Craig City Council recap for Sept. 22
Craig City Council conducted the following business at its bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday night:
• Brent Curtice, Moffat County School District superintendent, introduced the district’s new teachers.
Curtice said that teachers were recruited from all over the state and beyond in the midst of a competitive market.
“I want to thank you very much for taking the stand for education,” Curtice told the council.
The new teachers took turns introducing themselves to the council and attendees, all expressing their excitement to contribute to the education of Moffat County’s youth.
• Keith Kramer, executive director of Yampa Valley Data Partners, an unaffiliated 501(c)3 profit that provides data and analytics, addressed the council to seek funding for the organization’s 2015 and 2016 budget.
“To be perfectly honest and transparent about it we’ve just about run out of money,” Kramer said, adding that YVDP has not cut it’s services during the hard times.
Kramer requested that Craig restore it’s $10,000 contribution for 2016 and provide $2,500 of the $5,000 requested for 2015.
“We want to continue to serve Craig,” he said.
Mayor Ray Beck said the council received the draft city budget Tuesday and it will evaluate the request.
• Steve Hinkemeyer, Moffat County Land Use board chairman, gave an update on the Yampa-White-Green River basin roundtable meeting on Sept. 9.
• John Rossfeld, CEO, and Jennifer Riley, chief of marketing and business development for The Memorial Hospital provided an update to council. Rossfeld said at the start of September TMH switched to a better, more modern records system and brought on a full-time orthopedic surgeon.
• Downtown Business Association asked council to close the 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue for trick-or-treating on Oct. 31 in an effort to keep children and pedestrians safe from traffic, especially the large trucks that travel Yampa Avenue. Council staff said it’s roughly $2,500 to $3,000 to pay workers to close the street and reroute traffic. Council said it would discuss it at the upcoming budget meeting.
• Approved a proclamation presented by The Memorial Hospital and Craig Daily Press declaring Oct. 12 as Paint the Town Pink Day in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
• Signed a memorandum of understanding between the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, Colorado Department of Public Safety Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Moffat County and Craig to allow Craig/Moffat Airport to be used as a base of operations for single engine air tankers for the purpose of enhancing local wildfire suppression capabilities.
Sharing thanks, enjoying some laughs, and shedding a few tears are an indicator of the emotional levels that always seem to come with Moffat County High School graduation.