Craig City Council passes 2018 budget on first reading |

Craig City Council passes 2018 budget on first reading

Boy Scouts from Troop 192 attend the Craig City Council meeting to earn merit badges. Pictured, from left, are Garrett Mercer, 12, Mayor John Ponikvar and Kadin Hume, 13.
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If you go What: Craig City Council meetings When: Workshops normally begin at 4 p.m., and meetings follow at 6:30 the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is Tuesday, Nov 28. Meeting times and dates are subject to change. Check the Craig Press Government Update online the Monday prior to meetings for more information, including agendas. Where: Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. More information: Visit or call City Manager Mike Foreman at 970-826-2023 or 972-369-9588.

CRAIG — Boy Scouts from Troop 192 were in attendance to earn merit badges as the Craig City Council met to conduct business Tuesday, Nov. 14. Following are the top-five decisions made by council members during the meeting.

• City Council held a short public hearing before unanimously passing the 2018 Budget (Ordinance 1070 – 2018 Budget) on first reading. Council members plan to hold a budget workshop, open to the public, to discuss the final version of the budget prior to the second and final reading of the ordinance, expected Nov. 28.

• City Council unanimously passed revised rules for refuse haulers on first reading. Ordinance 1069 – Amending Refuse Haulers Requirements — has been revised and updated to reflect an increase in the number of private haulers using the Moffat County Landfill.

If the ordinance is ultimately approved, haulers will have until March 1 to get an annual inspection and receive a license at a cost of $300 per vehicle, including a trailer. Fees could go higher if the city hires a third party to conduct Colorado Department of Transportation and garbage truck inspections.
The ordinance is one of many City Attorney Sherman Romney has been working to update. The revisions were introduced soon after the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners approved an agreement to accept trash hauled by private companies from Routt County.

“Our timing was terrible,” said Councilman Tony Bohrer. “We have these new companies coming in, and now that we’re getting competition, people’s perspective is that we’re going to throw the book at them. The reality is, that was not our intention. The ordinance was already being revised.”

City staff has been directed to seek a third party to handle inspections.
“We feel this is necessary for the safety and well-being of our community, but having a third party do the inspection will help prevent the city from conducting inspections of its competitors,” Mayor John Ponikvar said.

The city also regulates other businesses, such as pawn shops, dry cleaners, street vendors and liquor stores.

•City Council approved the 2018 Operating Plan and Budget for the Moffat County Local Marketing District. During discussion, Councilman Chris Nichols expressed concern that the budget proposes to keep more in reserve — about $350,000 — than the organization planned to spend on marketing the county.

He also expressed concern about plans to pay for an executive director and build a visitor center. Councilman Derek Duran felt these concerns might be addressed in the next few weeks, as a discussion to combine the LMD and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership continue. The motion passed five to two, with Nichols and Duran both voting against.

•City Council voted unanimously to appoint Luke Tucker to a three-year term as city representative on the  LMD board. The position was advertised, and City Manager Mike Foreman said no other applicants had applied.

• City Council unanimously voted to select an auditor and approved a lease with Connections 4 Kids for space in the Center of Craig for $200 per month through a 12-month period.
“They have been good partners, and it’s good to have someone in that building daily,” City Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike said.
The organization has rented space from the city for a few years.
Ponikvar praised the organization for helping children and families.

“They do a great job for the community,” the mayor said.

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