A beer garden to raise funds for the city of Rifle's Ute Theater building remodeling project, a new irrigation water filtration system at Deerfield Park and other items highlighted the Sept. 19 Rifle City Council meeting.
The New Ute Theatre Society, or NUTS, was granted a liquor license to host a beer garden during the Fall Festival next month, after questions over security were resolved.
The Fall Festival on Oct. 20 in Centennial Park will feature live music, a street dance, performances by local dancers and other activities, said Shelly Aibner of NUTS.
Police Chief John Dyer said his department would have at least one officer present at all times during the festival.
The council agreed to cover the $200 in fees for the event, with the funds coming from the council and mayor's discretionary budget, said City Manager John Hier.
Parks Maintenance Director Tom Whitmore asked the council to spend $21,782 for the purchase and installation of raw water filtration equipment at the Deerfield Regional Park irrigation pump station.
Raw water sediments decrease the life of sprinkler heads and components at the park, Whitmore wrote in a memo to the council, and require a significant amount of time and money each year dealing with repairs.
Garfield Re-2 School District has contributed $22,500 toward raw water filtration and fertilizer injection in exchange for the use of the city pump station and raw water irrigation at Wamsley Elementary School, Whitmore noted.
The district also shares in the cost of repair and maintenance of the pump station, he added.
The money for the purchase came from the district's contribution, Whitmore said.
The council approved the request. The low bidder, Golf Enviro Systems/Freedom Pump, will install the system.