Craig City Council meeting recap |

Craig City Council meeting recap

Janelle O'Dea

— At the Tuesday night Craig City Council meeting, Councilor Ray Beck was absent and City Manager Jim Ferree was also not present, as he was dealing with a family medical issue.

To kick off the meeting, the Craig City Council approved a temporary liquor license for Steve Fulton’s new business, Stacks Smokehouse. Fulton’s new restaurant will take the place of Double Barrel Steakhouse, and the temporary liquor license will last up to six months.

Audrey Danner dropped by the meeting to brief the council on projects the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is working on.

CMEDP now allows for a $50 community membership and Danner said three community members have already taken advantage of it. On March 9, the 11-member CMEDP board will have a meeting to discuss how they can effectively implement their action plan.

Danner also said through Advance Colorado and Colorado’s state Office of Economic Development all business inquiries in the state of Colorado are completed electronically. This electronic system allows various communities to pair with their realtors and bid for new businesses.

“The realtors have been pleased with the process so far,” Danner said.

Danner also presented a report compiled by the CMEDP and economic development offices from Routt and Rio Blanco counties. The report was furnished by economist Gary Horvath and produced with primary funding from the Economic Development Council of Colorado as well as sponsorship by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Danner highlighted surface and subsurface coal mining and a few other points from the report.

According to the report, this industry directly employs 4.6 percent of the region’s total employees and accounts for 17.4 percent of the region’s direct output. Coal mining provides more than 1,500 direct jobs at an average wage of $85,481 in the three-county region.

A copy of the full report can be found at

To assure the Craig City Council does not have complete turnover in any future elections, the councilors passed a resolution to grant the lowest vote-getter in the April 7 municipal election a two-year term. Four of the six at-large council seats are up for election.

Police Chief Walt Vanatta closed out the meeting with Craig Police Department’s January 2015 Council report. The report details how many and what type of calls the department responded to throughout the month of January.

The Craig Police Department responded to 899 calls for service in January, a slight uptick from the 830 calls for service the department responded to in December.

Vanatta said the school resource officers are “extremely busy.”

“We have some troubled young people,” Vanatta said.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @jayohday.

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