MONTROSE BRIEFS | Council Welcomes New City Attorney
by William Woody
Feb 24, 2013 | 1263 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KEY CITIZEN AWARD – Founder of Welcome Home Montrose Melaine Kline was hugged by Montrose City Councilor Kathy Ellis during a special presentation Tuesday evening. Kline was presented with a Key Citizen Award from the council for her work helping veterans returning to civilian life. "Her vision was to promote a, "no barriers," atmosphere in Montrose that would facility rehabilitation and purposeful transition into civilian life for our brave soldiers who sacrificed so much. Melanie pursued her vision with incredible tenacity and worked tirelessly to bring her dream a reality," said Frank Anderson, who serves with Kline. Kline was greeted by a standing ovation from the audience. (Photo by William Woody)

KEY CITIZEN AWARD – Founder of Welcome Home Montrose Melaine Kline was hugged by Montrose City Councilor Kathy Ellis during a special presentation Tuesday evening. Kline was presented with a Key Citizen Award from the council for her work helping veterans returning to civilian life. "Her vision was to promote a, "no barriers," atmosphere in Montrose that would facility rehabilitation and purposeful transition into civilian life for our brave soldiers who sacrificed so much. Melanie pursued her vision with incredible tenacity and worked tirelessly to bring her dream a reality," said Frank Anderson, who serves with Kline. Kline was greeted by a standing ovation from the audience. (Photo by William Woody)

slideshow

MONTROSE – Members of the Montrose City Council agreed Tuesday evening to hire Stephen P. Alcorn as the city's new attorney with his tenure set to begin on March 11.

Earning salary of $103,000, Alcorn, 46, takes over for Russ Duree following his 10 years of service at the City of Montrose. Alcorn, who was not present for the vote, was said to be watching the city's broadcast from his home in Edmond Okla., where he has been working as a judge in Oklahoma County since 2004.

The Daily Oklahoman reported Alcorn's last day there would be March 6.

Alcorn is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a tank commander in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve in 2004.

In 2000, Alcorn graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law and was employed as a assistant district attorney in Oklahoma County where he also prosecuted violent crime.

"Judge Alcorn prosecuted misdemeanors and violent felonies to include murder; however he concentrated on narcotics cases. Many of Judge Alcorn’s cases were methamphetamine labs and he became one of the few prosecutors in the country to be clandestine lab certified by the Drug Enforcement Agency," said Montrose Councilor Judy Ann Files reading from Alcorn's biography posted on the Oklahoma County website.

The same website reported that before his Army career, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Commercial Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester New York in 1989.

"Stephen and his wife Melissa are avid mountaineers, skiers, kayakers, backpackers, and rock and ice climbers," Files said, adding Alcorn is certified to teach climbing training and holds an avalanche certification.

Files said Alcorn was chosen from a pool of five candidates.



New Signage Ordinance Approved



At Tuesday’s meeting, the Montrose City Council approved Ordinance 2315 revising city sign codes to allow business owners the flexibility to increase signage at their establishments.

"It will allow much more flexibility in the sign code and will be more business friendly," said senior City Planner Gary Baker.

City Manager William Bell said the ordinance would allow the city to work better with business owners on a, "case-by-case basis," to meet demand.



To Promote Ag-Business, City Leases Salvation Army Building



In an effort to promote education and commerce in local agriculture the Montrose City Council approved to lease the former Salvation Army building, located at 514 S. First Street, to the Montrose Downtown Development Authority for five years at one dollar a month. It will allow the DDA to sub-lease the building to agriculture related tenets to build upon the success of the Uncompahgre Events Plaza, otherwise used as the Farmers Market plaza.

"We see an opportunity to take a dilapidated property that has seen some lack of deferred maintenance over the years and improve it with an initial investment and then also bring in businesses to stimulate activity and bring more people to the downtown area," DDA Director Scott Shine said. "We want those businesses to be especially focused on local agriculture and value-added agricultural products and we want to provide a facility that serve as a community food and market hub that helps the Farmers Market reach their full potential and is also a destination for downtown Montrose."

Shine said the DDA will shortly begin sending out letters of interest to tenants with goals of expanding their agriculture-related operation.

The building is 4,750 square feet and will be suddivided into areas including a 1,700 square-foot retail space and a 2,150 square-foot area which will be modified into a certified commercial kitchen where tenants can produce, “value-added ag," products for market.

In addition Shine said major improvements can be expected to the outside of the building, which adjoins the events plaza, such as patio seating, shade canopy and larger windows which look out over the plaza.

Shine said more information on the initiative will be released soon.

The DDA can be found at www.montrosedowntown.com.



wwoody@watchnewspapers.com

Twitter.com/williamwoodyCO

Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet