Pinon Grill operations on City Council agenda

Grand Junction City Council members will have a full plate of items to consider Wednesday night. Possibly the most controversial decision involves a recommendation by city staff to issue a contract to city-owned Two Rivers Convention Center to take over food and beverage operations at Pinon Grill Restaurant at the city-owned Tiara Rado Golf Course. A private company run by Steve Hoefer now has the contract for food and beverages there and for a small concession stand at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

The contract is up for renewal next month.

According to the city, a selection committee of city staff from various departments,  Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member and one private business owner evaluated bids from Pinon Grill, Venema and Two Rivers Convention Center.

Testing by the committee included evaluations of written proposals, oral interviews and food tasting. Out of a total of 520 points, the committee determined Two Rivers earned 473 points, Venema garnered 408 points and Pinon Grill earned 357 points.

“The committee was impressed by Two Rivers Convention Center’s emphasis on customer service, food quality and variety, catering abilities and experience, and proven success,” according to the staff report. The report also states that Two Rivers offered to provide an expansion of food and beverage services at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

A chosen contractor for the food and beverage services will pay the city $800 a month in rent and fork over 5 percent of gross sales. The contract is good for two years with an option to renew it for three more years after a review and with a recommendation of the Parks and Recreation director.

In other business:

Council members also will be asked to approve the purchase of 90 new golf carts for both Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park golf courses. City staff is recommending the contract of $198,000 to E-Z-GO, a division of Textron in Atlanta.

Council members will be asked to waive transportation fees of $106,140 for a new 60-unit apartment complex near Mesa State College. The University Village project is at 17th Street and Bookcliff Avenue.

The city’s Economic and Community Development Committee is recommending the city cover the fees because the complex will create local jobs and the unit will benefit the community.

Council members will vote whether to ratify a contract with Stanek Constructors for $249,000 to provide an ultraviolet disinfection treatment for Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant.

If approved, the new treatment will replace the use of chlorine being used in the final treatment of wastewater.


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