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Posted on: February 19, 2021

Cortez City Manager Weekly Report

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1.     There was an unattended death in Veterans Park, on Wednesday, just north of the Welcome Center.   Cause of death won’t be determined for some time but the person is a known transient who probably died do to exposure.

2.     Had a higher number of meetings than normal as staff and Green were working on the snow removal ordinance (lots of discussion still needed), the ballot issue in June, the retreat on Saturday morning, the purchasing guidelines according to the City Charter, compiling the Agenda for next week, a couple of meetings concerning the Band Shell and Library expansion plans (coming to the March 9 work session), reviewed a couple of drafts of the CM recruitment brochure and discussed with Drew.  Final draft was approved and will be posted for recruitment today.

3.     Councilmember Lucero and Mayor Mike are already aware of the Band Shell proposal and the rest of the Council will be briefed on March 9.  I have asked GIS to produce me a large map, I will go to the printers to get each of you a copy so you can see why staff are having issues with the Band Shell Committee’s chosen site.  The map will show the proposed library expansion, the parking lot expansion required when the library expansion happens and the proposed Band Shell.

4.     Reminder: Tomorrow, Saturday, February 20, at 10 A.M. will be the Council retreat at the Conquistador Golf Course deck.  It will be outside, as requested, so dress warmly.  We have two portable heaters but with 6’ distancing you won’t be all that close together.  As directed by Council the City Clerk and City Manager will be the only staff present, to make sure that the facilitator and Council has what they need to have a productive day.

5.     I have been working through ICMA to find a more appropriate evaluation form for the City Manager position.  Next week I will give to Matt Cashner the two forms that I have found that I feel the Council and Manager might find more to their liking.  For the new Council Members this was a direction given by the last Council, none of us were happy with the current form but it just kept getting dropped on the priority list.


Sales and Lodgers Tax

January, 2021

(December retail sales)


Regular Sales Tax (4.05%)                      Month                                        YTD


Current Year                                       $1,327,726                              $12,932,103

Prior Year                                            $1,065,804                              $11,690,002

Above/(below) prior year                               124.58%                                  110.63%


Lodger’s Tax                                       


Current Year                                       $7,270                                     $139,751

Prior Year                                            $6,617                                     $234,043

Above/(below) prior year                               (109.86%)                                (59.71%)



6.     If weather permits, the golf course may open on a limited basis on Friday, February 26th. 

7.     The Bobcat broke down during the last snow removal and had to be welded by a local welder to get it repaired and up and running again. 

8.     The recreation center averaged 170 participants per day this past week and averaging 160 participants per day so far this week.


Public Works

1.     Weekly water production: Ave. 1.13 MGD, High: 1.19 MGD, Low: 1.10 MGD. No Water Issues.

2.     Water Docks - $ 3,121 *Last year at this time sales totaled $10,315.

3.     Potable water produced in last 7 days: 7.92 million gallons.

                Water Rights Used:  Feb.   -  Non-Project        0 ac/ft.
                                                                 Project            43 ac/ft.  

                                               YTD -        Non-Project       0 ac/ft.
                                                                 Project          386 ac/ft.

4.     SNOTEL Report 2/17/2021 - SWE - 102% (Median); Total Precip. - 74% (Ave).  2/18/21 - SWE - 87% (Median); Total Precip. - 72% (Ave). 

*The SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT (SWE) Percent of Median represents the snow water equivalent found at selected SNOTEL sites in or near the basin compared to the Median value for those sites on this day.

The TOTAL PRECIPITATION Percent of Average represents the total precipitation (beginning October 1st) found at selected SNOTEL sites in or near the basin compared to the Average value for those sites on this day.  

  1. Water plant installed a new power supply for the blower system. Both blowers are operable again.Power outage at Hydro Sunday morning. The Power correction system failed. We are waiting on parts to get it running. Hydro generator is off for the time being.
  2. Phil and his team are using the information provided by the GPS tracking system to take a close look at close calls ( an accident without injury, or possibly without damage)---------It should send up a warning, that something was wrong, unplanned, unexpected, and could happen again.  Look for root causes and eliminate hazards- to prevent happening again.  Communicate so others will be aware of situations and near misses.  (CM note: This has been something that we have been working on for a couple of years between Phil’s team, Risk Management and myself.  Accident occurrences are inching up and this is a possible solution.)
  3. Master Streets Plan - First public outreach meeting. Overall it went well; staff did a great job conveying information and visuals; provided outlets for comments and questions; Take-aways - we will need to engage our community multiple times via in-person opportunities, smaller areas of focus (quadrants of map), charets (?). Options will be driven by ability to meet in groups, but multi- media will still be a large component of this outreach. Will bring information, comments, concerns, and areas brought to light during the first two meetings to the March Planning and Zoning meeting to determine path forward.
  4. Code enforcement: On  2/16/2021-surveyed snow removal areas- Approx. 50% removal complete/in process.  2/17/2021-Surveyed snow removal, delivered 16 courtesy violation notices.

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