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Council to discuss rec center proposal

Council could decide on funding to get project started

Christina M. Currie

The Craig City Council has no money in its 2002 budget for architectural and design services for a recreation center, but City Manager Jim Ferree said members would be willing to spend the money to get the ball rolling on the project.

They will make the decision at tonight’s regular meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of Craig City Hall.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan Implementation Committee hit a stalemate last week when members couldn’t decide whether to build the proposed center in the former Country General building or on property purchased by Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig for future expansion.

Ferree and Parks and Recreation Department Director Dave Pike recommended the committee hire an architect to evaluate both sites, determine preliminary costs and decide what each site could provide as far as the components of a recreation center.

“It’s too important of a decision, too expensive of a decision, for us to decide without professional help,” Ferree said. “We really do need professional assistance to nail down some of these costs and the feasibility of each site.”

The committee agreed.

Ferree estimates the service will cost between $25,000 and $50,000. Tonight, he will ask the council to agree to the concept, knowing there will be costs, but not yet knowing what those are.

He and Pike will draft the request for proposals, and with Council and committee approval, will publish them.

In other business, the council will:

Consider the renewal of a retail liquor store license for Cork ‘N Bottle at 402 E. Victory Way.

Consider renewing the hotel and restaurant liquor license of Casa Loya Mexican restaurant.

Consider a request to approve an off-street parking and landscape plan for a truss manufacturing facility on Clay Street.

Consider a request from Jerrad and Brittanee Mattson for a variance of a front yard setback for a five-foot fence at 350 E. 11th St.

Consider a request from Edward Koucherik for a variance of a front yard setback for a six-foot fence at 829 Taylor St.

Hold a public hearing on a request for a replat of 10 lots and the vacated ally on the 100 block of E. Victory Way.

Consider a request from the Parks and Recreation Department for a contract for entertainment during the Whittle da Wood Wandezvous.

Hear the introduction of Ordinance No. 911, which would modify the city’s noise ordinance to extend the hours a permit may be granted for a weekend outdoor event using sound-amplifying equipment.

Consider approving an agreement for representation by Kissenger and Fellman, P.C., for legal assistance with cable franchise issues.

Hear the finance department’s April report.

Before adjourning, the council will hold an executive session to discuss a personnel matter.


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