Montrose Fresh
Montrose Fresh
Feb 8, 2021
Rotary Amphitheater project approved during City Council meeting
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Good morning and welcome to Montrose Fresh, from The Montrose Daily Press. It’s Monday February 8th and we’re here to bring you a closer look at our top stories, events and more that matter to us here in Western Colorado. 

Today -  The Rotary Amphitheater project was approved during the latest City Council meeting.

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Before we begin, we’d like to highlight Jaycie Casebolt, from the MHS girls basketball team.

Offensive rebounding is often a silent skill that can be overlooked. But when a player finds continued success with it, it’s noticeable.

Jaycie Casebolt, after grabbing four rebounds and scoring nine points in the season opener against Delta, has found similar success. In Thursday’s loss to Coal Ridge she scored 12 points — a team-high. Casebolt is one of four seniors on the 2021 team.

Coach Steve Skiff says that Jaycie has an outstanding knowledge about finding the ball. 

Casebolt helped the Indians take a 20-17 lead into the half on Thursday. She added two steals and an assist in the Delta loss, and was a near perfect 4 for 5 from the field.

The Rotary Amphitheater project was approved during the last City Council meeting.

The city awarded $3.2 million of budgeted funds for construction of an amphitheater at Cerise Park.

This project included the award of a contract with Stryker and Company, who will serve as the Construction Manager and the General Contractor. It will feature a stage, a recessed viewing area, a sound booth, restrooms, additional parking, a back access road to the stage area and designated spaces for vendors and merchandise.

According to the community impact report, uses for the amphitheater could include music, theater, festivals, non-profit events and other events like movies or workout classes.

The stage would be about the same size as the stage in the Montrose Pavilion. With a stage that big, there is potential to host bigger acts and shows, regional orchestras and symphonies. 

Public Works Manager Jim Scheid said that the priority and challenge of the construction project was to create as little environmental impact as possible.

Public comments advocated for further review of the environmental measures set in place for the project. There were concerns about negative environmental impacts on the ecological system in Cerise Park.

Plans for breaking ground for the amphitheater are set to start by March 1st, and the amphitheater is scheduled for total completion by November 1st.

And before we go,  The Montrose County School District announced last week that after a routine inspection, possible asbestos debris was found in the middle school ceiling at Olathe Middle and High School. 

The district shared the discovery of asbestos during the BEST grant application process.

The BEST grant would allow the district to use funds to further improve its security systems district-wide, something the community expressed as a goal several years ago.

MCSD Superintendent Carrie Stephenson said that anytime we have the opportunity to access additional funds to improve our safety and security measures, we will continue to do so.

MCSD and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are collaborating to identify mitigation strategies based on state regulations as they determine next steps.

Stephenson said the timeline is not known currently as they continue the investigation, which includes having the qualified people come inspect the campuses. That process has already begun.

She added that the district’s COVID-19 conditions are getting to a place where they can consider welcoming all students back in-person. It’s another reason why the district is taking immediate action to address the asbestos situation to avoid delaying that return.

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