Craig City Council recap for Aug. 25 | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig City Council recap for Aug. 25

Patrick Kelly

Craig City Council receives an update on Yampa Valley Regional Airport from Kevin Booth, manager.

Craig City Council did the following during their bi-montly meeting on Tuesday evening:

Consent Agenda:

• Tabled the vote for renewal of a 3.2 percent beer license for Walmart, 2000 W. Victory Way. The vote was tabled because Walmart was not represented at the meeting, and the store's license does not expire until Nov. 24.

Council Reports:

• Councilor Tony Bohrer asked local business owners to remember that although hunting season might only come once a year, it is a great opportunity to promote Craig and get hunters to come back year after year. Bohrer also reported that residents of Shadow Mountain Village were satisfied with the street, water and sewer reconstruction project.

• Councilors Joe Bird, city liaison to Craig Chamber of Commerce, and Derek Duran, city liaison to Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, both said the most recent meetings from their respective boards focused on economic development and planning.

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• Mayor Ray Beck said he had the opportunity to testify to representatives from the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management at a hearing about the federal coal leasing program Aug. 18 in Denver. Beck said the coal industry was well represented.

"I've got to tell you, we have a lot of support," he said.

Audiences:

• Moffat County Finance Director Mindy Curtis and Commissioner Chuck Grobe presented a draft scope of work document for the Moffat County Economic Development Administration Grant.

According to the draft, "The partners in Moffat County are seeking a well-qualified economic development firm or team to perform an economic assessment, a market analysis and create a resiliency action plan to take deliberate and measured steps to build economic resilience, industry diversification, job creation and job training and reemployment as outlined in a broader economic and workforce development strategy."

Grobe said it is a great opportunity that will provide definite direction but is going to take time and a lot of work.

Councilor John Ponikvar said initially he was concerned about studies being conducted and not producing results, but in the end he agrees that the grant can help the county.

• Kevin Booth from Yampa Valley Regional airport gave an update on the economic impacts of the airport.

YVRA had 96,000 enplanements in 2014 and expects the same number in 2015, which Booth said is good considering the airport had a 70-day closure for a $16.7 million repaving project. A 10 percent increase is expected in 2016, he said. The airport provides 3,034 jobs with an annual payroll of $104.9 million. In 2014, it sold 1.2 million gallons of fuel.

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