Government update for May 23 |

Government update for May 23

Moffat County Commission

Last met: Tuesday, May 19


• Heard from Dana Duran, Boys & Girls Club of Craig executive director, and Bryce Jacobson, Boys & Girls Club board vice president and Craig Daily Press publisher, about a renovation project at the group’s building on East Victory Way.

The plan – projected to cost $188,000 – is to build a new, secure entrance, front office and multi-purpose conference room onto the front of the building.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs issued a $97,000 grant for the project, which the city matched with $20,000.

The Boys & Girls Club has another $21,000 from community members, including $6,000 contributed by board members, and officials expect at least $20,000 in other pending grants from nonprofits.

That potentially leaves $30,000 left for the Boys & Girls Club to make up.

Duran and Jacobson did not ask the commission for money but said they would accept a county contribution if it were offered.

Commissioner Tom Gray, who said the Boys & Girls Club provides a worthy community service, asked the group to come back when club officials know exactly how much money it may need to go ahead with the project.

• Heard from Alisa Comstock, Moffat County Extension Office 4-H/youth development agent and interim county director, about issues with Colorado State University Cooperative Extension offices across the state.

Nathan Moreng, CSU Extension regional director for the Western Slope, plans to appear June 30 in Craig to discuss the local office’s future.

Moffat County Extension is short-staffed and under a hiring freeze, and more money may be taken away later this year.

County officials will be able to suggest how the local office could be run in the future when Moreng visits.

Next meeting: Tuesday, May 26, at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way


• 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

• 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent Agenda

– Warrant resolutions

– Five-county intergovernmental agencies agreement for child welfare, substance abuse and mental health core services

– Credit application for Greenlawn Sod Company

• 8:45 to 9 a.m. General Discussion. Note that the commission may discuss any topic relevant to county business, whether or not the topic has been specifically noted on this agenda.

• 9 to 9:15 a.m. Road & Bridge Department, Bill Mack and Linda DeRose

– Present bid recommendation for test holes at limestone pit

• 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Human Resources Department, Lynnette Running

– Personnel Requisition

• 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Break

• 1 to 1:30 p.m. Sue Birch, with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, and County Attorney Kathleen Taylor

– VNA master contract discussion

Craig City Council

Last met: Tuesday, May 12


• Approved, 7-0, allowing the All Crimes Enforcement Team to forego the normal bidding process for spending a $133,000 Justice Assistance Grant on various pieces of surveillance equipment.

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said the equipment is specialized and there are limited vendors.

He added that a normal bid process would require ACET to advertise its purchases, and law enforcement doesn’t want offenders to know what it is buying.

The council insisted, though, that bids for one large item valued at $103,300 be reviewed by them.

• Approved, 7-0, a $32,700 bid from United Rentals for two trailer-mounted message directors for the road and bridge department. It was the low bid submitted.

• Approved, 7-0, a resolution appropriating the Justice Assistance Grant worth $133,280 into the ACET fund.

• Approved, 7-0, an ordinance removing careless driving from the criminalized offenses list. From now on, police officers will have discretion whether to require offenders to appear in municipal court.

Next meeting: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.


• Roll call

• Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence

• Approval of May 12 meeting minutes

• Approval of agenda

• Consent agenda:

– Request for approval of the renewal of the hotel and restaurant liquor license for Casa Loya Mexican Restaurant at 351 Ranney St. No cause shown for denial.

– Request for approval of a site plan for a construction office and shop at 1121 E. Victory Way by Jarrod Ogden, a member of the Craig Planning and Zoning Commission.

• Audiences:

– Toni Marshall will request the city install guardrails in front of her home at 769 Legion St.

• Other business:

– Approval of a request to purchase equipment for the All Crimes Enforcement Team, paid for by a federal grant.

– Consider approval of a memorandum of understanding between the Boys & Girls Club of Craig and the city of Craig to financially participate in the remodeling project for the Boys & Girls Club with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

– Ordinance No. 991 – an ordinance deleting subsection (4) of Section 10.04.060 (D) of the Craig Municipal Code concerning careless driving. Second reading.

– Discussion of Article VI, Section 4 of the Craig City Charter, entitled “Statement of Expenses.”

• Staff reports:

– Finance Director Bruce Nelson will present the financial report for April.

– Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta will present the Craig Police Department 2008 Annual Report.

• City manager/city attorney reports

• Council reports

• Audience comments

• Adjourn

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