CITIZEN EXPRESSES OUTRAGE OVER MIAMI ROAD FARM ADDITION, BYNUM, ROMERO ARE NO-SHOWS FOR MEETING BUT CALL IN VOTES

CITIZEN EXPRESSES OUTRAGE OVER MIAMI ROAD FARM ADDITION,
BYNUM, ROMERO ARE NO-SHOWS FOR MEETING BUT CALL IN VOTES

“This whole process [Miami Farm Addition zoning] was injustice…” Montrose resident Lori Webb.

By Gail Marvel
MONTROSE-Executive Session:
Prior to the regular city council meeting on Nov. 21, 2017 the council held an executive session, “To discuss the purchase, acquisition, lease, transfer, or sale of real, personal, or other property interest under C.R.S. Section 24-6-402(4)(a); and the following additional details are provided for identification purposes: real estate acquisition.” The regular meeting began at 6 p.m.
Attendance: Council member present for the Nov. 21, 2017 Executive Session and regular council meeting were Mayor Judy Ann Files, Mayor Pro Tem Roy Anderson and Dave Bowman; absent were Barbara Bynum and David Romero. Mayor Flies was pleased that Bynum and Romero called in on a conference call in order for council to have a unanimous 5 -0 vote to approve the 2018 Budget (Ordinance 2438 and Resolution 2017-16). A voice vote was taken for these agenda items.
Call For Public Comment for Non-Agenda Items:
Lori Webb said, “This is the last time I hope to be up here [in front of council] for the rest of my life. This whole process [Miami Farm Addition zoning] was injustice. Especially not being able to speak to council members about zoning. You are elected officials and we should be able to be heard. Take into consideration the number of people who did show up for the issue. This [zoning issue] is for the whole town, not just for a few people to make money. Thank you.”
Arvada resident Gene Elliott owns a small company in Conifer and is a dealer for New Way trash trucks. “I’ve been here three times [before council] in the last three years.” Elliott spoke about his company, his product, the service he offers and the training he provides. Referring to recent bids, of which he was one of three bidders, he said, “I am the lowest of the three bids by $20,000. I’m asking for the opportunity to fairly be allowed to bid.”
Approval of Minutes:
Mayor Files was not present for the Nov. 7, 2017. However, she conferred with the city attorney prior to this meeting. The mayor said, “Even though I missed the meeting I watched it online so I will be voting.”
Planning Commission Appointments:
Applicants – Vince Fandel, Carol Mc Bride and Greg Moberg were interviewed previously. Greg Moberg was appointed as a commissioner and Vince Fandel as an alternate. Approved unanimously by the three council members present.
Ordinance 2436 (second reading) – Senior Planner Garry Baker.
This ordinance provides for the zoning of the 165 acre Miami Road Farm Addition as an R-3 (Medium Density District) and a B-4 (Neighborhood Shopping District). There has been public opposition, both in writing and public comment, against the original request for higher density zoning.
This is a ratification of the Planning Commission recommendation that came from the October 11, 2017 meeting. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the R- 3 and B-4 zoning, with the condition that multi-family residences are a prohibited use in the B-4 zoned areas of the Addition.
Baker said, “I have no further comments.” Councilman Dave Bowman said, “Go ahead and tell me what else we can do in the R3. I’d like that written into the record so there is no confusion.”
After reading the code into the record Baker did not say that zoning changes to the Miami Farm Addition would never happen in the future, but that any changes, “Require a hearing before the Planning Commission.”
Ratified unanimously by the three council members present.
New Brew Pub Liquor License – City Attorney Stephen Alcorn.
A hearing to consider approval of a Brew Pub liquor license for Two Rascals Brewing Company, located at 147 N. First Street. Currently Two Rascals has a (manufacturing) liquor license; however, the new Brew Pub Liquor license will allow the establishment to serve wine, cider and hard liquor, in addition to beer. Approved unanimously by the three council members present.
2018 Budget Approval
Ordinance 2438 (second reading) – Finance Director Shani Wittenberg.
Provides and appropriates funds for defraying the expenses and liabilities of the City of Montrose during the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2018.
Mayor Files read into the record written statements from councilmen Bynum and Romero, who were not present in person at the meeting, but were on a conference call.
Wittenberg stated that the budget had been discussed a lot over the last six or seven months, “I can answer questions or I have a presentation [PowerPoint] I can give if you want to be here until 11 o’clock.” Approved unanimously by all five of council through conference call and voice vote.
Resolution 2017-16
The resolution is to adopt the 2018 Municipal Budget, which has a total appropriation of $57,836,928.
Approved unanimously by all five of council through conference call and voice vote.
Ordinance 2439 (second reading) – Senior Planner Garry Baker.
This Ordinance vacates a portion of North Stough Avenue which gives Montrose County better access to the new events center. Approved unanimously by the three council members present.
Resolution 2017-17 – Senior Planner Garry Baker.
This resolution sets a hearing date for the annexation of the Recalde Addition. The property is located off West Main Street north of the trailhead and is slated for the planned multi-use trail along the Uncompahgre River.
Baker said, “The site is surrounded by the city limits. The city will purchase a portion of the property for a key piece of the trail project [trail underpass].” The hearing date is set for January 2, 2018. Approved unanimously by the three council members present.
Resolution 2017-18 – City Manager Bill Bell.
This resolution requests coverage under FPPA Defined Benefit System administered by the Fire and Police Pension Association for new police officers. Bell said, “This was talked about in a work session. I support it. It’s something our sworn officers have asked for.”
Resident Dave Stockton said, “How are new police officers defined?” Bell explained that all officers, if they choose, can move to the new benefit plan; however, any new hires would be under the new plan. Approved unanimously by the three council members present.
Resolution 2017-19 – Finance Director Shani Wittenberg.
This resolution fixes the tax levy for the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2018 and ending Dec. 31, 2018. The DDA anticipates the continuation of the 5.0 mill tax levy upon each dollar of the assessed valuation of all taxable property located within the DDA.
Wittenberg described this as a “housekeeping resolution.” Mayor Files said, “Essentially we are saying this is nothing new. The amount of the mill levy is the same and not changing.” Approved unanimously by the three council members present.
Cedar View Subdivision Planned Development Amendment – Assistant City Attorney Andrew Boyko.
This is a consideration of a Waiver and Release between the city and Cedarview Development, LLC concerning a pedestrian crossing/bridge over Cedar Creek. The city, as well as the five landowners involved, have determined the bridge is not needed. Boyko said, “This is a consensual agreement.” Both the Fire Department and the Police Department were consulted and neither saw a need for additional emergency access. Approved unanimously by the three council members present.
Waterfall Canyon Preliminary Plat No. 2 – Senior Planner Garry Baker.
This is a consideration of Waterfall Canyon Preliminary Plat No. 2. Baker said, “This was first approved in 2005. There are no changes, it simply extends the filing period for five years.” Approved unanimously by the three council members present.
Colorado Outdoors Planned Development – Senior Planner Garry Baker.
This is consideration to approve the Colorado Outdoors Planned Development. The Planning Staff Report states, “Colorado Outdoors is multi-phase, multi-use commercial and residential subdivision proposed on 165 acres in northwestern Montrose. This preliminary plat prepares five lots for development, dedicates 41 acres of 92 open space along the river corridor, and leaves five outlots for future phases of the development.”
Baker said, “This allows certain discretion and flexibility on the project [street/sidewalk adjustments, some parking lot changes]. A few minor site changes. This gives us flexibility for the Uncompahgre River buffer zone. There will be some flexibility on the part of the city and the developer.” Approved unanimously by the three council members present.
Colorado Outdoors Preliminary Plat – Senior Planner Garry Baker.
This is consideration of the Colorado Outdoors Preliminary Plat. Baker said, “This would be the first phase of the Colorado Outdoor project, a loop road. This gives the developer authorization to go ahead and develop streets so they can sell lots.” Approved unanimously by the three council members present.
Bear Creek Phase 1 and Bear Creek Phase 2a, P.D. Plan Amendment 4, final plat – Senior Planner Garry Baker.
This is consideration of Bear Creek Phase 1 and Bear Creek Phase 2a, P.D. Plan Amendment 4, final plat. Approximately 1.8 acres. Baker said, “This area was authorized for multiple or single family development. The developer went with single family. Approved unanimously by the three council members present.
Staff Reports:
Sales, Use, and Excise Tax Report – Finance Director Shani Wittenberg.
Wittenberg said, “All the funds look really good at this time.” YTD Retail Sales Tax – $10,917,155; YTD Total Collected Sales & Use Tax – $12,262,016; YTD Montrose Recreation District (0.3%) – $1,226,512; YTD Retail Enhancement Program – $237,879.
Third Quarter Budget Review – Finance Director Shani Wittenberg.
The following capital projects were budgeted in the Governmental Funds for 2017:
• Equipment for the SWAT team in the Police Department
• LED lighting installation along the middle trail will continue in 2017
• Pedestrian Bridge resurfacing in Rotary and Riverbottom Parks
• New Dog Park in Cerise Park – Completed and dedicated on July 22nd
• West side arterial extension construction from S. First to S. Third – Completed and opened late October
• Sidewalk and ADA improvements throughout town and Northside Elementary sidewalk improvements
• Alley reconstruction between Main and S. First and Cascade and Uncompahgre
• Hillcrest/Miami Roundabout Engineering & ROW acquisition
• Hillcrest Extension Design – Niagara to East Oak Grove Road
• Completion of the Otter Road Box Culvert project
The report lists capital improvement projects (hydrant replacement, shut-off valves, rotor gear boxes, digester ladders, etc.) for both the Water Fund and the Sewer Fund.
Projects for the Black Canyon Golf Course include back 9 sand traps; Range net & posts; drainage improvements at hole #10 & #12; landscaping at Miami and Columbine and concrete bridge decking.
Public Information Report – City Manager Bill Bell.
Bell deferred to staff for reports. City Clerk Lisa DelPiccolo noted a four-hour alcohol server training class is scheduled for Dec. 7th. Twenty applicants have signed up; however, there is room for more people who would like to attend the class.
Assistant City Manager/OBT Director Rob Joseph gave a rundown of upcoming holiday events, the scheduled times and the sale of Montrose Bucks. The Parade of Lights will be held on Dec. 2nd at 5:30.
City Council Comments
Councilman Bowman donned his promotional hat to promote the Montrose Daily Press’ Best Business issue and hinted that his summer music series would be in the running. Bowman also promoted a fundraiser to be held at the Horsefly.
Councilman Anderson had no comments and Mayor Files reflected on community participation during the recent Silver Star Award presentation, “It’s nice to have our community come together.”