MAY 22, 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.
Mr. Witherspoon, First Presbyterian 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 22, 2012. Mayor Joy called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
City Manager Kiolbasa
City Attorney Penny
Deputy City Clerk Brandt
Public Works Director Allen
Parks, Library and
Recreation Director Hungenberg
PLR Staff present: Administrative Secretary Shafer, Library Superintendent VanDusen; Museum Curator Brigham, Maintenance Workers Grandee and Rewoldt
Citizens present: 17
Councilmember Brungardt had a correction to the May 8, 2012 minutes on page 2; the ninth bullet should be Neighborhood Revitalization program, not Neighborhood Watch program.
Councilmember Lawson made a motion to approve the consent agenda with the correction to the minutes. Councilmember Rice seconded the motion. By a six-yes vote, the motion was approved.
Items on the consent agenda were: City Council minutes of May 8, 2012 and an application for renewal of hotel and restaurant liquor license for Delgado’s Dugout located at 116 Beech Street.
COMMUNICATION AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE OF NON-SCHEDULED CITIZENS BEFORE THE COUNCIL:
Present to address Council were Saint Anthony’s school students from 6th, 7th and 8th grade. The students wanted to learn how a GPS worked. They picked Columbine Park to map. They mapped all the trees, benches, picnic tables, buildings and gas and electric lines. The students’ map of Columbine Park will be donated to the City for its web site.
Present to address Council was an upset citizen complaining about his water being shut off and the Police Department. He was asked to leave because of his language.
PRESENTATION FROM ALEXIS ERTLE – DOWNTOWN BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT:
Present to address Council was Ms. Alexis Ertle. Ms. Ertle advised Council that she is on the Downtown Beautification committee. The committee has 16 posters at the Museum that show buildings around Sterling and for advertising. The committee would like to have the posters mounted on corkboard and hung in the vacant building windows. To mount the posters it will cost approximately $2,400. The committee is requesting $3,000 from the City to do this.
Council would like there to be some sort of loan agreement with the property owners, so that if the building became full that the posters are returned to the City.
Councilmember Lawson made a motion to approve $3,000 for the Downtown Beautification committee to mount the posters. Councilmember Hershberger seconded the motion. By a six-yes vote, the motion was approved.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES UPDATE:
- Master Plan – City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that the Public Works office has received three responses and are working on creating questions for the interviews. The Planning Commission will meet on June 6, 2012 to finalize their questions.
- Scalva Homestead – The City has received a bid for auction and this will be on the next Council meeting agenda.
- Quiet Zone – Mr. Larry Worth will research information on where to go to get financial assistance with this.
- Electronic Media – This will be discussed later in the meeting.
- Monument Sign – Waiting for estimated cost from Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC).
- Community Garden – Waiting for a response from substainablesterling representatives. Council would like them to come to the next Council meeting to discuss their plans.
- Roofing Bids – The bids will be at the next meeting.
- Humane Society – The subdivision for the Humane Society will be on the next Council meeting agenda.
Councilmember Brungardt made a motion to take the Railroad Lease off the table. Councilmember Lawson seconded the motion. By a six-yes vote, the motion was approved.
City Attorney Penny advised Council that this lease has gone back to the Railroad’s law department.
Councilmember Brungardt made a motion to table the railroad lease until the information came back from the Railroad. Councilmember Lawson seconded the motion. By a six-yes vote, the motion was approved.
PRESENTATION OF POPPY DAY PROCLAMATION:
Mayor Joy read the Poppy Day proclamation and presented it to the representatives from the American Legion Post 20 and American Legion Auxiliary.
PRESENTATION OF RELAY FOR LIFE PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE DAYS PROCLAMATION:
Mayor Joy read the Paint the Town Purple Days proclamation and presented it to the Relay for Life representatives.
FIRST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 3, SERIES OF 2012 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE STERLING CITY CODE, CHAPTER 10, MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, ARTICLE II, MODEL TRAFFIC CODE, SEC. 10-27, AMENDMENTS:
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that this ordinance amends the Model Traffic Code adopted by the City, to prohibit within the city limits the use of a dynamic braking device, also known as a “jake brake”, except to avert an immediate danger.
Councilmember Rice made a motion to introduce Ordinance No. 3, Series of 2012. Councilmember Brungardt seconded the motion. Deputy City Clerk Brandt read the ordinance by title. By a six-yes vote, the motion was approved.
DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORT:
Parks, Library and Recreation Director Jody Hungenberg gave her department report.
DISCUSSION – MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBER VACANCIES:
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council how he suggests proceeding to fill the vacancies on Council. This would be a three-step process – put an ad in the newspaper to have applications for Councilmember Hershberger’s position. Once this position is filled, have Council elect Mayor from sitting Council. Then advertise for vacancy, which was created by the Mayor’s position. Council agreed to proceed this way. The application deadline is June 11 for the first position.
APPOINTMENT OF NEW RURAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY MEMBER:
Appointment for the Rural Transportation Authority will be filled once there is a full Council.
SOLAR GARDEN PROJECT – DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS:
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council of the Solar Garden project with the Department of Corrections (CDOC). Council suggested that this is something they might want to look at. Council agreed to move forward with this and to get more information on it.
NON-POTABLE WATER AGREEMENT – DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS:
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that CDOC needs to do a feasibility study to see if this would be worth doing. Council agreed to move forward with this and get more information.
ELECTRONIC MEDIA INFORMATION:
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that there is a proposal in their packet regarding the different devices that could be used and the cost. He would like Council to decide what device each would like to use by the next Council meeting.
LOGAN COUNTY LANDFILL WASTE FEE:
City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that the Logan County Landfill would be changing some of its fees or the way they do things. They are thinking of charging extra for tires and some other items. If this happens, the City may have to increase the sanitation charge and decide if the City would pick up these items.
There being no further business to come before Council the meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
DEPUTY CITY CLERK