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Posted on: October 6, 2022

Blog: CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING: Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for their regular meeting Tuesday evening, October 4, to consider a pair of liquor license applications, a preliminary plat for the Woods Crossing subdivision, and a renewed IGA with Montrose County. 

Councilors Barbara Bynum, Dave Frank, Doug Glaspell, and David Reed met in City Council Chambers along with city staff. Councilor Ed Ulibarri was absent. 

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

Watch the meeting here.

PUBLIC COMMENT

One resident spoke about weed and plant maintenance adjacent to a roundabout near the Black Canyon Golf Course. The resident said he has been pulling weeds around the roundabout and said he would appreciate more city staff attention to this area. 

CONSENT AGENDA

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the September 19, 2022, special City Council meeting and the September 20 regular City Council meeting. 

The city’s archive of past meeting minutes can be found on the new Public Meetings Portal and at CityofMontrose.org/ArchiveCenter.

The council also voted unanimously to appoint Grace Hotsenpiller, Ciana Beller, Maggie Ellen Kusar, Sydney Bell, Khloey Kuehn, Hunter Barton, and Caitlin Dovey for appointment to the City of Montrose Youth City Council for the 2022-2023 term. 

The Montrose Youth Council was established by the Montrose City Council to encourage greater youth participation in the city’s government and is charged with actively advising City Council with thoughtful recommendations on issues concerning youth and assisting city staff in considering youth perspectives in its planning efforts. Members are selected near the beginning of each school year from a pool of applicants.

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TAVERN LIQUOR LICENSE TRANSFER APPLICATION

City Councilors voted unanimously approved an application to transfer a tavern liquor license at 1391 S Townsend Avenue from BC Montrose LLC, doing business as Holiday Inn Express Montrose Bar, to CP Montrose LLC, doing business as Holiday Inn Express & Suites Montrose, Colorado, for consumption on the licensed premises. 

The City Council is the local liquor licensing authority for the City of Montrose. Mayor Dave Frank held a public hearing before the council voted to approve the application. 

NEW LODGING AND ENTERTAINMENT LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATION

City Councilors voted unanimously approved a new application for a lodging and entertainment liquor license at 1544 Oxbow Drive for Montrose Day Spa & Wellness Center LLC, doing business as Montrose Day Spa for consumption on the licensed premises. 

The City Council is the local liquor licensing authority for the City of Montrose. Mayor Dave Frank held a public hearing before the council voted to approve the application. 

ORDINANCE 2597 - FIRST READING

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2597, on first reading, repealing subsection 6-1-28(L) of the Official Code of the City of Montrose to remove a reference to an unused account. The graffiti fund has been determined to be largely unused since the city’s Municipal Court does not handle many graffiti cases. 

During a discussion on the matter at a City Council work session in September, Municipal Court Judge Charles Greenacre said that no graffiti removal fund has been created because the city’s Municipal Court does not get many graffiti cases. Currently, the city pays for graffiti removal from various other accounts from the general fund. 

The goal of the code change would be to allocate more funds for graffiti removal from fines paid to the Municipal Court. 

WOODS CROSSING NORTH SUBDIVISION PRELIMINARY PLAT

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the Woods Crossing North Subdivision Preliminary Plat. 

City Planner William Reis said the Woods Crossing Preliminary Plat will subdivide a 160.71-acre parcel into a residential subdivision. The property is bordered on the south by Sunnyside Road, on the north by Miami Road, on the west by 6720 Road, and on the east by agricultural fields and single-family homes. The majority of the parcel (134+ acres) is zoned “R-3” Medium Density District, with two “B-4” Neighborhood Shopping District sections with the condition that multifamily residential uses are not allowed in these two areas. This preliminary plat proposes 287 single-family residential lots, a 5.42-acre dedicated public park, 11.17 acres of other open space, associated rights-of-way, and a 76.32-acre outlet for future development.

The council held a public hearing before voting to approve the plat. 

RESOLUTION 2022-13

City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2022-13, setting November 15, 2022, as the hearing date for the Hilltop North Addition. 

City Planner William Reis said the Hilltop North Addition is a proposed annexation of approximately 10.01 acres in size. The parcel is located east of 6600 Road, addressed as 540 6600 Road. It is within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary, City of Montrose Sewer Service Area, and the Tri-County Water Service Area.

Annexation of this property will allow for future multifamily residential development. An annexation agreement will be required. 

Proposed Zoning: “R-4” High-Density District 

Applicant: Hilltop Health Services Corporation

INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT FOR SHARED SERVICES

City Councilors voted unanimously to renew an intergovernmental agreement, IGA, with Montrose County for processing liquor license applications. 

City Clerk Lisa DelPiccolo said the city entered into an agreement with Montrose County in September 2021 for the City Clerk's Office to process applications for liquor licenses and permits in unincorporated Montrose County. Both parties would like to extend the agreement and have it remain in place until terminated by either party with 60 days advance notice.

The Board of County Commissioners will remain as the liquor licensing authority for these licenses and permits. Under the terms of the agreement, the city retains the application fees. The City Clerk oversees application processes, forwards information to county staff members for review, and presents the applications to the BOCC.

The BOCC has already voted to renew the IGA. 

STAFF REPORTS

Montrose Police Chief Blaine Hall said officers are close to moving into the new Montrose Public Safety Complex located at 434 South First Street. 

COUNCIL COMMENTS

City Councilors praised city staff for a successful community celebration during the grand opening of the Montrose Public Safety Complex. 

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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 or on-demand through the city’s Public Meetings Portal.

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