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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Blog: CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION: Monday, June 14

Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for a work session Tuesday morning, June 14, to review changes to the Municipal Code, review plans for two new annexations, hear an update about the Public Art eXperience program, and consider a plan for an emergency traffic signal replacement. 


Councilors Barbara Bynum, Dave Frank, Doug Glaspell, David Reed, and Anthony Russo met in City Council Chambers along with city staff. Members of the public were also able to attend in person or via the Zoom platform. 


The following is a summary of the primary topics discussed during the meeting. 


Watch the meeting here.


REVISIONS TO THE MUNICIPAL CODE


Assistant City Attorney Matthew Magliaro told the council that policing regulations, contained in the city’s Municipal Code, require updates from time to time and must be approved by the council. 


Magliaro explained in detail the proposed changes, using several cases before the Municipal Court, as well as state and federal cases, as examples to help the council get a clearer view as to why the changes are needed.  


The revision states "Title 6 Chapter 1 Section 19 (6-1-19) only is hereby repealed:"


This language includes: “It shall be unlawful for any person to offer or use any document, card, license or other evidence of identification or age of such person for the purpose of making sales or purchases, cashing checks, gaining admission to any place or for any other purpose, where such identification is false, fraudulent, incorrect, forged or altered, or misrepresents such person, or his age, or does not belong to such person.”


Councilors will vote to approve or deny the code revision at an upcoming council meeting. 


RIVERSIDE PARK ADDITION II ANNEXATION


The Riverside Park Addition II is a proposed annexation approximately 2.09 acres in size. The parcel is located south and west of Shane’s Way and east of Chipeta Road. 


According to City Planner William Reis, the City Council would have the opportunity to consider approving the annexation and zoning ordinances for the addition at future council meetings.


The property is within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary, the City of Montrose Water Service Area, and the West Montrose Sanitation District. Annexation of this property would clean up an orphaned parcel of city-owned property. A council resolution to set a hearing date is not required for this annexation as it is a city-owned property. 


Reis said city staff is recommending approval of the annexation and a zoning of “P” for Public District.


RIVERSIDE PARK ADDITION III ANNEXATION


The Riverside Park Addition III is a proposed annexation approximately 0.032 acres in size. The parcel is located south and west of Shane’s Way and east of Chipeta Road.


The property is within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary, the City of Montrose Water Service Area, and the West Montrose Sanitation District. Annexation of this property would clean up an orphaned parcel of city-owned property. The Council Resolution to set a hearing date is not required for this annexation as it is a city-owned property.


Reis said city staff is recommending approval of the annexation and zoning of “P” for Public District. The council will consider approving the annexation and zoning ordinances for the addition at future council meetings.


TRANSFER AND ALLOCATION OF PUBLIC ART EXPERIENCE (PAX) FUNDS


City Councilors were presented with a plan to transfer funds for the Montrose Public Art eXperience, or PAX, in the amount of  $8,312.23 from the Montrose Community Foundation and allocate said funds to the city’s PAX program fund. 


According to the proposed resolution, the PAX program was established in 2006 as a cooperative partnership between the PAX Steering Committee, the City of Montrose, local business sponsors, and the public. It became a Montrose Downtown Development Authority (DDA) program.


The DDA was reorganized as the City of Montrose Development and Revitalization Team (DART) in 2017, and DART seeks to reinitiate the Montrose Public Art eXperience program to recognize and celebrate the importance of public art through sculptures, murals, community events, promotions, and other public, art-oriented initiatives. 



The Montrose Community Foundation has managed the Public Art eXperience fund while the program was being coordinated by the DDA and it is necessary to transfer the remaining cash balance to the City of Montrose for such funds to be allocated to the (PAX) program.


The City of Montrose and Montrose Development and Revitalization Team

(DART) will use these residual funds to promote and manage the Public Art eXperience program moving forward. 


Councilors will vote whether to approve the transfer at the July 6 City Council meeting. 


EMERGENCY REPLACEMENT OF TRAFFIC SIGNAL EXPENSE AUTHORIZATION


City Councilors were presented with an emergency expense authorization in the amount of $322,000 for the replacement of a damaged traffic signal at Nevada Ave and Main St.


According to Public Works Manager Jim Scheid, the funds would pay for a new two-arm style traffic signal, along with upgrades to failing infrastructure (cabinet and underground) to bring the intersection’s traffic signals up to current design standards.


On May 12, the traffic signal at Nevada and Main St (city-owned) was severely damaged by a vehicle accident. After consulting with the city’s traffic signal and lighting consultant, it was determined that the signal needed to be removed because of unrepairable structural damage.


The light was removed and replaced with a temporary signal. The city is in contact with the responsible party’s insurance company to seek compensation for a portion of the total cost of this project.


The replacement traffic signal with two main posts and two pedestrian crossing pedestals has an estimated cost of $250,000. The lead time on the replacement is about five months. In the meantime, there is a temporary traffic signal in place at an estimated cost of $30,000 over the next five months. Scheid also recommended including a 15 percent contingency to the estimated costs for unforeseen issues or cost inflations. This would bring the total project expense to $322,000.


Councilors will vote to approve or deny the expenditure at the June 14 City Council meeting. 


GENERAL CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION


City Council Dave Frank mentioned the Welcome Home Montrose Warrior Resource Center would help three medically discharged veterans acquire job training. Frank also said councilors have been kicking around the idea of building a city float for the 4th of July Parade. 


Councilor David Reed said city staff was to be commended for a successful FUNC Fest this past weekend in Riverbottom Park. Councilors Dave Frank and Doug Glaspell said the crowds were great and everyone seemed to have a good time getting outside and having fun along the Uncompahgre River. 


STAFF COMMENTS 


City Manager Bill Bell said the FUNC Fest was a successful city event put on by many staff representing different divisions within the city. Bell said the city was grateful to Colorado Boy Brewing for providing extra kegs of beer at the festival.  


Chief of Police Blaine Hall reported that police officers are very busy this time of year and have been running from call to call to keep up. Hall said construction workers have been busy next door working on the new Public Safety Complex. The next big event will be the construction of the building’s elevator shaft. For public safety, the public is reminded to stay out of the construction site. 


Office of Business and Tourism Director Lisa Kuczmarski said city staff estimates that about 5,000 people attended last weekend’s FUNC Fest. 


City Engineer Scott Murphy said progress was continuing on the city’s new water tank on Sunset Mesa. Due to material shortages, the painting of the exterior of the tank was delayed until further notice. Murphy also reported that several safety barriers are being installed to prevent the public from accessing the tank and trying to climb the tank structure itself. 


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All City Council meetings are recorded and made available online via the city’s website and cable channels 191 for Charter subscribers and 970 for Elevate subscribers. Replays of council meetings are also broadcast at 6 p.m. on the same channels on days that the council is not in session. 


In addition, each regular meeting is archived on the City of Montrose’s YouTube channel


Residents can watch all regular City Council meetings and work sessions live through the city’s website at CityOfMontrose.org/Video


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