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Eagle rescuers presented certificates at Craig City Council meeting

Eleanor C. Hasenbeck

Five men who helped rescue an eagle from a city sewage pool received certificates of appreciation at Tuesday's Craig City Council meeting.

CRAIG — Five men who rescued a bald eagle from the city wastewater plant were presented certificates of appreciation from Craig City Council during its Tuesday meeting.

"You know we always say that these guys do a really great job, but this is beyond what we ask them to do," said City Manager Mike Foreman, as he presented the certificates.

City employees James St. Louis, Dustin Willey, Tyler Slaight, Tim Kulp, Todd Smilanich and former Craig firefighter Doug Slaight were recognized.

In other city council business Tuesday:

Council members heard updates on the Moffat County Tourism Association from director Tom Kleinschnitz and Shannon Moore.

• The council discussed funding demolitions of condemned buildings around Craig. When a building is abandoned and condemned by the city, the owners are expected to demolish the building. If that doesn't happen, due to non-response or lack of funds on the owner's part, the responsibility falls to the city. Council decided to table discussion as to whether it would fund demolitions of a priority list of abandoned buildings. Council will take up the issue again at a work session Feb. 27.

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• Council tabled discussions about supplemental budgets for its work session on Feb. 27. As a result, discussion about purchasing a new garbage truck was also tabled and is to be discussed at the work session.

• Mike Tucci was appointed to another 4-year term on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

• Council heard a monthly report from the Craig Police Department.

• During audience comments, six Birch Street homeowners told council members the street has drainage issues, sometimes flooding yards and garages. The residents said, during storms, they all work to keep the drain clear on their street to prevent flooding.

• During council members' updates, councilman Derek Duran said that the closing of the Moffat County High School pool will be "at the top of the list" as the parks and recreation advisory board enters discussions with consultants to develop a new parks and recreation master plan. Duran asked citizens to reach out with concerns about the pool before the group meets March 6.

• In executive session, council accepted the city manager's recommendation to appoint Interim Police Chief Jerry DeLong to the position of chief of police.