Craig City Council taking reins on economic development, consolidating police
February 10, 2019
Craig City Council is considering consolidating law enforcement services between the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff and funding some $127,000 worth of economic development initiatives at their upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
According to this week's council agenda, a workshop will be held at Craig City Hall at 5 p.m. to discuss consolidation of law enforcement services. Following the workshop, council will discuss and possibly act to study the issue further during its “other business” portion of Tuesday's meeting.
Economic development initiatives are also on the council's to-do list Tuesday. The city of Craig is taking a more hands-on approach to economic development after the announced Feb. 20 dissolution of the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership.
The city and county decided to address economic development in a new way that doesn't include support or consultation of the members of the organization, current board chair Luke Tucker said. Council had the option to fold CMEDP into its operations and had initially proposed creating a new department of economic development. That idea was ultimately rejected in favor of investing a minimum of $162,800 into projects recommended by a newly formed city economic development committee.
Those projects include $50,000 to fund the city's new business grant program, which council will decide on Tuesday. According to the council's Feb. 4 economic development committee meeting, the city's business grant program will include site improvement and economic development grants, but revised forms and grant guidelines were still being hammered out. The committee said there is the possibility of eventually doubling the business grant program fund to $100,000.
Council will also decide whether to fund $62,800 worth of wayfinding infrastructure in Craig to help guide tourists and other visitors toward the city's recreational and historical attractions.
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According to the council agenda, other items of council business Tuesday will include:
• Supplemental appropriation ordinance to carryover budgeted 2018 projects or commitments not accomplished into the 2019 budget
• Ordinance amending a portion of chapter 2.20 of the Craig municipal code to revise the employee step program and cost-of-living increase language
• Approval of a notice of municipal election which will be a mail ballot election to be held on April 2
• Approval for the 2019 construction materials bid
• Approval of $5,000 to the Craig Chamber of Commerce for the continuation of the Small Business Development Center currently sponsored by CMEDP to be funded from the ED Council budget
• Approval of Shop Local program funding of $10,000 from the balance of the Council Economic Development budget during the May 4 to 11 Tourism and DBA Spring Expo Events
• Approval of Parks and Recreation Registration software developed by Active Net including hardware purchases to support the upgrade in the amount of $21,000
Sasha Nelson contributed to this report. Contact Clay Thorp at 970-875-1795 or email@example.com.