MAY 8, 2012
STATE OF COLORADO )
COUNTY OF LOGAN )ss
CITY OF STERLING )
As required by the Colorado Sunshine Law, the meeting was posted timely in the City Hall lobby more than twenty-four hours in advance of the meeting.
Pastor John Roberts, First Baptist Church, gave the invocation. Mayor Joy led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The City Council of the City of Sterling, Colorado, met in regular session in Council Chambers of City Hall, on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Mayor Joy called the meeting to order at7:00 p.m.
City Manager Kiolbasa
City Attorney Penny
City Clerk Forbes
Public Works Director Allen
Citizens present: 21
Councilmember Lawson made a motion to approve the consent agenda. Councilmember Rice seconded the motion. By a seven-yes vote, the motion was approved.
Items on the consent agenda were: City Council minutes of April 24, 2012, appointment of Ray Ann Brammer to the Sterling Urban Renewal Authority, application for renewal of 3.2 percent beer retail license (off premises) and report of changes for Wal-Mart located at 1510 West Main Street.
COMMUNICATION AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE OF NON-SCHEDULED CITIZENS BEFORE THE COUNCIL:
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES UPDATE:
- Master Plan – City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that RFPs are due May 15. The Planning Commission is still requesting assistance from a Councilmember.
- Scalva Homestead – Auction service bids are due back May 18.
- Nuisance Ordinance – There was a meeting with the City Attorney.
- Water Conservation Board – City Manager Kiolbasa will be attending a meeting Thursday, May 10. They may have dollars available for maintenance of the Pioneer Drain Ditch.
- Water Restriction Resolution – City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that he has been contacted by Brian Kailey, Extension Agent. He has an education program that he felt would be helpful for citizens.
- Jake Brakes – This will be discussed later on the agenda.
- Electronic Media – City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that roaming costs would be charged if they were past Wiggins.
- FBO at airport – City Manager Kiolbasa advised he would be meeting with Michael Dye who is the consultant for the FBO at the airport. He has a meeting with him at the airport on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
- Neighborhood Revitalization program – Councilmember Brungardt advised Council that the Logan County Economic Development will be working to update the bill that was prepared. They are hoping for passage next year.
- Quiet Zone Study – Mayor Joy advised he would like to look closer at the dollars involved if the City would abandon one crossing and go with a quiet zone. He feels the City needs to look at what it would cost prior to going for grants.
Councilmember Flores had questions regarding the quiet zone. He advised that he feels the sound of a horn is a piece of Americana. He has not noticed the train noise. He would like to get more information regarding this. Mayor Joy advised there are some businesses that cannot function with the sound of the horns. Councilmember Lawson advised that he has adapted to the noise as he lives right across the highway from the railroad tracks. He advised he does not see paying one year of road budget to install the quiet zones. There was further discussion regarding this.
Councilmember Hershberger advised Council that with his new job requirements he would be resigning from City Council effective June 1, 2012.
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that he would get the information for the process used to appoint a new Councilmember to them before the next meeting so they can review it prior to the meeting.
City Attorney Penny advised Council that he has sent the lease back to the railroad for their review and asking for a 10-year lease. The lease is now in their legal department.
Councilmember Flores made a motion to table the railroad lease until the next regular Council meeting on May 22, 2012. Councilmember Hershberger seconded the motion. By a seven-yes vote, the motion was approved.
IF I WERE MAYOR PRESENTATIONS:
Mayor Joy advised that he appreciates the efforts of all the seventh graders. The three essays selected for the CML State’s competition were (in no particular order): Brady Krier, Peyton Kloberdanz and Meagan Crouch. Each of the three students were given a certificate, “City of Sterling” lapel pin and $50 of Chamber Bucks.
PUBLIC HEARING – APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EVENTS PERMIT – STERLING ELKS LODGE #1336 – 321 ASH STREET:
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that this application for a Special Events Permit was filed by the Sterling Elks Lodge #1336 to be held in the parking lot adjacent to the Elks, in connection with the Logan County 125th Anniversary celebration planned in the area of the Logan County Courthouse, to be held on June 1, 2012 from 5:00 o’clock p.m. to 10:00 o’clock p.m. The application is in proper form and the fee has been submitted. The premises were properly posted. A letter was sent to the applicant advising of the date of the public hearing and requesting a representative be present at this meeting to answer any questions City Council might have concerning the application.
Present to address Council was Mr. William Kinney, Elks Lodge.
Mayor Joy opened the public hearing.
There were no comments.
Mayor Joy closed the public hearing.
Councilmember Brigham made a motion to approve the special event permit for the Sterling Elks Lodge #1336 located at 321 Ash Street. Councilmember Brungardt seconded the motion.
Council asked if there would be fencing around the area. Mr. Kinney advised that they would monitor who goes in and out of the area.
By a seven-yes vote, the motion was approved.
Councilmember Brungardt advised that she would check with the County Commissioners to see if they would be closing the street.
DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORT:
Public Works Director Jim Allen gave his department report.
RESOLUTION NO. 5-1-12, SERIES OF 2012 – A RESOLUTION BEFORE THE CITY OF STERLING, LOGAN COUNTY, COLORADO APPROVING AN AMENDED GATEWAY BUSINESS PARK REDEVELOPMENT AND REIMBURSEMENT AGREEMENT:
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that this resolution approves an Amended Redevelopment and Reimbursement Agreement pertaining to the Gateway Business Park. The original agreement which set forth an understanding and agreement between the developer and the City as to the manner in which certain improvement will be financed and constructed to ensure the orderly and timely development of the blighted property was previously approved by Resolution No. 7-2-07, Series of 2007; however, due to market conditions and various other circumstances, the conditions of that agreement were not completed within the five-year term of the original agreement. This amended agreement extends the term for completion of those terms.
Councilmember Brungardt made a motion to approve the Amended Gateway Business Park Redevelopment and Reimbursement Agreement. Councilmember Brigham seconded the motion.
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that this is between the City, Land Development and Sterling Urban Renewal Authority for South Railway Street. This will be a concrete street with curb and gutter.
By a seven-yes vote, the motion was approved.
DISCUSSION REGARDING JAKE BRAKES:
City Attorney Penny advised Council that there was a draft of the Jake Brake Ordinance in the Council packet. This would make it illegal to operate Jake brakes in the City limits. Council had no problems with the ordinance and asked this to be on the next Council meeting agenda.
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council of the CML conference in Breckenridge in June. Early registration deadline is May 18.
The CML District I meeting is in Brush. They have extended the registration deadline to May 11.
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that he would be bringing to Council a proposal for the electronic media.
City Manager Kiolbasa handed out a map of South 2nd Avenue. This is behind Sun Mart. He advised this would be coming to Council to issue a license for the use of the property.
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that he had a meeting with representatives of the Community Garden. Their lease expires the end of May. They would like to have the City take back part of the mowing and possibly the water billing. This will come back to Council when a new lease is done.
City Attorney Penny gave an update of his office.
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that it is the budget season and if they have any thoughts on the budget to let him know.
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that the ambulance contract expires December 31, 2012 and suggested that they start looking at it now.
Mayor Joy advised Council he talked with Mr. Jim Horner regarding the parking lot at 2nd and Poplar Streets that Sterling Urban Renewal Authority purchased. He would like to come to Council to discuss this.
Mayor Joy asked that Alexis Ertle be on the next agenda regarding the downtown beautification.
Council asked the status of the Interstate billboards. City Manager Kiolbasa advised he would check. The purchase order has been issued.
Mayor Joy advised Council that City Manager Kiolbasa and he met with Mr. Allen Gentz regarding Pioneer Drain Ditch. Mr. Gentz is knowledgeable and has possible ways to solve the water issue in Pawnee Ridge. He asked if Council wanted to hear the presentation.
There being no further business to come before Council the meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.