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Posted on: October 5, 2021


Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for a work session Monday morning, October 4, to interview a number of applicants to the city's Historic Preservation Commission, hear an update on local childcare needs, and review a number of contracts recommendations. 

Councilors Doug Glaspell and David Reed met in City Council Chambers along with city staff. Members of the public were also able to attend in person or via Zoom. Councilors Barbara Bynum, Dave Frank, and Anthony Russo were absent. 

The following is a summary of the primary topics discussed during the meeting. 

Watch the meeting here.


City Councilors interviewed four applicants to the city's Historic Preservation Commission. Residents Jon Horn, Amanda Lloyd, Danielle Godt, and Jeremy Omvig have submitted applications to the commission. 

Councilors will formally vote to appoint new members to the commission later this month.


City Councilors heard the results from a months-long study of childcare needs within the Montrose community. In February 2021, the council approved $18,950 to partially fund a study of childcare needs throughout the community to better understand issues related to working families and determine what improvements could be made to improve childcare services in Montrose.

For years the City Council has recognized the need for improved childcare services in Montrose and understands that better childcare services would contribute to the overall health of the local economy and attract working families to the Montrose area. According to various city studies, childcare services, and housing top the list of the most pressing issues facing Montrose residents. 

The study, conducted by Uncompahgre Valley Alliance (UVA) in partnership with the city, Montrose County, and the Montrose County School District, collected more data from the community to better pinpoint solutions to the growing childcare needs in Montrose. 

According to Ross Valdez, the city's community engagement specialist, the  Montrose Childcare Needs Assessment describes current and future needs for childcare including parent preferences and needs. After collecting over 700 survey responses, the UVA has produced an executive summary of the survey’s findings.

The survey results detail demographic trends throughout the Montrose area community, along with local parent preferences and needs. The report details a demand analysis looking at what is needed to help local families. 

UVA members Mollie Fitzpatrick, Rachael Balerio, Kathleen Merritt, and Kevin Williams delivered a presentation and answered questions Monday. 

Fitzpatrick said Montrose County is currently a "childcare desert" wherein there is currently much more demand for childcare than is available. 

Existing licensed providers can serve up to 741 children daily in the Montrose area and a need for 933 childcare spots, according to the report. Montrose County is home to 2,641 children ages 6 and under, and 69% have all parents in the home working in the local labor force. 

Childcare reliability and affordability are two of the biggest concerns for area parents, according to the report. 

The English version of the report can be found here.

The Spanish version of the report can be found here.


City Councilors were presented with a lease agreement with the Montrose Botanical Society, MBS, for the lease of the Montrose Botanical Gardens to the MBS for a period of 25 years. 

According to Ross Valdez, the city and MBS entered into the current 50-year lease in 1996, which expires in 2046. City Council is considering a new 25-year lease containing provisions that reflect the current state of the Botanic Gardens, its use, and the city’s support. 

The Botanic Gardens are an area for demonstration, education, and leisure and are free to the public to enjoy. 


City Councilors received a contract award recommendation for the lining of sanitary sewers within the city. 

Utilities Manager David Bries reported that city utility crews conduct routine sewer line inspections to identify critical sewers that are candidates for Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP). CIPP is the process of installing a new pipe within a pipe using the existing pipe as the form, thus restoring the structural integrity of the pipe. 

The lines for this year's project are mostly Vitrified Clay Pipes (VCP) that have deteriorated and have higher maintenance costs due to the condition of the line segments. This year's list is focused on Townsend Ave. from Poplar St to Main St. CDOT is planning on resurfacing Townsend Ave. over the next of couple years. This project was advertised as a renewable contract and formal bids were received on September 9, 2020. 

One bid was received from Insituform Technologies, LLC. Bries said staff is recommending the approval of a contract to Insituform Technologies, LLC in the amount not to exceed $250,000, for CIPP lining of sanitary sewers. 

Bries said the $250,000 is included in the 2021 Wastewater Collection Budget for sanitary sewer pipe lining and, based on review of the 2021 budget, adequate funding is available. 


City Councilors were presented with a contract for work to replace the failing bridge on Birch Street. 

City Engineer Scott Murphy said Birch Street is a city right of way that crosses over the Loutsenhizer Canal near the Black Canyon Golf Course. Over the years, the bridge’s abutments and supporting foundations have become undermined, and supporting soils are eroding away. This undermining has advanced enough that replacement of the bridge is now warranted, according to Murphy. 

The city is looking to replace the existing bridge with an aluminum box culvert similar to those present on city rights of way over the Loutsenhizer Canal at Otter, Niagara, Sunnyside, and Miami Roads. 

Murphy said the project will also replace an undersized and aged waterline and failed sewer line beneath the bridge. Similar to the design for Otter Road, the Birch Street Bridge Replacement Project was designed in-house by the city’s Engineering Department. 

Murphy said the city received five bids from Colorado companies. City staff is recommending the council approve a contract to the low bidder, United Companies of Montrose, in the amount of $447,976.38 for completion of the Birch Street Bridge Replacement Project. 

The bridge replacement and associated utility work are scheduled to take place while the Loutsenhizer Canal is shut off for the winter. Final paving of the roadway will take place as soon as the asphalt batch plants open up in the spring of 2022. 

The existing bridge crossing on Birch Street is the only point of access for the eight residences living along the eastern end of the Birch Street cul-de-sac. As a result, it will be necessary to construct a temporary bypass road around the work area throughout construction in order to maintain residential, emergency, and trash-service access. The city has secured the temporary construction easements necessary to construct this bypass roadway across private property. 

Given that this project will span two budget years, the city budgeted $565k combined within the 2021 and 2022 budgets for its completion. The utility replacements will be funded through their respective utility enterprise capital funds. The remainder of the project will be funded through the general capital fund. 


City Councilors were presented with a service contract recommendation for S&E Ward’s Landscaping Management, Inc for landscaping services at city facilities in the amount of $65,007.

Public Works Manager Jim Scheid said the city’s Facility Division contracts the landscaping services for the following city facilities; Pavilion, Animal Services, Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the Civic Campus. 

The city’s previous landscaping services contract expired earlier this year and an RFP was issued to allow for competition in the award process. 

Scheid said the city received three bids to provide landscaping services at nine city facilities through a formal bid process. Proposals were evaluated based on reference checks, thoroughness of the information provided, and price. As per the city’s Municipal Code, local preferences were applied at 5% for Greenway Pro Chem Lawn and Jamaican Me Crazy Yard Service and 3% for S&E Ward’s Landscaping Management Inc. 

Scheid said S&E Ward’s Landscaping Management, Inc. was the low bidder, and city staff recommended approval of the contract. 


City Councilors were presented with an alcohol permit for the upcoming Block 93 Block Party on October 21. 

According to City Clerk Lisa DelPiccolo, the City of Montrose Development and Revitalization Team (DART) has applied for a Special Events Permit to sell and serve alcohol during the Envision Block 93 - A Montrose Block Party event on Thursday, October 21. 

As part of this event, the Block 93 alley will be closed from Townsend to Cascade Avenue. According to the Municipal Code and Regulations Manual, City Council approval is required for a Special Events Permit in conjunction with a street or alley closure. 

The event and alcohol permit applications include a premises map showing the perimeter for the alcohol permit and a plan for control of the premises, which were posted in compliance with state statute. 


Montrose Police Chief Blaine Hall said the department is looking for suspects in a recent incident on a local playground. Hall said suspects in a dark-colored Jeep drove by and shot a child in the stomach with a pellet gun. Anyone with information about this incident can call Crime Stoppers at (970)249-8500. 


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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