Craig City Council recap for Nov. 10: Colowyo gives the city $15k |

Craig City Council recap for Nov. 10: Colowyo gives the city $15k

Patrick Kelly

The Craig City Council accepts a $15,000 check from Colowyo Mine from Chris McCourt, mine manager. McCourt said the contribution was to show gratitude for Craig's support of the mine.

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

• Approved total bills for October in the amount of $560,589.94.

Consent Agenda:Consent Agenda:

Consent Agenda:

• Approved a hotel and restaurant liquor license for Vallarta’s restaurant, 1111 W. Victory Way.

• Approved a retail liquor store license for Elk Liquor Store, 1111 W. Victory Way.

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• Approved a special events permit for Horizon's Specialized Services for a 40th Anniversary party to be held on Nov. 12 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion from 6 to 8 p.m.

Council Reports:Council Reports:

Council Reports:

• Councilor Derek Duran said he, along with representatives from Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, Moffat County Tourism Association Craig Chamber of Commerce, met with Outdoor Recreation Industry Office Director Luis Benitez.

"It was a great conversation," he said. "He's excited to help us out and hopefully get us on the map."

In the four months since the creation of the new state office, Benitez has been visiting communities to see what type of recreational activities fit the area.

"It was good to meet with him because he can open the doors to the industry," Duran said.

• Councilor John Ponikvar said he appreciated the effort from The Memorial Hospital, Yampa Valley Medical Center and the Visiting Nurse Association to evaluate and address the community's medical needs through their survey.

• Mayor Ray Beck dedicated the meeting to all veterans and thanked them for their service.



• Elyse Ackerman, Department of Local Affairs northwest regional manager, gave a presentation on the assistance offered to local governments by DOLA.

"One of our very primary things that we do for local governments is provide technical assistance," she said. "You're the ones that decide what that technical assistance is. We're here to help you with whatever it is that you are needing help with."

Ackerman also explained the tiers of grants under DOLA's energy and mineral impact assistance program and how to put forward a competitive project for matching funds.

Priorities considered on grant applications include urgency of need, the amount of matching funds, the readiness of the project and the extent of energy industry impacts in the community.

• Christ McCourt, Colowyo Mine manager, and Drew Kramer, public affairs manager for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, presented the council with a check for $15,000 on behalf of Colowyo.

"We're very thankful to be a part of this community and to see the support that we've seen," said McCourt. "We would like to present the city of Craig with a $15,000 contribution from Colowyo Mine just to say thank you and to show our gratitude to the community."

• United Way Community Impact Coordinator Aspen Matthews invited the council to attend the graduation of its fourth Getting Ahead class on Thursday. The nine week, 18 session class aims to help low income individuals move out of poverty and toward self sufficiency.

• Janelle Oberlander, vice president of Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus, provided the council with data on the school's attendance and a program update.

The Craig campus has seen an increase in its total student head count and is now even with the Rangley campus. Of CNCC's students 43 percent are part-time.

CNCC is currently working on its new 10-year strategic plan and has moved to a new accreditation system that is based on continuous evaluation.

Moving forward, the college is looking for ways to bring student housing to the Craig campus and add to the athletics department.

Other business:Other business:

Other business:

• Adopted a resolution supporting a grant application to Great Outdoors Colorado for the Craig Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Master Plan update.

• Approved an ordinance increasing the water and wastewater rates to provide sufficient revenues for maintain balance of the two funds. Monthly fees are expected to go up just under $3 on average.

• Approved an ordinance adopting the first reading of the 2016 budget. The second reading of the budget is on the agenda for the Nov. 24 city council meeting.

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