by Sheridan Block
Following a discussion of the KRW assessment of the Ouray Police Department, the council approved a work session with the department to discuss ideas and review budgets before making any changes.
Council member Michael Underwood said that it was the responsibility of the council to hold a work session to discuss ideas and how the changes might affect the department and citizens.
The report was presented at the Mar. 18 meeting by Fred Rainguet, a partner with KRW, and offered several suggestions for improvement, including changes in schedules and additional staff.
Though Rainguet stressed that the analysis presented only ideas rather than expectations, Police Chief Leo Rasmusson II told the council that he was directed to change the schedule to the suggested four days on, three days off 10-hour schedule provided by the report. The change was set in full effect on Sunday.
When council member Gary Hanson jokingly asked how much money was being saved, Rassmusson replied none because hours were taken from 2,013 to 2,080 hours in the fiscal year in addition to 183 hours on call for each employee.
Underwood noted that the change “impacts the budget in a negative way.”
Since council members John Ferguson and Richard Kersen and City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli were not in attendance Monday, Mayor Bob Risch, Hanson and Underwood approved the scheduling of a work session within the next week in order to determine the impact other changes may have on the police department.
The council also approved modification of the premises and a bed and breakfast liquor permit for the St. Elmo Hotel.
The St. Elmo Hotel, operated by the St. Elmost Hotel, Inc., and the Bon Ton Restaurant, operated by For the Love of Food, LLC, serve alcohol under the same liquor license. The modification requested is to separate the two entities by removing the main floor and second floor of the hotel from the existing liquor license. The separation, in combination with the B&B liquor permit that was also approved at Monday’s meeting, will allow the two businesses to be responsible for liquor management in their individual services.
In other business, the council:
-- approved Ordinance No. 3 on 1st reading to purchase a new public works truck to replace an outdated model, provided the purchase would be within budget.
-- received a report from Community Development Coordinator Ann Morgenthaler, who attended the Ouray Ice Park, Inc., board meeting on Mar. 20. She reported that five new board members were appointed. The group outlined responsibilities and summer plans, which included improving kiosks and signage, and working with public works to improve infrastructures. The Ice Park also announced that ice climbing ended, as planned, on Mar. 31 and said it was a successful season.
-- approved a special events permit for the Ouray Chamber Resort Association's to use the community center for its upcoming Mud Jam on Apr. 26.
-- approved a liquor license renewal for the Friends of the Wright Opera House, Inc.