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Pool fees increase, new police officer sworn in at Craig City Council meeting

Eleanor C. Hasenbeck

CRAIG — A new police officer rang in a new tradition during Tuesday’s meeting of the Craig City Council. Nathan Businger, a new officer at the Craig Police Department, was sworn in and presented his badge in front of council members.

"You can tell by the people in the audience from the police department, we take this very seriously," said Interim Chief of Police Jerry DeLong. About a dozen CPD officers sat at the back of the room.

After Businger was sworn in, his wife, Jennifer, pinned a shining CPD badge to his blank uniform. The officers in attendance scooted out, whispering "back to work."

Council met to a packed agenda Tuesday, including the following items.

Parks and recreation

Council approved an admission fee increase in Craig's pools. The new fees are as follows.

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• Daily child admission increased from $3.50 to $5.

• Daily student admission increased from $3.75 to $5.

• Daily adult admission increased from $4.50 to $7.

• Children's passes increased from $70 to $75.

• 30 minutes swim lessons increased from $40 to $50.

• 45 minute swim lessons increased from $40 to $60.

• Student passes remained at $75.

• Adult passes remained at $90.

• Senior daily fees and season passes remain free, but the age of eligibility was increased from 55 to 60.

A discounted family pass and evening family swim will be offered in the 2018 swim season.

The council also accepted a bid from the Fort Collins firm Logan and Simpson to create a master plan to update the city's parks, recreation, open spaces and trails.

City Parks and Recreation Director David Pike presented the department's annual report from 2017.

Water/wastewater

The city awarded contracts to bidders for waste and wastewater chemicals. Council members elected to approve a bid to provide the water plant's salt to a local bidder at the additional cost of $80 per year over an out-of-town contractor.

Director of City Wastewater Mark Sollenberger delivered the November and December 2017 reports on waste and wastewater.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment postponed the deadline for the city to make improvements to meet certain nutrient regulations from 2022 to 2027. The decision will likely change how much the city will raise sewer rates to pay for improved systems, Sollenberger said.

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership

Michelle Balleck, director of Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, presented the organization's annual report and an update on efforts to improve broadband access across the region.

The organization is working with other community organizations, including the Local Marketing District and the Moffat County Tourism Association, to re-brand the city of Craig. City leaders hope to reveal a new logo during Artwalk on Feb. 10.

Other updates

• Council members tabled discussion and funding requests for demolition orders on condemned properties, as the staff member set to present the issue was ill. Council will discuss the matter at its next regular meeting.

• Council held a public hearing and approved the owners of Vallerta's Restaurant's application for a change of location. The new location will be open soon, to the pleasure of city council members, who quipped that one council member had lost too much weight since the old location closed.

• The city presented a plaque to Human Resources Coordinator and Deputy City Clerk Liz White for completing the requirements to become a certified municipal clerk.

• The city is refinancing bonds and paying an existing payment on the loan to pay for upgrades to the water treatment plant. City manager Mike Foreman negotiated a lower price of $41,000 for the water and sewer rate study consultant.

• City attorney Sherman Romney said a city ordinance would likely come to council soon to hire a contractor to assist with software and collection as the city transitions to collecting its own sales tax.

• In executive session, council received legal advice and performed the city attorney's annual review.