Craig City Council recap for Dec. 8 |

Craig City Council recap for Dec. 8

Patrick Kelly

Dan Davidson talks history with Craig City Council at their biweekly meeting Tuesday night.

Craig City Council conducted the following business at its meeting on Tuesday evening:

• Approved bills for November in the amount of $651,103.49.

Consent agenda:

• Tabled approval of a 3.2 percent beer license for Kum & Go, 700 E. Victory Way, due to lack of representation from the applying entity.

• Approved a tavern liquor license for J.W. Snack's, 210 E. Victory Way.

• Approved a hotel and restaurant liquor license for Ocean Pearl, 441 W. Victory Way.

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• Approved a special events permit for St. John's Greek Orthodox Church on Dec. 31 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Council reports:

• Councilor Derek Duran said the first meeting for the newly formed Yampa Valley Young Professionals group will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites.

• Mayor Ray Beck said he had the opportunity to discuss the Clean Power Plan with regional Environmental Protection Agency representatives with Moffat County Commissioner in John Kinkaid last week.


• Brad McCloud, senior project manager at EIS Solutions, informed the council on the pending White River Storage Project and asked for its support.

The proposed project's goal is to counteract sedimentation and avoid dredging costs in the Kenney Reservoir — which McCloud said would be around approach $700 million — by amending water storage.

The new reservoir would be primarily in Rio Blanco County but size has not been determined and depending on the final plan it may extend into Moffat County.

McCloud said the new reservoir would benefit Craig and Moffat County upfront with revenue from construction and continue to provide recreation income.

"Water is economic development," said McCould. "If we are able to store water that is rightfully ours instead of letting it flow downstream, we have that for our use."

The council voted in consensus to write a letter of support for the project. McCould said he would be back to ask to ask for funding.

• Dan Davidson, Museum of Northwest Colorado director, presented two mementos, a coin and a framed certificate, given to Craig in 2013 when Union Pacific designated the City as a railroad town.

The council moved to donate both of the items to the museum

Davidson also brought up the placement of the new World War II memorial that is ready to be erected at Veterans Memorial Park.

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 Johnny Garcia and Jim Meineke addressed the council, stressing the importance of military service and stating that Veterans Memorial Park does not have sufficient signage.

The council approved a motion to place the statue in the park and make and improve signage.