Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for their regular meeting Tuesday evening, February 1, to consider a business loan to a local restaurant, a new IGA with the Montrose Recreation District, and the purchase of two new dump trucks for Public Works.
Councilors Barbara Bynum, Dave Frank, Doug Glaspell, David Reed, and Anthony Russo met in City Council Chambers along with city staff. 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.
Mayor Doug Glaspell formally delivered the oath of office for the City of Montrose’s Assistant City Attorney Chris Dowsey.
No members of the public offered any comment.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the January 18 special and regular City Council meetings.
The city’s archive of past meeting minutes can be found on the new Public Meetings Portal and at CityofMontrose.org/ArchiveCenter.
DART COMMERCIAL KITCHEN/SMALL BUSINESS EXPANSION PROJECT - TRATTORIA DI SOFIA
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve funding to expand a commercial kitchen for a local restaurant that is relocating from downtown.
According to City Manager Bill Bell, Trattoria Di Sofia is an Italian dine‐in and take‐out restaurant currently located at 110 North Townsend Avenue, where they have operated since November 2015.
The owners of Trattoria Di Sofia, Sergio and Xochitl Zamora, are relocating their restaurant to a space in the new Flex Building within the Montrose Urban Renewal Authority in order to double the current seating capacity, offer outdoor dining, and provide new menu items such as gourmet pizza.
The City Council and the Montrose Development and Revitalization Team, DART, board have agreed to approve a DART Business Expansion Loan in the amount of $88,750 and a DART Commercial Kitchen Program Capital Incentive loan of $250,000.
INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT WITH MONTROSE RECREATION DISTRICT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a new Intergovernmental Agreement, IGA, with the Montrose Recreation District, MRD, for shared services in 2022.
The IGA includes provisions for park and sporting field maintenance, IT support, and other services.
Updates include the city’s commitment to perform crack seal maintenance in the parking lot of the Community Recreation Center while MRD staff will maintain the lawn in front of the new Rotary Amphitheater in Cerise Park.
BEAR CREEK FILING #6 FINAL PLAT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Filing No. 6 Final Plat for the Bear Creek Subdivision.
Senior City Planner Amy Sharp said the Bear Creek Subdivision Filing No. 6 Final Plat proposes to create 38 new residential lots, 1 outlot, and dedicated right of ways and/or easements.
The property is zoned “R-3A” Medium High Density District and “R-5” Low Density/
Manufactured Housing District. It is located north of Lilac Road, south of Lincoln Road, east of 6530 Road, and west of 6600 Road. City acceptance of new roads and infrastructure improvements is planned for January 2022.
Total Size of Property: 36.15 acres
Applicant: Bear Creek Land & Development, LLC
EQUIPMENT PURCHASE RECOMMENDATION
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the purchase of two dump trucks from Jackson Group Peterbilt in Grand Junction, for $493,078.
According to Public Works Manager Jim Scheid, the city’s Fleet Division has budgeted to replace two dump trucks in 2022. These trucks will come with new plows and one new sander to assist with snow removal operations.
The pricing is utilizing a Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing Agreement (CPA) contract 060920-PMC. The CPA allows the city to take advantage of previously awarded government pricing. Both trucks would be purchased through Jackson Group Peterbilt because the company is the regional vendor for these trucks. The pricing is for dump trucks that match the city’s existing fleet.
The Fleet Division has collected a total of $464,000 over the last 17 years for the replacement of these trucks and that amount is included in the city’s 2022 budget. The budgeted amounts were based on quotes received in July 2021 and included inflationary increases that were anticipated at that time. The purchase amount exceeds budget by $29,079.
Youth City Councilor Harrison Hall said the Youth Council recently received a $1,000 donation to help the council host future events. Hall also said the council has been receiving updates on new Municipal Code language as it relates to underage possession of tobacco and cannabis.
Montrose Police Chief Blaine Hall said the department is preparing to bring its Citizens Police Academy back after it was interrupted due to the COVID pandemic.
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