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Posted on: March 7, 2023


Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for a work session Monday morning, March 6, to review a number of contract recommendations regarding turf care, street maintenance, and a new playground for Buckley Park. 

Councilors Barbara Bynum, Mayor Dave Frank, Doug Glaspell, David Reed, and Ed Ulibarri met in the Community Room at the Montrose Public Safety Complex along with city staff. 

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

Watch the meeting here.


City Councilors were briefed on a contract award recommendation for annual parks maintenance to Green and Bearit of Montrose in the amount of $119,988.

The city’s Parks Division contracts the turf maintenance for 13 out of the 28 parks with turf, 75% of the total city park turf area, not including Sunset Mesa or Cedar Creek Cemetery. The contractor will perform weekly mowing, trimming, and edging of all walks, cleaning up trash and debris, performing irrigation checks, and final clean up all sidewalks, roadways, picnic areas, and walkways within those parks.

The city’s maintenance contract expired earlier this year and a request for proposals was issued to renew the contract. The Parks Division received four qualified bids that met all the requirements.

Green and Bearit has been working with the city since 2017, performing on-call services for mowing vacant lots and irrigation maintenance and repair, and helping with other parks when needed. They have been the primary contractor for parks turf care since 2019. Green and Bearit has done an astonishing job and has been flexible for events, weather, or other needs of citizens utilizing the park system. City staff recommends awarding the contract to Green and Bearit.


City Councilors were presented with a proposed contract award for the design and construction of a new playground in Buckley Park. 

Public Works Manager Jim Scheid said the Buckley Park Playground Replacement Project is a top priority following a 2021 audit of all city playgrounds. 

The audit found that several playgrounds were past their usable service. A list of playgrounds that needed to be replaced based on playground use, condition, and availability of replacement parts was formulated. As Buckley is one of the oldest and busiest parks, it was determined that it would be the best candidate for the first replacement.

The city is looking for unique, inclusive play equipment with engaging features and high play value that will encourage physical activity and enhance motor skill development. Equipment design will include a focus on safety, inclusiveness, and full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), the American Society of Testing Materials International (ASTM), and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) playground safety standards. 

The City of Montrose Parks Division requested qualifications statements from qualified manufacturers and/or vendors to design, deliver, and install playground equipment for Buckley Park, as detailed in the Request for Qualification. A not-to-exceed amount for the contractor is $420,000, well within the $475,000 that was included in the 2023 budget. The remaining $55,000 will be used for new concrete curbing and engineered wood fiber safety surfacing around the playground.


City Councilors were presented with a construction contract to Oldcastle SW Group, Inc. (dba United Companies) for completion of the Moving Montrose Forward 2023 Contracted Street Maintenance Project.

City Engineer Scott Murphy said the City of Montrose developed the Moving Montrose Forward (MoveMo) initiative in 2018, which placed a renewed focus on street maintenance, reducing traffic congestion, and improving pedestrian and vehicular mobility throughout the community. As part of this effort, each year the city hires contractors to perform some of the larger-scale and specialized street maintenance construction activities. This contracted street maintenance work is in addition to typical routine maintenance activities performed by the city’s street division of public works.

The city’s street maintenance and a capital plan is available on the City’s MoveMo webpage at The street maintenance plan identifies how available funds should generally be allocated between the various types of maintenance activities (e.g., surface treatments, mill, and overlays, rebuild of failed roadways, etc). Allocation of these funds is geared towards the creation of a comprehensive street-maintenance program focused on striking a balance between maintenance of the better-condition roadways (keeping the “good roads good” and at a lower cost) and eventually restoring those that have experienced failure and are more costly to repair. It should be noted that asset management software and modeling are used to help prioritize appropriate maintenance treatments for the city’s roadways and best utilize limited resources.

The city budgeted a record $4.3M for this year’s MoveMo contracted street maintenance efforts. Approximately $2.9M of this funding is focused on asphalt overlays, mill and overlays, and roadway rebuilds. It should be noted that some of these streets also include aged waterline replacements, curb ramp replacements, and select sidewalk additions where appropriate. Additional detail on the city’s street maintenance program can be found in the street capital and maintenance plan noted above as well as on the Street Maintenance tab of the Moving Montrose Forward webpage at


City Councilors were presented with an annexation application for the  Senergy Addition, a proposed annexation that is approximately 35.5 acres in size.

City Planner William Reis said the parcel is located along Miami Road, northeast of its intersection with 6750 Road. It is within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary, City of Montrose Sewer Service Area, and City of Montrose Water Service Area. Annexation of this property will allow for connection to city utilities. An annexation agreement is required.

Proposed Zoning: “R-2” Low-Density District

Applicant: Darin Carei, Senergy Builders


City Engineer Scott Murphy said work to rebuild a storm drain under Miami Road is continuing. Murphy said the City of Montrose will be presenting at the Forum this Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Cascade Hall on the Colorado Mesa University Montrose campus. 


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


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