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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Blog: CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION: Monday, January 4

Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for a work session Monday morning, January 4, to discuss possible flood scenarios within the city, hear a contract amendment recommendation for the new Public Safety Complex, and review city vehicle fleet additions and disposals. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, City Councilors Roy Anderson, Dave Bowman, Barbara Bynum, Dave Frank, and Doug Glaspell met online along with city staff via the Zoom platform. The public was also invited to attend. The following is a summary of the primary topics discussed during the meeting. 

Watch the meeting here.


Montrose City Engineer Scott Murphy delivered a presentation about community emergency management protocols that would be followed in response to a flooding event within the city that could impact health care, emergency services, and public infrastructure. 

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(City Engineer Scott Murphy reviews a FEMA map of Montrose showing potential flooding by the Montrose Arroyo that flows through the heart of the city)

The city’s emergency protocols partner with Montrose County, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, and Montrose Memorial Hospital in addressing each organization’s operational needs during a flood event. 

Murphy said the Montrose Arroyo is major drainage that flows through the Bridges Golf Course and alongside Columbine Middle School and the city's inner-city trail system. The drainage then enters a piped section and flows under the hospital and Main Street as it travels north. 

Murphy said during a potential "100-year event" the arroyo could flow upwards of 1,100 cubic feet per second or CFS. For comparison, springtime runoff in the Uncompahgre River flows upwards of about 1,000 CFS, according to Murphy. 

Murphy said if the arroyo were to flood, water would begin to overflow the drainage and spill onto city streets through downtown. It is difficult to assess whether water would cause damage inside the hospital because the hospital was responsible for piping the arroyo underground when the facility was built in the 1950s. 

Murphy said the city continues to work with the county and hospital to begin a possible comprehensive study of the arroyo using modern computer flow modeling technology to identify potential vulnerabilities. 

Murphy said pursuing FMEA grant funds to study the arroyo could be the best solution moving forward. FEMA grants require a local match, however, Murphy said the cost would be relatively small if shared by the city, county, and hospital. The study would be a proactive approach to determining what impacts a 100-year storm would have on the city's street system and the areas near the arroyo. 


At an upcoming meeting, City Councilors will consider whether to approve or deny a contract amendment for additional design services for the new Montrose Public Safety Complex. 

The city has been working with the Blythe Group since August 2020 to design a modern Public Safety Complex to house the city's Police Department. According to Public Works Manager Jim Scheid, the design is about 80 percent complete. 

The action before the council is to increase the Blythe Group's existing contract with the city from $764,198 to $830,676. The amendment would fund audio/visual design for the building as well as furniture design and installation. 

Scheid said it made sense to retain the company for the additional services due to its existing role in the project. 

The new services include: 

• $31,618 for audiovisual design.   

• $34,860 for furniture design, bidding, and oversight. 

Police Chief Blaine Hall told councilors it was imperative for the building's audio/visual equipment to be in sync with officer body camera technology for matters of evidence retention and storage. 

The proposed amendment would be paid through the Public Safety Fund and tracked

with all expenses related to the Public Safety Complex Construction Project.


City Councilors were briefed on the city-owned property set for disposal through the public auction. 

Throughout the year, city departments replace outdated and obsolete equipment and vehicles. These items are typically low-value, unserviceable, or outdated items. Once each year (typically), these items are disposed of in various ways. Items have been auctioned through, at the local Jim’s Auction, and donated or sold to surrounding communities.

All items are disposed of in accordance with Section 1-16-5 of the Municipal Code.

Proceeds from the sales are applied to the Fleet Fund.


City Councilors were updated on a potential purchase of 22 new vehicles to add to the city’s vehicle fleet. 

Public Works Manager Jim Scheid told councilors the city accepted bids for 22 new Ford vehicles on December 21, 2020. 

Included in the bid were nine new police interceptors. Four of them are scheduled replacements and five are for additional Police Department hires paid for from the city’s Public Safety Fund. 

The 13 remaining vehicles are replacements for various other departments including Public Works, the city’s Parks and Streets departments, Code Enforcement and the Waste Water Treatment Facility. 

Scheid said the city received three bids for the vehicles. Councilors will decide at a future City Council regular meeting whether to purchase the 22 vehicles from Sill-Terhar Motors in Broomfield, Colorado, in the amount of $953,450. 

The two other bids were from Montrose Ford in the amount of $1,008,163 and Phil Long Ford in Littleton, Colorado, in the amount of $1,199,532. 


City Engineer Scott Murphy said the city is unveiling its plans to realign Woodgate Road at its northern end to East Oak Grove Road. This connection aims to relieve heavy traffic congestion in the area and give an alternative to Townsend Avenue, especially for local residents.  

Montrose Police Chief Blaine Hall told councilors that police officers are beginning to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from Montrose County Public Health this week. So far, the police officers are the only city employees to receive the vaccine. The city is working with the county to vaccinate all essential city employees as quickly as possible to ensure against disruptions to public services. 


All City Council meetings are recorded and made available online via the city’s website and cable channels 191 for Charter subscribers and 970 for Elevate subscribers. Replays of council meetings are also broadcast at 6 p.m. on the same channels on days that the council is not in session. 

In addition, each regular meeting is archived on the City of Montrose’s YouTube channel

Residents can watch all regular City Council meetings and work sessions live through the city’s website at

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