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Craig City Council Nov. 11 meeting recap: One-time fee for chickens

Janelle O'Dea

To kick off the Craig City Council's Tuesday night meeting, Brent Curtice, superintendent of Moffat County School District, gave the council an update on the school district and his four goals for the district.

Curtice said his four goals include reconnecting with the community, continuing to boost student achievement, building a financial plan for the district and continuing to encourage teachers to become coachers for one another.

After the MCSD update, Audrey Danner and Jay Oxley of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership appeared before the council to defend their application for funding.

Council member Joe Bird agreed with Danner and Oxley that the city must fulfill its part on previous funding commitments. A meeting about the future of CMEDP between CMEDP folks and the city council was suggested but not scheduled.

Although chickens are permitted in the municipal boundaries of Craig as of Oct. 28, discussions about them in Craig City Council meetings are not finished.

Council members approved a resolution 7-0 implementing a one-time fee of $50 for anyone who wants to have chickens in the city.

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"There were discussions about eggs being exchanged for permits," City Manager Jim Ferree joked. "But we settled on 50 bucks."

Susan Chenoweth and Susan Domer attended the meeting. Chenoweth said the advocates for chickens wanted a fee, too.

"When people spend $50 or $75 they tend to be responsible, as opposed to not paying anything," Chenoweth said. "We just want them to be more cautious and more careful."

The city council also approved 7-0 a first reading of the city's 2015 budget. Bird asked if the city has cut fat, but not muscle when making budget cuts.

"We've cut some muscle," Ferree said.

Other topics of discussion included Craig's ordinance regarding ATVs and OHVs and improvements to the Center of Craig.

Acting City Clerk Kathy Larson was approved 7-0 to become the City Clerk for the City of Craig.

To conclude the meeting, Mayor Carwile and several council members thanked veterans for their service and commended Craig's Rotary club on their American flag display downtown.

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