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Craig, Moffat County continue police department lease discussions

Also at the meeting

In other news, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 7-0, Sept. 28 meeting minutes

• Approved, 7-0, September bills totaling $577,342.19

• Approved, 7-0, a request for approval of the hotel and restaurant liquor license for Fiesta Jalisco at 410 Ranney St. No cause was shown for denial.

• Approved, 7-0, a request for approval of a special events permit for the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads for a Halloween party on Oct. 29 in the parking lot at 377 Cedar Court.

• Approved, 7-0, ordinance No. 1008 to amend Section 9.42.040 of the Craig Municipal Code to conform to state noise laws concerning motor vehicles engaging an engine compression brake device. Second reading.

• Approved, 7-0, to go into executive session to discuss lease negotiations of the Moffat County Public Safety Center and to conference with city attorney Kenny Wohl for the purpose of receiving legal advice.

• Heard a presentation on Elkhead Reservoir from Colorado State Parks staff members.

• Heard a presentation from the Moffat County High School Student Council on the Every Student Will Graduate program.

• Heard an update from Yampa Valley Partners Director Kate Nowak.

Also at the meeting

In other news, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 7-0, Sept. 28 meeting minutes

• Approved, 7-0, September bills totaling $577,342.19



• Approved, 7-0, a request for approval of the hotel and restaurant liquor license for Fiesta Jalisco at 410 Ranney St. No cause was shown for denial.

• Approved, 7-0, a request for approval of a special events permit for the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads for a Halloween party on Oct. 29 in the parking lot at 377 Cedar Court.

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• Approved, 7-0, ordinance No. 1008 to amend Section 9.42.040 of the Craig Municipal Code to conform to state noise laws concerning motor vehicles engaging an engine compression brake device. Second reading.

• Approved, 7-0, to go into executive session to discuss lease negotiations of the Moffat County Public Safety Center and to conference with city attorney Kenny Wohl for the purpose of receiving legal advice.

• Heard a presentation on Elkhead Reservoir from Colorado State Parks staff members.

• Heard a presentation from the Moffat County High School Student Council on the Every Student Will Graduate program.

• Heard an update from Yampa Valley Partners Director Kate Nowak.

The City of Craig and Moffat County officials are continuing negotiations of the Craig Police Department’s lease of the Moffat County Public Safety Center following an initial public workshop to discuss the matter.

Craig City Council member Gene Bilodeau said the two parties met once after the initial discussion, and plan to meet again next week.

However, Bilodeau said both entities have a clear idea of what the outcome of the lease negotiations should be.

“Whatever that price may be, the whole idea is to have it win-win and fair-fair,” he said.

The city and county began discussions of what the police department should pay in rent for use of the space it occupies several months ago.

The talks stem from an agreement made about a decade ago that the city would provide the land for the safety center to be built on if the county provided free rent for the police department for 10 years.

The rent-free decade for the police department, however, ends in August 2011.

During initial discussions, the county commission presented possible future lease costs based on the current operating costs of the building, which would place the lease cost at $256,591 per year.

Bilodeau, who sat in on the recent meeting, said he was “encouraged” that both sides are interested in working with each other to reach a price for the police department’s rent.

However, Bilodeau said the two sides are still gathering information on what it costs to run the safety center and negotiating other topics.

Bilodeau said he would like to give residents a “fair amount of information” on the negotiations, but both sides were not ready to release specifics, or had not reached any.

“We don’t want to do anything premature,” he said. “We are certainly not — don’t get me wrong — hiding anything, it is just that we want to be a little bit more composed when we start talking, whether it is to the paper or the public or the radio station.”

Police chief Walt Vanatta said the department is willing to pay a “fair share” of the operating costs of the center.

However, three factors — jail personnel costs, depreciation and overhead — were added to the police department’s potential lease costs from early discussions, Vanatta said.

“Should we be paying our fair share of what the actual operating cost is for maintenance and utilities? Absolutely,” he said. “I don’t think any of us have a problem with that. They are to a philosophical point now of determining what … does fair operating cost consist of? Does it consist of $1.4 million for jail salaries, or not?”

Bilodeau said his preference would be that the police department remains in the safety center instead of constructing a new building for the department, as mentioned by Craig Mayor Don Jones.

“It just seems like the whole idea that everyone voted on 10 years ago was to have all three entities in the same area,” he said. “I think unless there is some really good facts to back something else up, why switch?”


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