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City Council OKs online system

Jennifer L. Grubbs

Other Action

The Craig City Council:

• Heard reports from council members that the Yampa Valley Regional Airport has ordered the new terminal building and that a mock disaster is being planned at the airport.

• Postponed approval of a resolution in support of the party for Craig being chosen as one of the Denver Broncos’ biggest fans, as the party itself has been postponed.

• Heard the July city finance report from city Finance Director Bruce Nelson. Sales tax revenue was only up about 5.5 percent, while Mayor Don Jones estimates that inflation is about 7 percent.

• Approved a change to the city’s Land Use Code amending title 16 of Craig Municipal Code to allow churches and buildings used for religious purposes to be located in Community Commercial Districts.

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• Heard from Carol Wilson about Grand Olde West Days and her idea for a citizen committee to run future Grand Olde West Days events.

• Approved the consent agenda, which included renewing Wal-Mart’s 3.2 percent beer retail license and approval of the site plan for Bower Brothers Shop Building on 1571 N. Yampa Ave.

• Approved Aug. 12 meeting minutes.

Reserving a city park or signing up for a city recreation program may be a whole lot simpler in just a few weeks.

On Tuesday night, the Craig City Council gave David Pike, city director of parks and recreation, approval to use $2,000 in funds from his training budget to try out the E-Gov Link Recreation Management System. The system would allow the city to maintain a Web site that would function as a sign-up and payment portal for nearly all Parks and Recreation programs, events and venues, including the Center of Craig.

Before council approved the expenditure, Pike emphasized that the city would not be signing a contract at this time. Instead, his department would work with the company selling the software to get the Web site up and running on a trial basis until Jan. 1, 2009, which is when council would have to decide by whether to continue using it and sign a five-year contract or not.

“This will allow Parks and Recreation to go online and be full service,” Pike told the council, adding that people would be able to use the system to rent a park or the Center of Craig or to buy a swimming pass – all paid on the site with a credit card.

Pike did caution City Council that as long as the system is adopted long-term that the cost would likely need to be passed on to users through fees. However, he said, and City Council agreed, that is the cost of doing business on the Internet.

“It’s really got some neat features,” Pike said. “It’s going to take us into the 21st century – we’re way behind the curve on that.”

After some discussion form City Council about how the system works, when it would take effect, how maintenance would work and what the long-term payment schedule would look like, council unanimously approved spending the money to implement the trial of E-Gov Link, with only Councilman Byron Willems absent.

Pike said training on the system will happen shortly after Labor Day, and it should only take a week or so before it is ready to go live.

While the new online Parks and Recreation system may offer convenience for many, those who choose not to use it still will have the option to visit the city offices to sign up for programs and events or to reserve parks or the Center of Craig, Pike said.

“I think it will help Dave and his staff,” Mayor Don Jones said after the meeting. “It will make everybody happy downstairs (at the city offices)” because it will reduce traffic from people signing up for recreation programs.

After hearing from the city attorney and Craig police chief, City Council voted to approve a resolution to allow further action to bring city code for traffic violation fees more in line with that of the county. As a home-rule city, Craig can set its own fee schedules for traffic violations, from least to most serious offenses. However, Police Chief Walt Vanatta told the council it makes it difficult for his officers to write up their summonses when a couple blocks may make a difference in the fee or points of a certain violation.

In some cases, the fee increases will be fairly insignificant, such as a $75 ticket instead of a $70 ticket, but in others the increase is pretty large. Under this schedule a ticket for improper use of disabled parking spaces would cost upwards of $140, including fees and state surcharges, instead of the $40 it currently costs.

“It makes it easier to have the same schedule,” Vanatta told council. “Part of this request came from our guys on the street.”

City Council will revisit this change at a future meeting to set the language of the changes into the city code and to include a change to allow the city to include the county’s current policy of allowing tickets mailed in with payment to cut the number of points levied against the driver in half.

Other Action

The Craig City Council:

• Heard reports from council members that the Yampa Valley Regional Airport has ordered the new terminal building and that a mock disaster is being planned at the airport.

• Postponed approval of a resolution in support of the party for Craig being chosen as one of the Denver Broncos’ biggest fans, as the party itself has been postponed.

• Heard the July city finance report from city Finance Director Bruce Nelson. Sales tax revenue was only up about 5.5 percent, while Mayor Don Jones estimates that inflation is about 7 percent.

• Approved a change to the city’s Land Use Code amending title 16 of Craig Municipal Code to allow churches and buildings used for religious purposes to be located in Community Commercial Districts.

• Heard from Carol Wilson about Grand Olde West Days and her idea for a citizen committee to run future Grand Olde West Days events.

• Approved the consent agenda, which included renewing Wal-Mart’s 3.2 percent beer retail license and approval of the site plan for Bower Brothers Shop Building on 1571 N. Yampa Ave.

• Approved Aug. 12 meeting minutes.