JULY 28, 2015
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.
Mayor Torres made a motion to amend the agenda by removing the Executive Session and the last three (3) lines of agenda item 6-A. Councilmember Appelhans seconded the motion. By a six-yes vote, the motion was approved.
Pastor John Roberts, First Baptist Church, gave the invocation. Mayor Torres 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, July 28, 2015. Mayor Torres called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
City Manager Saling
City Attorney Penny
City Clerk Forbes
Human Resource Director Brown
Police Chief Kerr
Public Works Director Good
Citizens present: 84
Councilmember Lawson made a motion to approve the consent agenda. Councilmember Brigham seconded the motion. By a five-yes and one-abstain vote, the motion was approved. Voting was as follows:
Lawson yes Brigham yes
Appelhans abstain McCarty yes
Pitcher yes Torres yes
Items on the consent agenda were: City Council minutes of July 14, 2015 and City Council work session minutes of July 21, 2015.
COMMUNICATION AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE OF NON-SCHEDULED CITIZENS BEFORE THE COUNCIL:
SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING OF ORDINANCE NO. 6, SERIES OF 2015 – AN ORDINANCE SUBMITTING THE BALLOT QUESTION TO THE REGISTERED ELECTORS OF THE CITY OF STERLING, COLORADO, AT THE REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 3, 2015, RELATING TO THE IMPOSITION OF A MARIJUANA TAX WITHIN THE CITY COMMENCING ON JANUARY 1, 2016, IF THE VOTERS ELECT TO ALLOW THE OPERATION OF MARIJUANA CULTIVATION FACILITIES, MARIJUANA PRODUCT MANUFACTURING FACILITIES, MARIJUANA TESTING FACILITIES, AND RETAIL MARIJUANA STORES WITHIN THE CITY OF STERLING:
City Manager Saling advised Council that first reading of this ordinance took place on July 14, 2015, and it was thereafter published. An initiated ballot question has been referred to the qualified electors of the City of Sterling regarding allowing the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities and retail marijuana stores within the City of Sterling. This ordinance would put a ballot question to the registered electors of the City of Sterling regarding the imposition of a marijuana tax within the City, if the initiated ballot question passes.
Mayor Torres opened the public hearing.
There were no comments.
Mayor Torres closed the public hearing.
Councilmember Brigham made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 6, Series of 2015. Councilmember Appelhans seconded the motion. By a five-yes and one-no vote, the motion was approved. Voting was as follows:
Brigham yes Lawson no Appelhans yes McCarty yes
Pitcher yes Torres yes
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT:
City Manager Saling updated Council on:
- August 12, 2015, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Pioneer Park the Police Department will have a Community Appreciation Day.
- CML Policy Committee needs an appointment. Councilmember Brigham has been on the committee. Mayor Torres made a motion to appoint Councilmember Brigham to the CML Policy Committee. Councilmember McCarty seconded the motion. By a six-yes vote, the motion was approved.
- There were 26 supervisors that attended Management Leadership training.
- Due to the hail storm and damage to houses, citizens need to be aware that businesses need a contractor’s license.
- City Manager Saling advised that they still need volunteers for the non-profit contribution committee.
REQUEST FROM CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD:
Present to address Council was Ms. Kim Sellers, Citizens Advisory Board (CAB). Ms. Sellers advised Council that Cindy and Alan Hoal have purchased 225 Main Street to donate to the community. The CAB is asking for $4,000 from the hotel tax to beautify the downtown area by painting a mural on the front of this building. She advised the mural would be done in panels that could be relocated.
Council had concerns on spending the money on a mural that is only for a temporary project.
Mr. Trae Miller, 120 Ponderosa Drive, was present to address Council. Mr. Miller advised that even though this is temporary, it could take two to three years for the use of the building to be completed.
Mayor Torres made a motion to give $4,000 to the Citizens Advisory Board for the mural at 225 Main Street. Councilmember Appelhans seconded the motion. By a four-yes and two-no vote, the motion was approved. Voting was as follows:
Torres yes Appelhans yes
Brigham no Lawson no
McCarty yes Pitcher yes
. RESOLUTION NO. 7-5-15, SERIES OF 2015 – A RESOLUTION BEFORE THE CITY OF STERLING, LOGAN COUNTY, COLORADO TERMINATING THE LOCAL DISASTER/EMERGENCY DECLARED BY RSOLUTION NO. 5-5-15, SERIES OF 2015:
City Manager Saling advised Council that by Resolution No. 5-5-15, Series of 2015, Council declared a local disaster area resulting from excessive flood damage. The declaration remains in effect until the City Mayor determines that the conditions that justify the local emergency no longer exist. This resolution terminates that May, 2015 declaration of a local disaster area.
Councilmember Lawson made a motion to approve Resolution No. 7-5-15, Series of 2015. Councilmember McCarty seconded the motion. By a six-yes vote, the motion was approved.
RESOLUTION NO. 7-6-15, SERIES OF 2015 – A RESOLUTION BEFORE THE CITY OF STERLING, LOGAN COUNTY, COLORADO APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CITY HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE BENEFITS PLAN REGARDING NONDISCRIMINATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE PLAN:
City Manager Saling advised Council that this resolution approves an amendment to the City of Sterling health care flexible benefits plan to reflect changes to the nondiscrimination requirements of the plan, in good faith compliance with the requirements of that provision of the plan.
Councilmember Brigham made a motion to approve Resolution No. 7-6-15, Series of 2015 Councilmember Lawson seconded the motion. By a six-yes vote, the motion was approved.
There being no further business to come before Council the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.