suggested the city start parades at the park, but travel west on Sixth or Seventh streets and down the Yampa Avenue business corridor.

Councilors said they would consider the idea.

• Approved, 7-0, a $147,375 bid from Craig-based APH Construction to remodel the basement floor of Craig City Hall to make room for additional offices and staff rooms.

However, APH was not the low bidder.

The lowest bid was submitted by Sound Construction, of Steamboat Springs.

Robert Ralston, who is the architect for the remodel project and also based in Steamboat, said it would not be ethical to award the bid to a company that was not the low bidder because the contract did not state the city would give a preference to local companies.

"You put me in a really rough spot with contractors and people who bid on your work," he said.

Later, he added, "You normally take the low bid. That's the bidding process."

Riley said low bidders do not always get the bid for a variety of reasons, such as past work history. This bid was no different.

She added there isn't a local preference policy because locals aren't always considered first for every job.

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