Craig City Council meeting recap |

Craig City Council meeting recap

Janelle O'Dea

Action items:

Jan. 13 Craig City Council meeting minutes approved, 7-0

Agenda for Jan. 27 approved, 7-0

Center of Craig Connections 4 Kids lease renewal approved, 7-0

Chemical bids for solid waste department approved, 7-0

— At the Tuesday night Craig City Council meeting, teen dating violence and a new recreational trail were the main topics of conversation.

Donna Gill, a child family advocate at Advocates Crisis Support Services, appeared at the meeting to ask the Craig City Council for their support on a proclamation.

The proclamation declares February 2015 as Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. All seven elected officials voted to pass the proclamation and supported ACSS and their efforts to raise awareness about this issue.

Gill said she will be visiting area schools to spread awareness and “show a face for the kids who might want to talk.”

“I’m sorry for the subject matter, but I’m glad that you’re tackling it,” said Councilor Joe Bird.

After passing the proclamation, councilors moved on to the lighter topic of recreation.

John Husband, Craig resident and former Bureau of Land Management employee, attended the meeting to talk to city councilors about the Yampa River trail.

The trail would cover a stretch between Loudy-Simpson Park and a chunk of city property close to the water diversion structure. A half-mile of the trail is privately owned, and Husband said he’s been in contact with the property owner.

“He is willing to entertain the idea to donate a trail easement,” Husband said.

There’s potential for a future trail connection to Pebble Beach.

City councilor and upcoming mayoral race candidate Don Jones said people have been working on this project for 10 or 15 years, maybe longer.

“It would tie in to the golf course real nicely and Pebble Beach, and it’s kind of a no-brainer if we can get it all put together and satisfy the land owner,” Jones said.

Councilor Ray Beck asked about a time frame for the project, and Husband said while they still aren’t sure the exact finishing date, he wants it to expedite the project however possible.

“I think the first thing we’re going to be doing is looking at what kind of easement agreement we can get into,” Husband said.

Mayor Terry Carwile said he thinks it’s more than appropriate to address the property owner’s concerns and discuss a sunset clause on the easement. Husband said the property owner is a bit nervous about the project, and a trial period for the trail may help to put him at ease.

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

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