Craig City Council recap for Nov. 24 |

Craig City Council recap for Nov. 24

Patrick Kelly

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

Consent Agenda:

• Renewed a 3.2 percent beer license for Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way.

• Renewed a hotel and restaurant liquor license for Fiesta Jalisco, 410 Ranney St.

• Renewed a tavern liquor license for Dark Horse Liquor, 1520 W. Victory Way.

• Renewed a tavern liquor license for the OP Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way.

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• Approved a special events permit for Craig Rotary Club for the Diamonds and Spurs event to be held Jan. 30 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Other business:

• Held a public hearing on the approval of a conditional use permit for Airgas USA, which was voted down by the council.

Airgas hoped to lease the former Family Dollar location but needed a conditional zoning approval to conduct their operations. The location is currently rated as community-commercial and Airgas was hoping for a light-industrial conditional use.

In addition to a retail facility, Airgas planned to put a propane storage tank on the property.

Although it denied the current proposal, the council encouraged Airgas to come up with a more amendable use for the property.

Representatives from Airgas were present to support the proposal while Craig locals and business owners opposed.

As the issue was discussed, members of city council concluded that economic development is absolutely a priority but the conditional zoning of the property was inappropriate.

• Adopted the 2016 operating plan for the newly formed Moffat County Local Marketing District, which the Moffat County had adopted the previous Tuesday.

"It's fairly bare bones," said City Attorney Sherman Romney. "We don't have a lot of specifics yet because those specifics need to be determined by the board."

Under state statute, a plan was required approval before Dec. 5 if funds were to be collected in 2016.

• Approved an ordinance — in finality, after last week's first reading — 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.

• Conducted a second reading of the 2016 budget and formally adopted it.