Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for their regular meeting Tuesday evening, October 6, to interview six applicants to the city’s Youth Council, consider a number of resolutions, ordinances, annexations, and a bid award for a sewer project.
Councilors Roy Anderson, Dave Bowman, Barbara Bynum, Dave Frank, and Doug Glaspell and staff met in Council Chambers for about 43 minutes while maintaining COVID-19 social distancing protocols. The public was invited to attend via the Zoom platform. The following is a summary of the primary topics discussed during the meeting.
2020 MAYOR'S WATER CHALLENGE ANNOUNCEMENT
Mayor Barbara Bynum announced that Montrose finished 4th in the nation during the 9th Annual Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual challenge, normally held each spring, was held in August. A total of 1,300 local residents submitted online pledges committing to cut overall water usage by a combined 4,444,978 gallons per year.
Bynum also announced that local resident Gary Robertson won a local drawing for a portable shower system designed to run on a single gallon of water.
Robertson was randomly selected from among the 1,300 local pledges.
Geyser Technologies manufactures the shower system in Montrose. It uses one-tenth of the water and is half the weight of any other portable shower system on the market.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Councilors voted unanimously to approve the minutes of both the September 15, 2020, special and regular meetings. The city’s archive of past meeting minutes can be found at: CityofMontrose.org/ArchiveCenter.
WATCH Tuesday’s meeting here.
YOUTH COUNCIL APPLICANT INTERVIEWS
City Councilors interviewed six potential applicants to serve on the city's Youth Council for its 2020-2021 term.
Montrose area students Chyanne Storrs, Grace Hotsenpiller, Gunnison Clamp, Josie Coulter, Zach Oldroyd, and Mari Wilson were interviewed.
The Montrose Youth Council was established to encourage greater youth participation in the city’s government and is charged with actively providing the City Council with thoughtful recommendations on issues concerning youth and assisting city staff in considering youth perspectives in its planning efforts.
Councilors voted unanimously to set Tuesday, November 3, as the hearing date for the annexation of the Woodgate Addition No. 4.
UNREIN ADDITION II ANNEXATION
Councilors voted unanimously on two items relating to the Unrein Addition.
Senior City Planner Amy Sharp presented a proposal to annex a small strip of land, less than an acre in size, to be included in the existing Unrein Addition, which is already part of the city. According to Sharp, the .87-acre orphaned strip of land was not annexed into the city when the main portion of the Unrein property was annexed in the early 2000s. The unincorporated property is surrounded by city property. The annexation of the .87-acre parcel is a formal cleanup of city maps and will simply be added to the large Unrein Addition.
Resolution 2020-21, a "findings of fact" for the annexation, was approved unanimously, as was Ordinance 2509 on first reading.
Councilors voted unanimously to approve an ordinance on first reading zoning the Unrein Addition as a "B-2" highway commercial district.
2020 SANITARY SEWER CURED-IN-PLACE PIPE BID AWARD
Councilors voted unanimously to approve a contract with Insituform Technologies, LLC in the amount not to exceed $200,000, for cured-in-place lining of sanitary sewers.
The city originally entered a renewable contract with Granite Inliner for this project in 2018. Once this year's list for the Cured-in-Place Pipe Project (CIPP) was identified, Granite Inliner verbally agreed to perform the work. Following the discussion on the August 3, 2020, City Council work session, the company informed the city that they would not be able to complete the work this year as their schedule was full. Upon receiving this information, the staff prepared a formal bid request with Insituform Technologies.
The project is scheduled to be completed no later than December 31, 2020. The first part of the project will consist of pre-cleaning and video inspection of the line segments in preparation for the lining process.
There were no staff reports presented Tuesday.
Mayor Bynum said the City Council, along with staff, were attending a community walkthrough of the La Raza Park neighborhood Wednesday evening, October 7, to see what improvements can be made to the area.
Bynum said the walkthrough will occur at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, starting at the trailhead near North 9th Street and Grand Avenue.
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