Grand Junction City Council members will consider a number of impactful items at their regular meeting tonight, including the possibility of adding a new member to their group.

The current council is set to deliberate about and make a possible appointment to replace Duncan McArthur, who resigned his seat representing District E last month.

The six candidates for the seat, who participated in a public Q-and-A session July 3, are: Kraig Andrews, Daniel Fouts, Michael Gibson, Abram Herman, Sarah McCarthy and Andy Sweet.

District E covers the city south of Riverside Parkway, and part of downtown between Seventh and 12th streets north to Orchard Avenue.

Meeting information provided by the city says the council will be exploring a "possible appointment" to the seat tonight, but this has been the targeted date for selection on the council's calendar.

Also on tonight's agenda is a nearly $1.3 million construction contract that will transform the riverfront area at Las Colonias Park with major channel and inlet improvements.

Included in the plan is the installation of a new 475-lineal-foot inlet channel and an approximately 850-lineal-foot extension of the existing channel. The city says the project will create a secondary channel with drops and pools, in-stream habitat structures and boulders, and other recreational and interpretative amenities.

"The goal is to restore what was previously a riparian area and to increase recreational use of the riverfront," the city said in materials prepared for council members.

The contract, expected to be approved tonight, is with K&D Construction of Grand Junction.

Continuing the riverfront theme, City Council is also expected to approve the creation of the Grand Junction Dos Rios General Improvement District — an entity governed by the city that can assess property taxes and issue bonds — throughout much of the Riverfront at Dos Rios economic development project, sited near the city's historic Riverside neighborhood.

The new taxing district will consist of property owners within the designated area who are the only ones who will vote to create it. Right now that voting number equals two — the city of Grand Junction and Jen Taylor, who recently bought a parcel with plans to open a multi-acre campus that includes a cantina, event space and lodging opportunities.

Finally, an item on the consent agenda, which mostly is passed without discussion, resets an application to annex the Maverick Estates flagpole parcel in the 2400 block of H Road.

The city said that an error in the original annexation plats forced them to reset the application, and a public hearing has been rescheduled to Aug. 21.

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