November 23, 2014

City Council Minutes October 23, 2012

STERLING,COLORADO

OCTOBER 23, 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 Brungardt 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, October 23, 2012.   Mayor Brungardt called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Councilmembers present:

                        Mayor                                       Brungardt                                 

                        Councilmembers                       Brigham

                                                                                  Flores

                                                                                 Lawson

                                                                                  Pitcher

                                                                                 Rice

                                                                                 Torres    

Also present:

                        City Manager                             Kiolbasa

                        City Attorney                             Penny

                         City Clerk                                  Forbes

                        Public Works Director                Allen

                        Finance Administrative

                        Assistant                                  Brandt

Citizens present: 21

CONSENT AGENDA:

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 October 9, 2012, application for renewal of retail liquor store license for Major Liquors located at 529 Iris Drive, and an application for renewal of retail liquor store license for Harold’s Liquor located at 336 E. Chestnut Street.

Mayor Brungardt presented the Colorado Business Women of Colorado with a proclamation.

COMMUNICATION AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE OF NON-SCHEDULED CITIZENS BEFORE THE COUNCIL:

None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED 2013 BUDGET:

City Manager Kiolbasa explained to Council the entire budget process and went over some of the changes for 2013.

Mayor Brungardt asked if all of the funds for the Master Plan are in the 2012 budget.  City Manager Kiolbasa advised that part of them are in 2012, however, there is $50,000 budgeted in 2013.  She also had a question regarding the fireworks.  The City purchased fireworks this year but did not use them and it is budgeted again for next year.  City Manager Kiolbasa advised there has not been a decision made if the City is going to hold this year’s purchase for next year or do the fireworks at another time.

Councilmember Torres had a question regarding the applications for Non-profits.  He asked if the organization has to be a non-profit.

Mayor Brungardt opened the public hearing.

Present to address Council was Mr. Rocky Joy, 1431 South 9th Avenue.  Mr. Joy advised Council that there are some positions that would be beneficial for the City to have.  A grant writer and an Economic Development Community Coordinator. He felt these positions would be beneficial to the City.  These positions could be shared positions between the City, County and Economic Development.

Next to address Council was Mr. Dick Pickett, Small Business Development Center.  Mr. Pickett advised that they are assisting more businesses than they have before.  He advised they are requesting additional funds due to this.  The Small Business Development Center does counseling two days a week.  He is also asking for more funds from the County and Economic Development.

Mayor Brungardt closed the public hearing.

Council wished to discuss the requests from the Non-profits.  City Manager Kiolbasa advised that County Express would not be available for this meeting; however, they wish to be present for the next meeting.  Also Sterling Baseball Organization would not be available for this meeting.

Council discussed the Non-profit requests:

            American Red Cross – requested $1,500, compared to $1,000 last year.  There was discussion regarding the cost of the table at the annual banquet is $500.  City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that this is paid out of Community Relations, so the $1,500 would be a donation to Red Cross.  Council had no problems with the increase.

            Northeast Colorado Housing – request was actually less, $750 versus $1,500 last year.  This is for the cash portion.  They are also requesting $4,000 of in-kind, same as last year, which is what they use to pay water bills.  Council approved this.

            Cooperative Ministry – there was no increase requested.

            County Express – there was no increase requested.

            Economic Development – there was no increase requested.

            Family Resource Center – request is for $4,000 compared to $3,000 last year.  Ms. Karen Torres advised they have declining grant income right now so it is more difficult to fund.  They are increasing their fees for parent participation.  Council asked if they have approached the Logan County Commissioners for funding.  Ms. Torres advised they have not.  Council approved their additional increase.

            Humane Society – requested $96,000 compared to their original contract amount of $84,000.  This will come to another Council meeting to discuss the contract.

            Logan County Chamber of Commerce – requested $3,000 more than last year.  Ms. Kim Sellers advised that the costs included the rent going up.  There was discussion.  It was the consensus of Council to give them an increase of $1,500.

            Small Business Development Center – requesting an increase of $1,000.  Ms. Laurie Jones advised that they serve twelve counties and she is currently working with 44 businesses.  Council approved their $1,000 increase. 

             Sterling Arts Council – actually was reducing their request by $1,000.  There was discussion regarding items on their financials.  Mr. Chris Delgado advised they are trying to work towards funding this on their own.

              Sterling Baseball Organization (SBO) – there was discussion regarding what the $3,000 budgeted was for.  City Manager Kiolbasa advised it is for reimbursement to SBO for the umpires.  There was discussion regarding the rest of the baseball budget is actually also a contribution for baseball.  After discussion, it was the consensus of Council to leave the funding request of $3,000 in the budget.

Councilmember Rice made a motion to increase Red Cross to $1,500 compared to $1,000; Northeast Colorado Housing to reduce to $4,750 compared to $5,500; Family Resource Center increase to $4,000 from $3,000; increase the Logan County Chamber from $7,000 to $8,500; increase Small Business Development from $2,000 to $3,000; and decrease the Sterling Arts Council from $4,000 to $3,000.  Councilmember Brigham seconded the motion.  By a seven-yes vote, the motion was approved.

Councilmember Lawson asked regarding in the Public Works budget the cost of demolition.  He advised he thought this should be increased to $50,000.  It is in the budget as $15,000.  There was lengthy discussion regarding the procedure that is used to demo a building and the approximate cost. 

After discussion, Councilmember Rice made a motion to increase the budget for demolition from $15,000 to $35,000.  Councilmember Pitcher seconded the motion.  By a seven-yes vote, the motion was approved.

Council had no further discussion regarding the budget. 

Councilmember Rice made a motion to adopt the 2013 Budget as amended.  Councilmember Lawson seconded the motion.  By a seven-yes vote, the motion was approved.

City Clerk Forbes left the meeting to make the changes to the appropriation ordinance.  Deputy City Clerk Brandt took over as City Clerk.        

GOALS AND PROJECTS UPDATE:

City Manager Kiolbasa addressed the following goals and projects:

  • Master Plan – The surveys for the Master Plan are out.  The survey is due back by November 7, 2012.  The survey is also on the McCool website.
  • Scalva Homestead – The auction is on October 25, 2012, 5:30 p.m. at the Sale Barn.  The realtor has given out 15 packets.
  • Union Pacific Railroad – The property on Front Street is back with UP Environmental Group.

NEW BUSINESS:

PUBLIC HEARING – APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF TAVERN LIQUOR LICENSE – IQ INVESTMENT GROUP, LLC – BOTTOMS UP TAP – 137 NORTH FRONT STREET:

City Manager advised Council that IQ Investment Group, LLC has filed an application for transfer of ownership of the tavern liquor license for Bottoms Up Tap, 137 North Front Street.  All fees have been submitted.

The premises has been previously licensed and pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes, in determining whether to permit a transfer of ownership, the licensing authority (City Council) can only consider whether or not the applicant may hold a license, and whether or not any modification has been made to the premises.  The reports from the Police and Fire Departments were mailed to the applicant, along with a letter advising that a representative must be present at this meeting to answer any questions Council might have.

Mayor Brungardt opened the public hearing.

There were no comments.

Mayor Brungardt closed the public hearing.

Present to answer questions were Mr. Travis Glasgow, 728 East 4th Street, Casper, Wyoming and Mr. James Gustafson, 601 North 4th Avenue, Sterling, Colorado. 

The only question from Council was if there have been any modifications done to the building.  Mr. Gustafson advised no.

Councilmember Lawson made a motion to approve the Transfer of Tavern Liquor License for IQ Investment Group, LLC, Bottoms Up Tap, located at 137 North Front Street.  Councilmember Brigham seconded the motion.   By a seven-yes vote, the motion was approved.

DOWNTOWN ASSESSMENT:

City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that Logan County Economic Development has a draft Downtown Assessment report out and they are asking for comments and suggestions before they finalize the report.

DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR REPORT – FINANCE DEPARTMENT:

Finance Administrative Assistant Brandt gave the Finance Department’s report. 

ORDINANCE NO. 9, SERIES OF 2012 – AN ORDINANCE MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2013, IN THE SUM OF TWENTY SEVEN MILLION, NINE HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED NINETY-SEVEN DOLLARS ($27,954,997); REGULATING THE PAYMENT OF MONEY OUT OF THE CITY TREASURY; AND PROVIDING FOR A TAX TO BE LEVIED UPON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS WITHIN THE CITY OF STERLING, COLORADO ACCORDING TO THE ASSESSED VALUATION OF SAID PROPERTY:

Councilmember Lawson made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 9, Series of 2012.  Councilmember Rice seconded the motion. City Clerk Forbes read the ordinance by title. By a seven-yes vote, the motion was approved.

COMMUNITY GARDENS:

City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that he has been contacted by an individual regarding the Community Gardens.  They are drafting a written plan and he will bring the plan to Council when he receives it.

ELECTRONIC MEDIA TRAINING OCTOBER 30, 2012:

City Manager Kiolbasa is waiting to hear back from Viaero regarding having the training on October 30, at 5:30 p.m. for the electronic tablets.                                                                             

MISCELLANEOUS COUNCIL BUSINESS:

City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that Luft family members have contacted him.  They would like to donate the Luft house to the City.  This would be a donation to use the house as a house/museum.  City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that the City has a limited interest unless there are funds available to run this.  The Lufts are willing to hold the house up to one year to see if the City or Historical Society are interested.  City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that this is the house and the barn.  It does not include the farm ground.  There was discussion regarding the shape the house is in.  City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that his hesitancy is how it would be funded.  If it were open to the public there would have to have staff to run it.  This is on the National Historic Registry.  Council had an interest to keep the conversation going at this time.

City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that the current Scalva Farm lease is being terminated.  He asked Council if they would be interested in breaking up the lease between the pastureland and the cropland.  It was City Manager Kiolbasa’s recommendation to keep both of these together.

City Manager Kiolbasa advised Council that he has given a job offer to Mr. Robert Brown for the Human Resource Department.  Mr. Brown will start on November 13.

Mayor Brungardt advised she feels for the future it would be wise to have a grant writer.  She would like to proceed with taking this to the County and making this a City/County/School District position.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

There being no further business to come before Council the meeting adjourned at 9:52 p.m.

MAYOR

ATTEST:

CITY CLERK

DEPUTY CITY CLERK