Craig City Council recap for May 12 | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig City Council recap for May 12

Shannan Koucherik, Dorcas Albaugh and Ann Dodd present a proclamation declaring May as Armed Forces Appreciation Month.

Craig City Council did the following during their bi-weekly meeting on Tuesday evening:

• Noted that that Mayor Ray Beck was absent due to a Club 20 meeting in Washington, D.C.

• Approved bills for April 2015 totaling $250,536.51.

Council reports:

• John Ponikvar brought up Monday evening's meeting between Craig City Council and Moffat County Commissioners regarding the National Association of Counties' Innovation Challenge. The council would like to come up with economic goals by May 18, he said.

Council Tony Bohrer also commented on the meeting.

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"I think we're heading in the right direction," Bohrer said, pointing out that it is more important to make decisions correctly than speedily.

Audiences:

• Read a proclamation presented by Kathy Larson, city clerk, declaring May as Armed Forces Appreciation Month.

"We extended our unending thanks to those who have served and continue to serve the United States of America in all branches of service," read W. Kent Nielson before the council approved the proclamation.

The proclamation was unopposed.

• Designated May as Higher Education Month.

• Recognized the sixth grade "If I Were Mayor" essayists and their teacher Vicki Blomquist.

Blomquist said that young writers are inspired when their writing has real world applications and she was very proud of her students' work.

"Many of them did a jam-up job," she said.

The council thanked Blomquist for the hard work put into the essays.

"Thank you for all the time they put into it, they were a lot of fun to read," said Councilor Jarrod Ogden.

• Approved a special events liquor license for Grand Olde West Days on May 23 and 25 to be held at Moffat County Fairgrounds and Alice Pleasant Park respectively.

• Held a public hearing to consider rezoning specific property from L-1 light industrial district to MU-2 mixed used district. After the brief hearing, the council voted to approve the rezoning.

Other business:

• Awarded a bid for playground equipment at Breeze Park. Jim Ferree, city manager recommended the proposal from Triple M Recreation in the amount of $190,000 and the council agreed. Total budget for the playground project is $289,700.

• Approved funding for the 2015 Fourth of July Fireworks display in the amount of $2,500.

"This town needs something to celebrate," said Councilor Derek Duran.

• Heard city staff, council and Craig Police Department reports.

• Took audience comments.