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Craig City Council appoints new Local Marketing District board members

Sasha Nelson and Eleanor C. Hasenbeck

Craig City Council meet in special session on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Picture, from left, Council Members Jarrod Ogden, Andrea Camp and Tony Bohrer.

CRAIG — In a special meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council appointed two people to the Local Marketing District board and approved an ordinance refinancing upgrades to the city water system.

Elk Run Inn owner Randy Looper and Bank of Colorado Craig Branch President Chris Jones were chosen to represent the city on the LMD board.

Council members Jarrod Ogden, Andrea Camp, Tony Bohrer and Derek Duran — the city's LMD subcommittee — along with council member Chris Nichols, met in advance of the meeting to discuss the applicants. They recommended Looper and Jones from a pool of five candidates.

"Randy, I think he's a doer," Nichols said, a sentiment echoed by other members of the subcommittee.

As a hotelier, Looper will be able to represent small businesses and the industry charged with collecting the lodging tax LMD uses to fund its operations.

Members of the subcommittee said their other recommended appointee, Jones, would bring knowledge of procedures and processes to the LMD.

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"I'm a fan. I think he does care, and when it comes to this and in terms of how to handle things, he is by far the best-qualified," Bohrer said.

Camp interviewed each of the applicants.

"I want to thank all of the applicants for submitting letters of interest. It is always great to have more applicants than you have positions," she said.

The full city council voted to approve the subcommittee's recommendation during its special session.

Looper replaces former city representative Roger Richmond and will serve the remainder of Richmond's term, which expires in 2019. Chris Jones replaces former city representative Victor Updike and will serve until September 2018.

Re-appointment of existing board members is at the discretion of City Council, according to City Attorney Sherman Romney.

That means if City Council is satisfied with its representation on the LMD board, it could re-appoint its representatives to another term.

Looper and Jones join city representative Luke Tucker, town of Dinosaur representative David Heinrich and county representatives Tamie Thompson-Booker, Michael Morriss and Rich Thompson on the reconstituted board.

The new board is expected to meet later this month.

City Council also held a public hearing and approved, on second reading, ordinance 1071, which will see refinancing of bonds issued in 2016 to pay for upgrades to the water treatment plant.

The lower interest rates will save the city about $26,000 per year for the 10-year life of the loan.

The first year savings will pay for refinancing, so it's "almost like getting free money," said City Manager Mike Foreman.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
Contact Eleanor C. Hasenbeck at 970-875-1795 or ehasenbeck@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.