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Posted on: July 27, 2022

City Manager Report



City of Cortez

123 Roger Smith Ave.

Cortez, Co.  81321





July 26, 2022


Mayor and Council:


The following are some of the current issues occurring in the City of Cortez:


  • The Sligo St. road reconstruction project is all but completed.  Public Works informs me that the final touches are being put on the roadway and it will be open again as early as tomorrow.  I would like to thank D&L Construction and the City Streets Department for their quality and expeditious work to get this project completed on time. 


  • As many of you know, Region 9 has agreed to oversee the SWCOG for the foreseeable future.  Region 9 held their board meeting here in Cortez last week and at that meeting it was decided that annual dues for SWGOC and Region 9 will now be rolled into one.   The Region 9 decision was ratified by the SWGOC board as well.  What this means for the City of Cortez is that we stand to save approximately $9000 total for our 2023 dues between the two organizations.


  • Some additional highlights of note:


  1. Hiring has improved in the Parks and Recreation Department.  They have hired a front desk clerk and are fully staffed in the Parks, but only for two more weeks due to school restarting.  They are losing some lifeguards in two weeks also for the same reason.
  2. The Airport is installing remote access weather cameras as an additional aid to pilots.  CO Fire continues aviation based fire suppression in the area and they have successfully put out many small blazes before they could become major fires.
  3. The Refuse Department is now fully staffed.
  4. Most of the water infrastructure replacement work is complete on the Mildred road project


EMPLOYEE HIGHLIGHT – Donna Murphy (Nominated by Linda Smith)


            Donna Murphy joined the City of Cortez staff team in January 2022 and has brought with her a wealth of experience from her previous position with the Town of Mancos.  With that experience she has jumped in with both feet and has taken on many different projects for the City of Cortez.  Donna has taken full responsibility of liquor licensing, as well as special event permits.  She has attended the Council meetings and is a great asset with the various duties that are required prior to/during/after the meetings.  In the next few months Donna and Linda will be taking turns attending the Council meetings which will result in another person trained and ready for any City meeting needing a clerk in attendance.  Over the past six months Donna has been instrumental in helping complete much needed filing of important City documents, indexing Council minutes, agenda preparation, completing the monthly calendar, participated in her first election, is now a member of the Wellness Committee (which is more than meets the eye in coordination and tracking), and is currently working on the new City fee schedule.  Donna has completed her third year of Colorado Municipal Clerk’s Institute and is working towards her certification.  Donna’s enthusiasm and kindness to everyone is evident in all she does.  We are thankful she is here.  The City is very lucky to have her. 

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