Craig City Council recap for Sept. 8 | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig City Council recap for Sept. 8

Patrick Kelly

Jim Michels from Craig Interagency Dispatch Center is joined by Todd Wheeler, fire management officer for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, and Colt Mortensen, interagency fire management officer, in addressing Craig City Council about bringing the single engine air tanker program back to Craig/Moffat Airport.





Jim Michels from Craig Interagency Dispatch Center is joined by Todd Wheeler, fire management officer for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, and Colt Mortensen, interagency fire management officer, in addressing Craig City Council about bringing the single engine air tanker program back to Craig/Moffat Airport.
Patrick Kelly

Craig City Council conducted the following business at its bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday night:

Consent agenda:

• Approved a special events liquor license for Yampa Valley Friends of the NRA for an event to be held on Oct. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 U.S. Highway 40.

• Renewed a 3.2 percent beer license for City Market at 505 W. Victory Way.

• Renewed a 3.2 percent beer license for Walmart, 2000 W. Victory Way.

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• Renewed a tavern liquor license for Cool Water Grille, 337 W. Victory Way.

Audiences:

• Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume provided the council with an update on Craig Fire/Rescue and its operations.

"Your fire department is strong, you should be proud," he said.

This year, Craig Fire/Rescue successfully challenged its Insurance Service Organization rating, which ranks the fire department's effectiveness in a given response area.

Hume said the previous evaluation was about 10 years ago and over that time, thanks to hard work of firefighters and support from the community, the rating improved by two points — a significant accomplishment.

Because this rating is factored into insurance premiums, Hume encouraged homeowners to ask their providers how it could affect their rates.

Other business:

• Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Board of County Commissioners of Moffat County regarding the use of Craig/Moffat Airport for BLM and Colorado Department of Public Safety Division of Fire Prevention and Control single engine air tankers, fixed-wing aircraft and firefighting helicopters.

• Jim Michaels and Colt Mortensen from Craig Interagency Dispatch Center, along with Todd Wheeler, fire management officer for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, addressed the council about using the airport as part of the Single Engine Aircraft Tanker program.

Michaels said there were at least five fires in Moffat County this season that could have benefitted from having a SEAT operate out of Craig/Moffat Airport.

It takes up to an hour for SEATs to fly in from Grand Junction and an hour and a half from Casper, Wyoming, he said.

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