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Rec center requests

Steering committee seeks feasibility, financial studies

Christina M. Currie

Deciding whether to build a recreation center on the Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig expansion site or to remodel the building Country General occupied isn’t something the steering committee wants to decide without professional assistance.

“It’s too important of a decision, too expensive of a decision for us to decide without professional help,” City Manager Jim Ferree said. “We really do need professional assistance to nail down some of these costs and the feasibility of each site.”

A their meeting Wednesday night, committee members agreed to publish a request for proposals seeking architectural and engineering firms that could create preliminary plans, feasibility studies and cost analysis for both sites.

Ferree estimated the work would cost anywhere between $25,000 and $50,000. He said he would ask the Craig City Council Tuesday night to approve the concept, knowing that some cost will be incurred.

“If you approach the council, is the funding there? Is the commitment there?” CNCC Board of Control member Dana Gregory asked.

Ferree said he believed the council would be open to the idea of recruiting an architect and willing to offer some funding.

“I think that, and not speaking for the City Council, but we just spent a lot of money on a parks and recreation master plan and a recreation center was one of the priorities. We don’t want this plan to sit on a shelf,” he said.

He said he would also approach the Moffat County commissioners, the Moffat County Board of Education and the college board asking for a commitment, knowing some costs will follow.

“We need to see if the school district, CNCC and Moffat County would be willing to participate in concept, not knowing what the cost will ultimately be,” Ferree said.

Ferree and Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike will draft the request for proposals and define the project’s scope. They will bring it back to the committee at its next meeting on June 5 for approval.

“We need an architect that understands we’re looking at remodeling and new construction,” Mayor Dave DeRose said. “Some architects don’t like to do remodels.”

Ferree also recommended that a master plan implementation committee be officially appointed by the Craig City Council.

“This will be a working committee for the next 18 to 24 months, so it needs some official recognition,” he said.

The city, county, school district, college board and Craig Chamber of Commerce will each be asked to designate up to two representatives to sit on what will be a 15-member committee. The remaining committee members will be volunteers from the community. Anyone interested in serving, either on the steering committee or working on the project, can call Pennie Bricker at 826-2029.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 5 in the council chamber of Craig City Hall.

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