The Montrose Police Department is investigating a case of arson at Montrose High School. According to NBC 11 News police say two fires were set on different days in boys bathrooms. There was some damage but no one was hurt. The school was never evacuated but police and fire officials were called on the scene after the incident yesterday. The suspect or suspects could face a 2nd degree arson charge which carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison or a $500 thousand fine.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 6:10a)
Last night the Town of Palisade approved an ordinance that will allow police officers and other town officials to hold tenants and property managers responsible for making sure their yards are free of weeds, brush, and trash. The Daily Sentinel says the town pays about $5.50 for each letter it has to mail to property owners. Palisade residents who neglect the weed ordinance could face a $300 fine.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 6:09a)
City Engineer Jason Ullman has been selected by his peers as the City of Montrose 2009 Employee of the Year. The honor was bestowed at the annual employee awards reception held on Friday. Jason has been at the forefront of many important city efforts during his three years with the city. Among these are numerous design projects and the creation of “master plans” for the city’s water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure. He has worked to bring solid engineering principles into the decision-making process and has stayed dedicated to finding solutions to some of the city’s most pressing infrastructure problems.
Jason has also been a key resource in securing grant funding for city projects, including a $1.15 million grant for downtown traffic improvements. “He has had an extremely large workload, but he continues to take time to listen to the public and other employees,” his award nomination stated. “He demonstrates professional achievement by being involved in the regional group of public works engineers and shows his commitment to the community by volunteering frequently at the church he and his family attend. He is a great asset for the Montrose community and should be recognized for his hard work.”
Employee of the Year candidates are nominated by their peers and the final selection is made by vote of all city departments. Outstanding employees are also recognized on a quarterly basis throughout the year. In 2009 those employees were:
1st Quarter – Kevin Hawkins, IT Network Administrator
2nd Quarter – Chris Hoeh, Patrol Officer
3rd Quarter – Jake Suppes, Police Sergeant
4th Quarter – John Harris, Project Manager
Source: Press Release (Posted 6:06a)
A Colorado gun lobby is threatening legal action against the Colorado State University System for its proposal to ban weapons from its Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses. According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners group says university officials have not shown that banning guns on campuses would improve public safety and that Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden is joining them in opposing the proposal. CSU System officials will consider the prepossessed ban next month. It would allow exemptions for educational purposes and to people who face a serious threat, if they have a concealed-carry permit. Almost all campuses nationwide, including the University of Colorado, already ban concealed weapons. CSU is accepting public suggestions on the proposal until January 29th.
Source: Fort Collins Coloradoan (Posted 6:04a)