The Cortez City Council will hold its first public meeting in the new City Hall on Tuesday.
Since the council only met once in February because of construction on the building, they have many discussion items on the agenda. The meeting will begin with a workshop at 5:30 p.m., which will include discussions on the Montezuma County Justice Center, a possible acquisition of property from the Cortez Fire District, a data sharing agreement with the Ute Mountain Ute tribe and other topics. The council meeting proper will begin at 7:30.
One item on the agenda is a consideration of a request to raise passenger facility charge user fees at the Cortez Municipal Airport. Airport Manager Russ Machen wants to raise the fees, which are included in each airplane ticket, from the current $4.50 to at least $9 per passenger. Such a raise would need to be congressionally approved, so the council will decide whether to authorize Mayor Karen Sheek to sign letters of support to the Colorado congressional delegation.
The council will also consider the first reading of an ordinance regulating mobile food vendors within city limits. The ordinance would set hours of operation for food trucks, define zones where they would not be permitted and establish other rules. Tuesday’s meeting will only be the first reading of the ordinance. It is set for a public hearing on March 28.
Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include:
A proclamation declaring the third week of March as Ag Expo Week.Consideration of an airport land lease assumption agreement with Joe and Twila Moore.Consideration of bids for fertilizer, refuse trucks and aerial fiber and underground splicing.First reading of an ordinance making corrections to the Cortez City Code regulations on possession of alcohol at the Municipal Golf Course.Reports from Mayor Karen Sheek and City Manager Shane Hale.