Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for a work session Monday morning, December 6, to meet new city employees, hear an update about possible Municipal Code revisions, and consider a number of contract awards for ongoing city projects.
Councilors Barbara Bynum, Doug Glaspell, Dave Frank, and David Reed met in City Council Chambers along with city staff. Councilor Anthony Russo attended via Zoom. Members of the public were also able to attend in person or via Zoom.
The following is a summary of the primary topics discussed during the meeting.
Watch the meeting here.
INTRODUCTION OF NEW CITY EMPLOYEES
City Councilors got to meet a handful of new city employees Monday. Rebecca Dillion was hired as an animal control officer. Shelli Spiers joined as the new restaurant manager at the Rusty Putter. Dona Hawken was hired as a new deputy clerk of the Municipal Court. Kendall Delp joined Public Works as a utilities worker, and Jason Schroer also joined the Public Works team as a Streets Division worker.
MUNICIPAL CODE REVISION FOR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
City Councilors were briefed on city staff's work to revise the city's Municipal Code Title 4, Chapter 4, Sections 2, 10, 14, 17, and 18 in order to add a definition for supportive housing and define where these uses are allowed.
Community Engagement Specialist Ross Valdez said a proposed code amendment increases the range of solutions available to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness, and having barriers to employment and housing stability. The amendment would allow supportive housing as a conditional use in the following zoning districts: “OR” Office-Residential District, “B-3” General Commercial District, “I-1” Light Industrial District, and “I-2” General Commercial District.
The Municipal Code currently does not allow for facilities that have onsite supportive services and housing for those experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. The proposed definition of supportive housing specifies that this use is not on an emergency or nightly basis, and therefore does not include facilities that are commonly referred to as homeless shelters. Occupancy of supportive housing is intended to be long-term with stays of thirty (30) consecutive days or more. This important code clarification would help supportive housing developers to understand the allowed locations for this type of use.
The council will formally vote on the proposed amendment at a future meeting. The recommended definition for Supportive Housing is as follows:
Supportive housing means housing that includes supportive services to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness and have a barrier to employment and housing stability. Occupancy of such a facility is intended to be long-term and not on a nightly or emergency basis, and stays shall be 30 consecutive days or more at the facility. These barriers can include, but are not limited to, mental illness, chemical dependency, or other disabling chronic health conditions. On-site supportive services can include, but are not limited to, health and dental care, behavioral health care, mental health services, substance abuse services, case management, life skills training, food access, assistance with transportation, child care assistance, and dependent care.
DOLA PEACE OFFICER MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GRANT APPLICATION
City Councilors were presented with a possible resolution that would allow city staff to apply for a Peace Officer Mental Health Grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, (DOLA), to ensure peace officers have access to counseling services and are equipped to handle on-scene responses involving persons with mental disorders.
According to Kendall Cramer, the city's community program manager, the Montrose Police Department seeks grant funding in an amount of up to $90,500 to fund a licensed counselor to oversee the department’s peer support program, purchase a co-responder vehicle, and provide Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for officers and co-responders.
The grant program provides financial assistance to law enforcement agencies to provide mental health services including: on-scene response services to support peace officers’ handling of persons with mental health disorders; counseling services to peace officers; assistance for development and implementation of policies to support peace officers who are involved in shootings or a fatal use of force; training and education programs that teach the symptoms of job-related mental trauma and how to prevent and treat such trauma; and, peer support programs.
2022 SANITARY SEWER CURED-IN-PLACE PIPE BID AWARD RECOMMENDATION
City Councilors were presented with a contract renewal for Insituform Technologies, LLC in the amount not to exceed $250,000 for cured-in-place lining of sanitary sewers. CIPP is a process for restoring the structural integrity of a line by installing a new pipe within a pipe by using the existing pipe as the form.
According to Utilities Manager David Bries, the City of Montrose conducts routine sewer line inspections that equip city utility crews to identify critical sewers that are candidates for Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) to restore their structural integrity.
The lines designated for lining in the coming year are mostly Vitrified Clay Pipes (VCP) that have deteriorated and have higher maintenance costs due to the condition of the line segments. The upcoming lining projects are focused on Townsend Avenue due to CDOT’s plan to resurface Townsend Ave this next year.
goal is to complete the lining of all of the sanitary sewers that are under the resurfacing project in advance of CDOT’s work in 2022.
The $250,000 is included in the 2022 Wastewater Collection Budget for sanitary sewer pipe lining.
FORD VEHICLE PURCHASE AWARD RECOMMENDATION
City Councilors were presented with a purchase award to purchase 20 Ford vehicles from Sill-Terhar Motors in Broomfield, CO.
According to Public Works Manager Jim Scheid, on November 18, 2021, the city accepted bids for 20 new Ford vehicles.
8 Police Interceptors (4 replacement, 4 additional)
2 Detective F-150’s (all additional)
1 F-150 for Water Division (replacement)
1 F-150 for Parks (replacement)
1 F-250 for Facilities (additional)
1 Escape hybrid for Civic Campus (replacement)
2 F-150’s for Animal Control (1 replacement, 1 additional)
1 F-150 for Waste Water (replacement)
1 F-150 for Trash and Recycling (additional)
1 F-150 for Building Inspection (additional)
1 F-150 for Engineering (additional)
Scheid said nine of the vehicles are replacements that are budgeted in the Fleet Division vehicle equipment budget. The 11 additional vehicles are included in the 2022 budgets for Police Patrol, Police Administration, Facilities, Animal Control, Trash and Recycling, Building Inspection, and Engineering.
The city received two qualified and complete bids from Sill-Terhar Motors in the amount of $856,828, and Caldwell County Chevrolet Ford, Caldwell, TX in the amount of $1,016,463.
Scheid said city staff recommend purchasing from Sill-TerHar Motors, which would save the city $104,422.48 and remain within the original budget of $961,250.
WAYFINDING SIGN PROJECT PHASE 3
City Councilors were presented with a contract award in the amount of $191,500 to be awarded to American Classic Sign Manufacturer (ACSM) for the fabrication and installation of Wayfinding Signage Phase III.
According to Public Works Manager Jim Scheid, in recent years the City of Montrose has completed Wayfinding Sign Project Phase I and II (2018 and 2019). Public Works coordinates with the city’s DART Board to establish priorities for the upcoming wayfinding phases.
Through this coordination, Phase I included the large directional signs on major arterials like Main St and Townsend Ave. Phase II included arrival signage at all of the city’s Parks. Both phases included visitor kiosks (total of three) and destination arrival signs such as the one at the entrance to the Animal Services facility. Phase III is proposed to include parking lot signage, park rule signs, visitor kiosks, directional signage to the amphitheater, trail maps, and destination arrival signs at Cerro Summit.
In February 2020 the city issued an RFP for Phase III and received four proposals for the fabrication and installation of the wayfinding signs. All bids were considered qualified and complete. ACSM had the highest score using the proposal selection criteria and their bid is considered to be the best value to the City of Montrose.
This same bid recommendation was made to the City Council in the spring of 2020 but, due to the uncertainty and onset of COVID-19, the City Council decided to put the project on hold. Subsequently, the Wayfinding Project Phase III was included in the 2022 budget.
In October 2021, Public Works reached out to ACSM to see if they would hold the pricing they proposed in 2020. They agreed to hold pricing and are excited to proceed with the wayfinding project as proposed.
NORTH CONNECT TRAIL RESTROOM. CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT
City Councilors were presented with a contract award in the amount of $344,856 for the construction of the North Connect Trail Restroom.
The package includes the award of a contract with Stryker and Company, Inc. for $255,305 as the construction contractor and a memorandum of agreement, MOA, with Colorado Yurt Company.
According to Public Works Manager Jim Scheid, this restroom would be located along the north end of the Connect Trail near Colorado Outdoors and would be a shared-use facility partnership between the City of Montrose and Colorado Yurt Company. There will be restrooms facing the trail for public use and shower facilities on the rear of the building for use by the Colorado Yurt Company.
Scheid said Stryker and Company, Inc. was the low bidder for the contract.
GENERAL CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION
Councilor Dave Frank and David Reed said the city’s Parade of Lights last weekend was a huge success and credited city staff for hosting the parade.
Doug Glaspell said this past weekend’s Valley Symphony Christmas Concert at the Montrose Pavilion was a sold-out show and credited city staff at the Pavilion for their hard work in hosting the two-date concert.
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