Fruita City Council Minutes 1 April 3, 20125RUITA CITY COUNCILREGULAR MEETINGAPRIL 3, 20121. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCEThe Invocation was given and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.2. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALLMayor Henry called the regular meeting of the Fruita City Council to order at 7:05 p.m. Councilmembers present were Bruce Bonar, Mel Mulder, Lori Buck, Stacey Mascarenas, Terry Moss andBob Fuller.3. AGENDA – ADOPT/AMENDMayor Henry noted that there was one addition to the agenda under Proclamations andPresentations Item 4. C: a Proclamation for the Day of Prayer in the City of Fruita. He asked ifthere were any further additions or corrections to the agenda. Hearing none, Mayor asked theCouncil for a motion to approve the agenda.COUNCILOR BUCK MOVED TO ADOPT THE AGENDA AS AMENDED.COUNCILOR MULDER SECONDED THE MOTION. THERE WERE 6 YESVOTES.4. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONSA. PROCLAMATION – PROCLAIMING APRIL 2012 AS THE “MONTH OF THEYOUNG CHILD” IN THE CITY OF FRUITA TO BE ACCEPTED BY JEANAHAITZ OF THE MESA DISTRICT GROUPMayor Henry read the Proclamation. Ms. Jeana Haitz was present to accept the Proclamation. Shestated that she was President of the Mesa District Group, as well as Director of the Little SproutsPreschool. She thanked the Council for honoring the Month of the Young Child in the City ofFruita. Councilor Moss commented that the City is blessed to have Jeana in the community to bringher knowledge and experience to childhood education.B. PROCLAMATION – PROCLAIMING APRIL 2012 AS “CHILD ABUSEPREVENTION MONTH” IN THE CITY OF FRUITA TO BE ACCEPTED BYNANCY KETCHUM OF COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES ANDSHARI ZEN AND JOY THOMPSON OF THE WESTERN SLOPE CENTER FORCHILDRENThe Proclamation was read by Councilor Mascarenas.Ms. Donna Bennett commented that Sue Tuffin and Jill Calvert have been fabulous employees, aswell as very caring and compassionate people who have been in the child abuse prevention business
Fruita City Council Minutes 2 April 3, 2012for a long time. She also acknowledged Holly Jacobson, Director of the Mesa County Partnershipfor Children & Families, Shari Zen, Head of the Western Slope Center for Children and a formerpolice officer, Nancy Ketchum, Head of Court Appointed Special Advocates.Ms. Bennett stated that the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign has been going on for three years.The Pinwheel Garden for this year will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 starting at 9:30 a.m.at the DHS building in Fruita, where a snack is provided to the kids before they are allowed to picktheir own pinwheel. She encouraged everyone to attend.Ms. Bennett continued that she had a $150 check from her dentist Dr. Poovey that she was going togive to Holland Longstreet, who is the Director of the Partnership for Children and Families. Shesaid that Councilor Moss has consistently supported the Pinwheel event, but added that it is onlythrough the donations that her organization receives from the community that ensure that as manychildren as possible get a pinwheel.Ms. Bennett gave each of the Council members and the Mayor “Pinwheels for Prevention” pins forthem to wear.Nancy Ketchum thanked the Council for recognizing April as a child abuse awareness month;adding that it serves as a reminder that everyone needs to work together to prevent childmaltreatment and strengthen Mesa County families.She continued that Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a local non-profit organizationthat has been in the community since 1997. CASA’s responsibility is to serve the children of MesaCounty by providing people who act as advocates for the children who are involved in abuse andneglect cases. These advocates gather information, meet with the children and their families, andreport directly to the Court. They become the voice in court for children who have entered theunknown world of foster care. These children have entered a system that although designed toprotect them, does not have the ability to consider their individual needs.Ms. Ketchum stated that the CASA Advocates are essentially very dedicated Mesa County citizenswho volunteer their time. They go through rigorous interviews, background checks, and a 35-hourtraining program. In 2011, CASA served 276 children with 69 volunteers, but they continue to havea need for more volunteers to serve the children assigned to the program. Ms. Ketchum encouragedeveryone to become involved in any way they can to protect Mesa County’s children.Mayor Henry asked Ms. Ketchum where the funding for CASA comes from. Ms. Ketchumresponded that 5% of the funding is from the government, while the rest comes from donations andfundraisers in the community.Councilor Mascarenas asked Ms. Ketchum how many volunteers she currently has and Ms.Ketchum answered that there are about 60 active volunteers at the moment. She added that there isabout a two-year span where volunteers are active but then they need a break due to the emotionaland difficult work that is involved. She said the advocates are dedicated and stay on a case until itis closed, which means a child achieves permanency and either goes home or is adopted. Thesevolunteers also take on more than one case at a time. There are also three full-time staff memberswho work with the children as well.
Fruita City Council Minutes 3 April 3, 2012Shari Zen stated that she appreciates the Council’s support and acknowledgement of “Child AbusePrevention Month.” She said a national initiative is beginning to inform people about child abuse,teach them how to recognize the signs of it, and get involved by reporting it. If someone suspectschild abuse is occurring, they can call the Child Prevention Hotline and remain anonymous.Councilor Mascarenas noted that Karen Martsolf was also present in the audience; noting that shehas helped coordinate many things behind the scenes. She recalled that about a year or two ago, theDepartment of Human Services (DHS) provided a service to the community regarding child abuseawareness at the Fruita Community Center and it was packed. People who attended looked at thestatistics and were astonished. Councilor Mascarenas said that Fruita is not exempt from childabuse and offered Ms. Bennett’s infamous quote that “child abuse is a community problem thatrequires a community response.”Ms. Bennett noted that Councilor Mascarenas had taken over the Pinwheel Campaign for this yearand is also one of the co-chairs for “How Are the Children.” She said she was proud to call her afriend and cohort.Ms. Bennett stated that the County Commissioners have a section on their agenda called “How Arethe Children” where a variety of agencies speak to what they are doing on a regular basis. Sheasked the Fruita City Council to consider doing something similar because the number of services,groups, and collaboratives that exist in Mesa County is truly astounding.Ms. Bennett also mentioned that she chairs the School Equity Advisory Committee, which focuseson the anti-bullying movement. She also sits on the Steering Committee for the Teen HomelessShelter, which hopes to open May 2, 2012.Mayor Henry presented the National Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation to the group andthanked them for all their efforts.C. PROCLAMATION – PROCLAIMING MAY 3, 2012 AS “A DAY OF PRAYER” INTHE CITY OF FRUITA (ADDED TO THE AGENDA BY MAYOR HENRY)Mayor Henry read the Proclamation. Linda Roush was present to accept the Proclamation. Shestated that three years ago an event started in Fruita at Circle Park to provide an opportunity for thecommunity to come together to pray, regardless of religious affiliations. They pray for all levels ofgovernment, education, first responders, and the military. The event lasts for about an hour and Ms.Roush asked that people attend and pray on May 3, 2012 at 11:00 at Circle Park. The focus is onprayer and not a meal or big program, as is sometimes done in other communities.Ms. Roush said it was a real honor to receive the Proclamation for the “Day of Prayer” from theFruita City Council.5. PUBLIC PARTICIPATIONMr. Tim Merris stated that there has been a change in personnel at the Fruita Times. Editor DebbieRoberts moved to Alabama to get married, and Mr. Merris said he would be taking over as GeneralManager. The Fruita Times has hired Ellen Miller as news editor and the paper’s photographer is
Fruita City Council Minutes 4 April 3, 2012Chuck Pearson. Mr. Merris assured the Council that the Fruita Times was here to support them asbest they can.Mayor Henry asked Mr. Merris to convey to publisher Bob Sweeney that the Council appreciatesthe Fruita Times’ coverage of Fruita news.6. CONSENT AGENDAA. MINUTES – A REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THEMARCH 20, 2012 CITY COUNCIL MEETINGB. LIQUOR LICENSE RENEWAL – A REQUEST TO APPROVE THE RENEWAL OFA HOTEL AND RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSE – MALT, VINOUS ANDSPIRITUOUS FOR FIESTA GUADALAJARA LOCATED AT 103 HIGHWAY 6 &50C. SPECIAL EVENTS APPLICATION – A REQUEST TO APPROVE A SPECIALEVENTS LIQUOR PERMIT FOR THE ROTARY CLUB TO SELL BEER AT THEFAT TIRE FESTIVAL ON APRIL 27 AND APRIL 28, 2012 FROM 12:00 PM TO10:00 PM AT CIVIC CENTER PARKD. SPECIAL EVENTS APPLICATION – A REQUEST TO APPROVE A SPECIALEVENTS LIQUOR PERMIT FOR THE ROTARY CLUB TO SELL BEER AT THEMIKE THE HEADLESS CHICKEN FESTIVAL ON MAY 18, 2012 FROM 3:00 PMTO 10:00 PM AND MAY 19, 2012 FROM 11:00 AM TO 10:00 PM AT CIVICCENTER PARKE. SPECIAL EVENTS APPLICATION – A REQUEST TO APPROVE A SPECIALEVENTS LIQUOR PERMIT FOR THE COLORADO RIVERFRONTFOUNDATION TO SELL BEER AND WINE AT THE JAMES M. ROBB-COLORADO RIVER STATE PARK 2012 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES FROM5:30 PM TO 10: PM ON ONE DAY IN LATE MAY (TENTATIVE), ONE DAY INJUNE, ONE DAY IN JULY, ONE DAY IN AUGUST (IF NO CONCERT IN MAY),AND ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, 2012 (SPECIFIC DATES TO BE ANNOUNCEDAT A LATER DATE WHEN ACTS ARE BOOKED)F. BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS APPOINTMENT – A REQUEST TO APPROVETHE APPOINTMENT OF CHRIS SHURTLEFF TO THE BOARD OFADJUSTMENTS FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM TO EXPIRE IN APRIL OF 2015G. ARBOR DAY PROCLAMATION – A REQUEST TO APPROVE APROCLAMATION PROCLAIMING APRIL 18, 2012 AS ARBOR DAY IN THECITY OF FRUITAH. ENTERTAINMENT GRANTS – A REQUEST TO APPROVE FOUR (4)ENTERTAINMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS FROM OVER THE EDGE SPORTS,
Fruita City Council Minutes 5 April 3, 2012FRUITA ROTARY CLUB, GRAND VALLEY ZOOLOGICAL QUEST, AND THEHOT TOMATO CAFÉ AND PIZZERIAI. ORDINANCE 2012-06 – SECOND READING – A REQUEST TO APPROVE ANORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 9 OF THE FRUITA MUNICIPAL CODECONCERNING REGULATIONS FOR SOLICITATION (HOURS OF OPERATION)J. RESOLUTION 2012-17 – A REQUEST TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION FINDINGTHE LUSTER PROPERTY LOCATED ALONG I-70 FRONTAGE ROAD ANDALONG 18 ½ ROAD CONTAINING 5.59 ACRES ELIGIBLE FOR ANNEXATIONK. ORDINANCE 2012-08 – FIRST READING – AN INTRODUCTION OF ANORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP FOR THE CITY OFFRUITA AND REZONING 0.45 ACRES OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 318 AND332 E. ASPEN AVE FROM COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL TO DOWNTOWNMIXED USE ZONE (STEGELMEIER AND QUARNBERG REZONE) FORPUBLICATION OF PUBLIC HEARING ON MAY 1, 2012L. ORDINANCE 2012-09 – FIRST READING – AN INTRODUCTION OF ANORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF PROPERTY (LOT 3 OF THEPROPOSED LITTLE SALT WASH MINOR SUBDIVISION) TO PEACH TREEVALUE HARDWARE FOR PUBLICATION OF PUBLIC HEARING ON MAY 1,2012COUNCILOR BUCK MOVED TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA ASPRESENTED. COUNCILOR MOSS SECONDED THE MOTION. THERE WERE 6YES VOTES.Mayor Henry pointed out that one of the Consent Agenda items included a Special EventsApplication from the Colorado Riverfront Foundation for their 2012 Summer Concert Series andnoted that representatives from the Foundation were present at the meeting.Mr. Ron Wilson stated that on June 28, 2012, Louisiana blues guitarist Sonny Landreth would beappearing. On July 12, a Colorado-based band called The Samples will perform and on August 16,2012, The Emmitt-Nershi Band will complete the concert series. Mr. Wilson commented that theseacts will likely skew a little bit of a younger demographic (35 – 60).He added that there would be some discussion about having a 25 th Anniversary Spectacular Show atthe James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park, possibly in August and possibly with an act such asJackson Brown or Sheryl Crow.Mr. Paul Nelson of the Riverfront Foundation commented that performers are always inspired bythe venue with its beautiful sunsets and red rock formations.Mayor Henry thanked Mr. Wilson and Mr. Nelson for their endeavors and hard work to bring theacts to Fruita.
Fruita City Council Minutes 6 April 3, 2012PUBLIC HEARINGSThere were no public hearing items on the agenda.7. ADMINISTRATIVE AGENDAThere were no Administrative items on the agenda.8. COUNCIL REPORTS AND ACTIONSA. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION TO CONSIDER TAKING A POSITIONON MESA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 51’S BUDGET ISSUES ANDOVERCROWDING ISSUESCity Manager Clint Kinney stated that Mesa County School District is continuing to evaluate itscurrent budget situation and overcrowding issues. The Council packets contained a draft letter anda draft resolution for Council consideration. The letter/resolution is designed to help the SchoolDistrict understand the City Council’s position regarding the issues.Mr. Kinney noted that Councilor Fuller had a couple of grammatical suggestions that didn’t make itinto the Council packets.Mr. Kinney continued that the proposal as he understands it is that the boundary lines betweenShelledy and Rimrock Elementaries would be adjusted so that about 80 children from Rimrockwould attend Shelledy Elementary and approximately 150 children from Shelledy who live in southFruita would be bused to Loma.Councilor Moss said he thought the Council should send the letter. Councilor Fuller said that hefelt that the Council should try to keep the kids who live in Fruita in Fruita schools. He said hethought the letter expressed the Council’s concern about the issue.Mayor Henry said he understood that Harry Butler is the person who took the lead in opposing anytransporting of south Fruita kids to the Redlands area. He said the Council owes him a thanks.Councilor Mascarenas stated that her preference would be to send a letter and not a resolution. Shesaid she liked the draft letter and how it was written. She commented that this was an example ofhow Fruita is so different from the rest of the valley and that she was disappointed thatcommunication didn’t quite happen earlier. She said she thought the letter would help open upsome dialog between Fruita and the School District.Mayor Henry agreed with Councilor Mascarenas’ concern about the lack of communication, addingthat he spoke with Greg Mikolai the following day and indicated to him that there would most likelybe a letter coming. He said he also encouraged him to make sure in the future that when issues likethis come up, that the Fruita City Council be informed.Councilor Moss noted that Fruita would be impacted more than any other community in the valley.
Fruita City Council Minutes 7 April 3, 2012Mayor Henry said that prior to the opening of Rimrock, the kids from south Fruita were bused toLoma and there are still a number of children attending school there.Councilor Buck said that the budget issues are not going to go away, but she felt the letter was agood start to express the Council’s concerns to the School District. Councilors Bonar and Mulderagreed.COUNCILOR BUCK MOVED TO APPROVE AND EXECUTE THE LETTERDATED APRIL 3, 2012 TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. COUNCILORMASCARENAS SECONDED THE MOTION. THERE WERE 6 YES VOTES.B. COUNCIL REPORTS AND ACTIONSCOUNCILOR BONARCouncilor Bonar reported that he would be meeting with the Colorado Mesa Capstone students thefollowing day to discuss the formatting of their final report on the preliminary evaluation of theKokopelli Trail extension. There are two students who are working on this as their Capstoneproject this fall to begin the more in-depth analysis, which will be Phase I – Cultural andendangered species. Councilor Bonar continued that the project is moving along and he expects tohave a presentation from the CMU Capstone students to the Council probably at the beginning ofMay. He added that the college is pretty excited about the partnership.Councilor Bonar also reported KAFM Community Radio’s Spring Membership Drive was currentlygoing on and he manned the phones at 6:00 a.m. earlier in the day. The station now has 300 wattsand pretty good saturation of the Fruita area.COUNCILOR MULDERCouncilor Mulder stated that kids are swimming at Snook’s Bottom already. He said he enjoyed theWastewater Treatment Plant tour that the Council took earlier that evening. He said he didn’texpect to see such a clean operation.COUNCILOR BUCKCouncilor Buck recalled that last year, the City of Fruita decided to be an underwriter for KAFMRadio but the Tourism Advisory Board wasn’t very excited about doing that again. She said for theamount of money, the Board feels it could be better spent elsewhere than on radio spots, so theywill not be underwriting again this year. She asked for the Council members’ opinions on it.Councilor Bonar said that for underwriting, the City received four reads per week that updatedpeople on current activities such as the Thursday Night Concert Series or other festivals held inFruita.Councilor Fuller asked if now was the appropriate time to make the decision about underwritingwith KAFM.
Fruita City Council Minutes 8 April 3, 2012Councilor Bonar responded that the City’s underwriting with KAFM has lapsed, but the stationwould really appreciate the City’s continuing with the underwriting. The cost to the City of Fruitais $1,200. Councilor Bonar added that Fruita is the only municipal government that underwritescommunity radio, so that does make Fruita stand out. He said he personally would like the City tocontinue underwriting with KAFM, noting that KAFM has a lot of members that live in Fruita.Councilor Moss stated that Alpine Bank and other big groups support community radio. He said hefelt the radio spots bring a lot of people to Fruita for the concerts and festivals.Mayor Henry noted that all Council members agreed.Mr. Kinney asked the Council if they wanted to take the money out of the economic developmentbudget line item. The Council responded that that was fine.Councilor Buck reported that the tear-off maps were very close to being ready. 5,000 of them willbe printed for placement at the Visitor’s Center, hotels, and the Colorado National Monument. Themaps do not sell advertising.Councilor Moss asked how much money was in the economic development fund. Mr. Kinneyrecalled that the Council put $15,000 in the budget for it.Councilor Buck stated that Bicycle Magazine will be in Fruita April 8 th through the 14 th demo-ingsome bikes and hopefully writing a nice article about the City. She added that Mr. Kinney workedto get a house for the magazine staff to use while they are here. The City of Fruita is splitting thecost with the magazine.Councilor Buck noted that the Council had never acted on getting signage for the North FruitaDesert; adding that she sees people looking around trying to find out how to get out to 18 Road.Mr. Kinney responded that City staff works with the bike stores and every map that the City hasproduced in the last two years gives directions to the area.Councilor Buck asked if the City could approach a property owner about putting a sign up.Mr. Kinney said that in talking with the bike stores, it has been discussed whether to put the sign thesign on Ottley and Maple or somewhere else. He said that what happens is that people try to take18 Road all the way through, but they can’t. He said that probably the best solution would be todirect people to the North Fruita Desert when they hit the dead end at M Road.Mr. Kinney added that the sign could be put on a Mesa County sign and City staff would probablywork with Eric Burton on it. He noted that getting signage out of Fruita’s jurisdiction is not easy,and that is why it hasn’t been executed yet.Councilor Moss said he thought if the City could get signage on K Road at the four-way stop thatwould point in two directions, that would help.Mr. Kinney said that people would then need to take a right at N.3 Road and then north on 18 Road.
Fruita City Council Minutes 9 April 3, 2012He noted that all the maps from the bike stores do not direct people from 18½ Road, but rather 17½Road.Councilor Moss said it would be nice to have signage on all the different routes eventually.COUNCILOR MASCARENASCouncilor Mascarenas reported that the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee did notmeet the previous Monday because the meeting had been cancelled. She said the internal route inFruita is now occurring; it started during Spring Break. Councilor Mascarenas said she would bebringing information about it to the Council.Councilor Mascarenas noted that the diverging diamond project stops short going eastbound to theAcorn Truck Stop and so she wanted to keep the conversation going because it is such a dangerousarea.Councilor Mascarenas also reported that the Police Commission met Tula, the new Germanshepherd on the Fruita Police Department. She said the dog is very strong, big and so adorable.Councilor Mascarenas stated that Fruita Police Officer Jared Wright is now on the ballot for District54. She said it was discussed at the Police Commission meeting what would happen if OfficerWright does win.Mayor Henry pointed out that the current Employee Manual for the City of Fruita doesn’t allow foran employee to simultaneously hold office.Councilor Moss said he would like to strongly encourage the Council and the City to look at settingup some kind of new policy that would allow for either part-time employment or a leave of absencebecause Officer Wright would be serving the public. He said he talked to Chief Angelo and OfficerWright about it.Councilor Mascarenas concluded her reports by saying that the Fruita Monument High Schoolbaseball team just won 5 to 4 against Grand Junction High School.COUNCILOR MOSSCouncilor Moss stated that the Chamber of Commerce would not be meeting until the followingweek and Director LeAnne Ingwersen is on her way to China to represent the City of Fruita and theChamber.Councilor Moss continued that soccer and Little League Baseball are getting underway, as well asPee-Wee Football.He said the Community Center is still doing well and he was anxious for summer when peoplewould be using the pool.COUNCILOR FULLER
Fruita City Council Minutes 10 April 3, 2012Councilor Fuller noted that the Lower Valley Fire Protection District’s Election would be held onMay 8, 2012. The process is that people have to go into the Fire Station to get the ballot, fill out theballot and then bring it back to the station. Councilor Fuller said he sent all the Council members alist of the candidates as well as a new District map. He said he would get back to the Council in afew weeks about when the ballots would actually be available.Councilor Fuller recalled that last year, there was an Open House at the Fire Station for people tohave an opportunity to meet the candidates as well as the existing members of the Board who arebeing retained. It has not yet been scheduled, but Councilor Fuller said he would report back to theCouncil about the date.Councilor Fuller stated that he has been talking to several people that drive buses for the SchoolDistrict and they have settled their labor issue. He said he was wondering if there has been bettercommunication between the School District and Grand Valley Transit with regard to possiblyhelping with the bussing of students.Councilor Mascarenas said she was hoping to discuss that at the GVRTC meeting, butunfortunately, it was cancelled.Councilor Fuller stated that Rural Economic Development is a program that is run out of theDepartment of Agriculture for home loan purchases. Currently, the City of Fruita is within thedistrict that allows for that financing to take place, which means essentially that people get 100%financing and no mortgage insurance requirement. In October of 2012, because of the census datafrom Fruita, it is quite possible that the City of Fruita will be carved out of the program because thepopulation number is no longer considered rural.Councilor Fuller said that Mayor Henry sent a letter to Scott Tipton, Scott Tipton in turn sent theletter to the Department of Agriculture asking for at least some consideration. He said the programis a valuable one; upwards of 40% of houses sold in the last couple of years in Fruita have takenadvantage of it. Councilor Fuller said through the program, people can essentially buy a $300,000home with virtually no money down and it would be a blow to the real estate market in Fruita if theprogram is terminated for the community. The current area extends all the way out to the Utahborder.Mayor Henry said that the underwriting criteria are such that once the City goes over 10,000 people,they are no longer eligible to participate in the program. A city can be exempted, but for somereason, the City of Fruita was not exempted in the last budget. Firestone is another city that alsowas not exempted.Councilor Fuller stated that Housing Resources settled with the Hollow Creek Homeowner’sAssociation through arbitration. They have agreed to build a certain number of houses with aminimum square footage of 1,400 – 1,450 square feet and will go up to 1,600 – 1,700 square feet.There are a little over 30 lots and there is a specific mix of the number of houses they will build; butmainly they will build the larger houses. Housing Resources has also agreed to put in front yardlandscaping, which is not part of their traditional program. Councilor Fuller called it a goodsettlement for Fruita and should move fairly quickly.
Fruita City Council Minutes 11 April 3, 2012Councilor Moss said he understood that the homeowners of the Hollow Creek Subdivision wouldalso be able to manage their own covenants, so the City of Fruita would not need to be involved.MAYOR HENRYMayor Henry reported that on April 10 th , he was invited to be part of a presentation to the GreatOutdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board in Denver. He said the GOCO people encouraged an expansionof the current application for Phase I of the Colorado Riverfront trail which runs from the RedlandsParkway bridge to the Walter Walker Wildlife Area.Mr. Kinney said he recalled that the City would be breaking ground in August for Phase II, which isa detached hard-surface trail leading from the Visitor’s Center to 18 ½ Road. Phase III will go from18 ½ Road to hookup with the end of Phase I and the moneys are committed to finish it out.Mayor Henry noted that GOCO recognized that the missing trail connection would be from Fruitato Loma and the connection to the Kokopelli trail. GOCO encouraged modifications to theapplication to include that, and Mayor Henry said he was making the application when he goes toDenver on April 10 th . Steve Aquafresca, Katie Steele and Greg Linza will be going to thepresentation with Mayor Henry.The GOCO Board will be in the area on Friday, April 13, 2012 to take a tour of the trail and willhold a meeting at the Fruita Community Center at 1:30 p.m. They will participate in an electronicflyover from Palisade clear to Loma.9. ADJOURNWith no further business before the Council, the meeting was adjourned at 8:12 p.m.Respectively submitted,Debra WoodsDeputy City ClerkCity of Fruita