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Posted on: January 3, 2024

Blog: CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING: Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for their regular meeting on Tuesday evening, January 2, to consider several ordinances and contract awards and review an annexation into the City of Montrose. 

Mayor Barbara Bynum and councilors Dave Frank, Doug Glaspell, David Reed, and Ed Ulibarri met in the City Council Chambers at the Elks Civic Building along with city staff. 

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

Watch the meeting here.

PUBLIC COMMENT

No members of the public offered public comments.

CONSENT AGENDA

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the December 5 regular meeting.

The city’s archive of past meeting minutes can be found on the Public Meetings Portal and at CityofMontrose.org/ArchiveCenter.

City Councilors also approved the designation of the City of Montrose website as the official posting location for meeting notices with the bulletin board in the lobby of City Hall at 400 East Main Street as a secondary location for use in exigent or emergency circumstances. 

ORDINANCE 2653 - SECOND READING

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2653, on second reading, creating the Otter Pond Circle Utility Relocation Special Improvement District. 

City Attorney Chris Dowsey said that the Otter Pond HOA discovered that the Otter Pond Dam was failing in the summer of 2022. The HOA reached out to the city to see what assistance could be provided to these city residents. The city code has a procedure for creating Special Improvement Districts (SID) whereby the city pays the up-front cost of a project related to city infrastructure and distributes the cost to all members within the SID.

On November 6, 2023, the idea of creating the Otter Pond Circle Utility Relocation SID was brought before the City Council. This SID is to pay the cost of the relocation of city utilities within the dam and to spread the cost to all members of the HOA who collectively own the dam.

At the regular City Council meeting held on November 14, the council adopted Resolution 2023-26, the Resolution of Intent to Create the Otter Pond Circle Utility Relocation Special Improvement District. A sufficient number of property owners within the Otter Pond HOA brought forth petitions to create such a district. In compliance with the requirements found in Chapters 1-19 of the Official Code of the City of Montrose, the City Council must approve an ordinance to create the special improvement district.

DAILY BREAD BUILDING ASBESTOS ABATEMENT REQUEST

City Councilors voted 4-1 to approve a proposal to help mitigate asbestos found in the old Daily Bread building in preparation for a new full-service restaurant and bar.  

Anthony Russo of the City of Montrose's Business Development Team said the estimated cost to remove asbestos from the building is $98,376.

Once the asbestos abatement work is complete, efforts to create a new restaurant and bar within the old Daily Bread space will begin. 

COBBLE CREEK WEST UTILITY SERVICE AGREEMENT

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a utility service agreement with Chipeta Water District and WestStar Development, LLC, to provide city water service to the Cobble Creek West Addition.

City Engineer Scott Murphy said the Cobble Creek West Addition is a 65-acre tract of land along 6400 Road, immediately west of the Cobble Creek golf course. 

The area is currently within Chipeta’s water service area; however, as part of recent design efforts performed for its development, it became apparent that Chipeta’s water system would not be able to support the proposed development’s density without substantial, cost-prohibitive system upgrades. As a result, the developer has requested the city consider servicing the area.

NORTH WOODGATE EXTENSION PHASE II MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of agreement with the Marketplace West Condominium Association to create the framework for right-of-way acquisition and completion of the North Woodgate Extension Project’s second phase.

City Engineer Scott Murphy said the city’s Comprehensive Plan and the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Townsend Avenue Access Control Plan both call for an eventual roadway connection between East Oak Grove and Niagara Roads, east of Townsend Avenue. This connection intends to provide a means for commercial and residential traffic in the area to access a traffic signal and avoid the need to turn left onto Townsend Avenue at uncontrolled intersections. The city is scheduled to construct the first phase of the North Woodgate Extension (including the Woodgate/East Oak Grove Roundabout) starting in the fall of 2024.

As a continuation of this effort, Phase II of this project is envisioned to extend the Woodgate Backage Road north up to Encanto Drive along the eastern side of the Marketplace Stores shopping center. Phase II of the North Woodgate Extension would run through the alley access area behind the Marketplace Stores. Doing so would require the acquisition of a right-of-way easement through the area.

To that end, city staff drafted the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to create the framework for the dedication of this right of way and completion of the roadway extension as a city capital project. Additional details on the roadway, commitments, and timelines associated with the project are included in the MOA.

2024 ANNUAL ANNEXATION REPORT AND 3-MILE PLAN

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the 2024 annexation report and 3-mile plan for the City of Montrose.

Planning Manager Jace Hochwalt 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 2024. 

BLOWERS ADDITION ANNEXATION

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2024-01 and Ordinance 2654, on first reading, to approve the annexation of the Blowers Addition. 

City Planner William Reis said the Blowers Addition is a proposed annexation of approximately 15.22 acres in size. The annexation consists of three parcels located on the west side of 6450 Road, south of its intersection with Lincoln Road. 

The addition is within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary, City of Montrose Sewer Service Area, and City of Montrose Water Service Area. Annexation of this property will allow for connection to city utilities. 

ORDINANCE 2655 - FIRST READING 

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2655, on first reading, approving the zoning of the Blowers Addition as an "R-L" Rural Living District. 

2024 BALDRIDGE PARK MASTER PLAN AWARD RECOMMENDATION 

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the award of the Baldridge Park Master Plan contract to Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, LLC (BDM&P) of Portland, Maine, in the amount of $174,048.

Public Works Director Jim Scheid and Parks Superintendent Dan Payne said Public Works requested proposals from qualified consulting firms to provide professional services to update the Baldridge Regional Park Master Plan. The Request for Proposals (RFP) required that the selected firm have proven experience and knowledge in park and recreation planning, project management, and effective public involvement processes and work closely with City and Montrose and Recreation District staff.

The Master Plan will drive Baldridge Regional Park’s long-range and near-term planning and direct decision-making and resources toward a clearly defined vision for its future, including the development and redevelopment of the parks, facilities, open space, and recreation systems over the next 20 years. 

The planning process consists of the following components: needs assessment, visioning, identifying and evaluating community needs, priorities, opportunities, public involvement, realistic goals for implementation, and actions needed to implement the plan. The Master Plan is created from this planning process and the selected firm will provide a response document that summarizes the planning process, the public input process, maps and data collected, the level of service standards and maintenance obligations, a phased implementation/financial plan, and a concept design document.

2024 ASPHALT CRUSHING AWARD RECOMMENDATION 

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the award of a professional service agreement with Rocky Mountain Aggregate and Construction, LLC. for asphalt crushing services at the city’s material storage yard in an amount not to exceed $200,000.

Public Works Director Jim Scheid said the city utilizes a material storage yard (AKA The Pit) on top of Sunset Mesa to store gravel, cobble, fill materials, concrete, and asphalt debris. The asphalt stored at The Pit is made up of pieces of asphalt ranging from baseball size up to large slabs and the pile has grown to a substantial size over the last several years.

The asphalt can be reused for construction or resurfacing of milling trails or processed through an asphalt recycler for patching the city streets. The asphalt needs to be crushed into smaller pieces to meet the specifications of a class 6 base course before it can be utilized for other purposes.

COUNCIL COMMENTS

City Councilors wished everyone a happy new year. 

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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 on-demand through the city’s Public Meetings Portal

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