Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for their regular meeting Tuesday evening, January 18, to consider a pair of new restaurant liquor licenses, a number of contracts for city projects, and a contract with the Colorado Department of Transportation to improve the West Main Street area.
Councilors Barbara Bynum, Dave Frank, Doug Glaspell, and Anthony Russo met in City Council Chambers along with city staff. Councilor David Reed was absent. Due to COVID-19 protocols, members of the public were allowed to attend in-person or online via the Zoom platform.
The following is a summary of the primary topics discussed during the meeting.
Watch the meeting here.
SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK PROCLAMATION
Mayor Doug Glaspell read a proclamation declaring January 23 - 29 as School Choice Week within the City of Montrose.
"All children in the City of Montrose should have access to the highest-quality education possible and the City of Montrose recognizes the important role that an effective education plays in preparing all students in our community to be successful adults. Quality education is critically important to the economic vitality of the City of Montrose," Glaspell said.
Glaspell said the City of Montrose is home to a multitude of high-quality public and nonpublic schools from which parents can choose, in addition to families who educate their children in the home. Educational variety not only helps to diversify our economy, but also enhances the vibrancy of our community.
“The City of Montrose has many high-quality teaching professionals in all types of school settings who are committed to educating our children and School Choice Week is celebrated across the country by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and organizations to raise awareness of the need for effective educational options. Therefore we, the City Council of the City of Montrose, Colorado, do hereby recognize January 23 – January 29, 2022, as School Choice Week in the City of Montrose,” Glaspell said.
No members of the public offered any comment.
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the January 4 regular City Council meeting.
The city’s archive of past meeting minutes can be found on the new Public Meetings Portal and at CityofMontrose.org/ArchiveCenter.
City Councilors also voted unanimously to reschedule the April 5 regular City Council meeting to Monday, April 4, at 6 p.m. The June 21 regular meeting has also been rescheduled to Monday, June 20, at 6 p.m.
By approving the consent agenda, the council also approved a list of city-owned equipment bound for disposal. The council reviewed the list at the January 3 work session. Items will be auctioned through Govdeals.com or via a local, reputable auction service in accordance with Section 1-16-5 of the Municipal Code.
NEW HOTEL AND RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATION
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a new hotel and restaurant liquor license at 647 E. Main Street, for Roteman’s LLC, doing business as Roteman’s Cattlemen’s Table.
The City Council serves as the local liquor licensing board for the City of Montrose. Councilors held a public hearing before voting to approve the license.
Of the 59 petition signatures submitted in support of the license, 48 signatures were determined to be valid.
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a new hotel and restaurant liquor license at 216 North Townsend Avenue, for Mimos LLC, doing business as Mimo’s.
Councilors held a public hearing before voting to approve the license. Of the 126 petition signatures submitted in support of the license, 78 signatures were determined to be valid.
An additional 32 signatures were collected on lined paper (non-petition forms). As an affidavit of the circulator was not included, these signatures could be not verified and were not included in the summary count.
SOUTHEAST WATER TRANSMISSION MAIN CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a contract totaling $3,270,668 for the Southeast Water Transmission Main Construction Project. This award includes a construction contract with Williams Construction in the amount of $3,228,068 and a construction stakeout contract with Del-Mont Consultants in the amount of $42,600.
City Engineer Scott Murphy said the City of Montrose Water Master Plan calls for the installation of a 24-inch diameter transmission line starting at the connection point with Project 7, at U.S. Highway 50 near Miami Road, and ultimately running to the Sunnyside Road Water Tank.
In line with this plan, over the past several years the city has upsized approximately 1.2 miles of existing lines coming down Miami Road and turning south to Sunnyside Road along the 6800 Road alignment. This project will continue these efforts by installing a new 1.8-mile line from the intersection of 6800 and Sunnyside Roads south to the intersection of East Oak Grove and 6700 Roads.
The new line will run along open fields, rights of way, open space areas, and through the middle of Fox Park. The transmission main is a dedicated fill line for the tanks and, as a result, will generally run independent of the existing water distribution system. The line is needed in order to keep up with growing water demands.
HILL STREET EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a contract totaling $1,053,380 for construction of the Hill Street Extension Project. This includes the award of a construction contract to Oldcastle SW Group in the amount of $1,028,280 and a construction stakeout contract to Del-Mont Consultants in the amount of $25,100.
City Engineer Scott Murphy said the City of Montrose Comprehensive Plan calls for the eventual extension of Hill Street as a minor arterial from its current terminus up to Miami Road. The project proposed by this contract will implement the first phase of this extension (approximately 1,400 linear feet) up to Sunnyside Road. The road extension is taking place concurrent with development of the Woods Crossing Subdivision currently under construction on either side of the roadway extension.
CERISE PARK WATERLINE BORE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT CHANGE ORDER
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a contract change in the amount of $30,000 to Ridgway Valley Enterprises for the Cerise Park Waterline Bore Project to compensate for out-of-scope work elements and unanticipated soil conditions.
City Engineer Scott Murphy said the City of Montrose Utilities Division has been working over the past two years to construct a waterline connection from the intersection of Shanes Way/Chipeta Drive, through Cerise Park, across the Uncompahgre River, and connecting to an existing water main in Riverbottom Park.
This line provides another redundant connection point across the Uncompahgre River (currently the city’s water system only has three river crossings) and also provides water service to the new amphitheater. The city’s in-house utility crews have completed all reaches of the waterline within Cerise Park and up to the Uncompahgre River.
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2022-01 authorizing the City of Montrose to enter into a $2 million grant contract with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the West Main Complete Streets Project.
During a work session on January 3, City Councilors were updated about a project with CDOT focusing on the West Main Street area.
According to City Engineer Scott Murphy, in August 2021 the City of Montrose was selected to receive $2 million in funds from CDOT to improve the safety, mobility, and economic development of Montrose's West Main Street corridor.
The focus area of the project spans from downtown Montrose west along Main Street to the West Main Trailhead at the Uncompahgre River. This project, entitled West Main Complete Streets, aims to create a safe corridor between the city's downtown business district and the Uncompahgre River, which is viewed as vital in terms of connecting downtown to this recreational area and the growing residential neighborhoods of west Montrose.
Murphy said the City Council would need to approve a resolution to enter into the agreement with CDOT to begin the design process.
Improvements to the West Main Street corridor will include roadway conversion, ADA-compliant sidewalks, and new bike lanes in both directions for the full length of the project area on West Main Street. The final design will be developed through a public process and in coordination with CDOT. Improvements will be based on traffic studies and data collected throughout the West Main Street corridor.
City staff began working with local residents and consultants in summer 2020 to create a detailed vision of improvements to the West Main Street corridor. A key finding from those meetings was the need for a safe bike and pedestrian connection between the Uncompahgre River and downtown.
In the city’s grant application it was stated that this project will add an exciting and necessary connection to a variety of Montrose neighborhoods and will improve the quality of life for a very diverse group of Montrose residents.
More about this project will be released in the coming weeks and months.
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2022-02, setting March 1, 2022, as the hearing date for the annexation of the Mier Addition.
According to Senior City Planner Amy Sharp, the Mier Addition is a proposed annexation approximately 14.67 acres in size. The parcel is located east of 6530 Road, west of 6600 Road, and north of Locust Road. It is within the city’s
Urban Growth Boundary, Tri-County Water Service Area, and the City of Montrose Sewer Service Area. Annexation of this property will allow for future housing development. An annexation agreement will be required.
Proposed Zoning: “R-4” High Density District
Applicant: Calvin and Helen Mier
2022 ANNEXATION REPORT AND THREE-MILE PLAN
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the City of Montrose 2022 Annual Annexation Report and 3-Mile Plan, as stipulated by Colorado statutes.
Senior City Planner Amy Sharp said the city is required to adopt and file a plan each year that contains written policies and maps to illustrate annexation priorities, eligible enclave annexations, existing city limits, growth areas, and transportation routes. The plan will fulfill the statutory requirement to have a “plan in place” for the annexation of new properties in 2022.
Notable figures in Sharp's presentation include the total number of acres annexed into the city in 2018 (55.7 acres), in 2019 (17.68 acres), in 2020 (63.6 acres), and in 2021 (166.327 acres)
MONTROSE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX FF&E CONTRACT AWARD
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve $559,451 for the purchase and installation of furniture for the Montrose Public Safety Complex (MPSC).
Public Works Manager Jim Scheid said the city issued an RFP for the selection of a vendor to provide and install the furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FFE). Blythe Group and Company (BG&Co), the architect for the MPSC project, developed and managed the procurement of the FFE vendor through the city’s procurement process.
The scope for this award is only for the furniture portion of “FFE”. This includes all tables, chairs, desks, cabinets, etc. throughout the building. The necessary fixtures and equipment needed for the project are included within the scope of a contractor on the construction team or as an anticipated owner expense.
Three proposals were received and all are considered qualified and complete. Office Outfitters had the highest evaluation score using the proposal selection criteria and their bid is considered to be the best value to the City of Montrose.
Due to technical difficulties City Finance Director Shani Wittenberg’s report regarding sales, use, and excise taxes in Montrose was not formally presented, however, the full year-to-date report is available online
Read the reports in their entirety here.
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