Council schedules tobacco workshop |

Council schedules tobacco workshop

Youth tobacco use object of resident scrutiny

Jeff Swanson

Cigarette butts line the ground on corners outside of Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School, and many students don’t even make an attempt to hide the cigarettes in their hands as people drive by.

Nearly 40 percent of the state’s sixth through eighth graders have admitted to using tobacco products, with 28 percent starting before age 11.

And Craig isn’t immune to the state’s statistics on teen smoking.

As more youth use tobacco products openly, members of the Citizens Against Youth Tobacco Use (CAYTU) want the Craig City Council to get involved in an effort to prevent teen tobacco use.

Pres Askew, a member of the CAYTU, spoke to the Council Tuesday night about holding a workshop to discuss the city’s stance on a proposed tobacco ordinance. The group wants the Council to consider banning the possession of a tobacco product by anyone under the age 18.

Askew spoke of several cities throughout Colorado that already have a tobacco ordinance, and on April 24 at 6 p.m. he will present a proposed ordinance before the regular Council meeting.

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The Craig City Council made quick work of its first meeting of the new council Tuesday night.

The meeting began with the swearing-in of re-elected mayor, Dave DeRose, and Council members Bill Johnston and Don Jones. Natalie Alden was unable to attend.

Bill Johnson was nominated and elected pro-tem mayor, and accepted congratulations from fellow council members.

In other business, the Council:

Approved a liquor license renewal for the Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge and Monument Oil/Go Fer Foods.

Scheduled a public meeting for May 22 to consider a renewal of conditional use permit for an apartment at 9323 E. Victory Way

Approved vacating a portion of a street at 9th and Breeze streets.

The Council unanimously approved a request by Police Chief Walt Vanatta, allotting the department $50,000 to purchase furniture for the new offices at the Moffat County Public Safety Center. By changing manufacturers, the department reduced costs to $46,000, but Vanatta found another room that wasn’t figured into the original costs.

Vanatta said $50,000 should be enough to cover the total cost of furnishing the Public Safety Center, and he sees no future costs associated with furniture.

Unanimously approved a water line construction project contract with Anson Excavating and Pipe, Inc. for $310,571.50.

Heard the introduction of Ordinance 900, which amends the original waterworks ordinance that established a minimum elevation of new water taps below a water tank. The ordinance also sets the maximum length of service lines at 200 feet, and will affect residents near Langford and 13th streets, where low water pressure zones meet a high-pressure zone.

The ordinance will also affect residents who plan to build in subdivisions such as Doe Run, where some houses may extend beyond the 200 foot limit. DeRose proposed that more research be conducted on the issue so that the Council can decide whether to pass the measure, and whether established lots that are currently without water service will still be grandfathered under the current ordinance.

Approved an out-of-city water agreement for Michael and Victoria Crackel, who own property on the outskirts of Craig.

Water/Wastewater Department Director Joe Theaman presented his annual department’s annual report and discussed some of the different projects the department undertook in the last year. He concluded with a word of praise and thanks for his fellow Water/Wastewater co-workers, along with the employees of the City of Craig.

The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m., 37 minutes after it was called to order prompting some Council members to ask whether a new record had been set.

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