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Ironclad receives reprieve

Craig trailer park to remain open until at least Oct. 1, 2002

BY JEFF SWANSON
Daily Press writer
George May got his wish.
May, owner of the Ironclad Trailer Park at 1664 Yampa Ave., received one last extension from the Craig City Council after complying with a completion of the majority of work that needed to be done.
City Building Inspector Dave Costa recommended the extension after May completed work on the park’s streets, lighting, fencing and landscaping.
May still needs to complete paving on a cul-de-sac, install a watering system, complete fence construction and finish landscaping.
The Council approved an extension for May with the stipulation that the trailer park be in 100-percent compliance by Oct. 1, 2002.
“You understand that this is your last chance,” Councilor Bill Johnston said. “I want to make sure that this is extremely clear to you, because if you come back and don’t have everything done, I can already tell you what my vote will be on October first.”
May agreed to the city’s offer, and promised that work would be 100-percent completed by the agreed-upon date.
“We will get it done, and I appreciate you taking the time to listen to us,” May said.
Despite the agreement, Councilor Don Jones said that he foresees problems with the agreement despite the work that has already been completed.
“I have a pretty good idea what we are going to go through again in October,” he said. “It is really too bad that it has had to come to this. We have given you extension upon extension, and it takes threatening to close the park down to get anything done.
“You have the chance to keep it open, but it is going to be up to you to do it,” he said. “I just personally don’t see it happening.”
The Council also heard the introduction of Ordinance No. 907, which would amend the Craig Municipal Code to increase water and wastewater rates to provide sufficient revenues to maintain the balance of the water and wastewater enterprise funds.
City Manager Jim Ferree has recommended a 4 percent raise in water rates for residential water customers who live in the city limits.
Customers would see a 60-cent increase in monthly service rates from $14.20 to $14.80. An increase in usage would also be added, with a 6-cent increase for every 1,000 gallons of water used. That cost would increase from $1.50 per 1,000 gallons of water to $1.56 per 1,000 gallons.
“What we are trying to do is just get back to the point where we can break even,” Ferree said. “We also want to avoid any double-digit increases that we have had in the past. The last time we had an increase was 1997, so I think now is an appropriate time.”
The Council approved the second reading of the 2002 Budget, with the only change being the 4 percent increase in water rates for the next year.
The Council also:
Heard a presentation from Yampa Valley Partners Director Audrey Danner.
Awarded the bid for a new winter swimming pool cover to C.E.M. Sales from Engelwood, Colo.
The bid was for $5,675, and includes a 10-year warranty.
Heard a presentation from Jeff Comstock, director of the Moffat County Natural Resources Department, concerning the Northwest Colorado Working Landscape Trust.