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Aspen briefs: Pedestrian mall electrical overhaul & Aspen Golf and Tennis club request

Pedestrian-mall electrical system in line for overhaul

The city of Aspen is looking into upgrading the electrical system for all pedestrian malls in the downtown core.

The $750,000 project — which includes improved underground utilities, lighting and paving — would be the first major overhaul of the Cooper Avenue, Hyman Avenue and Mill Street malls. With the emergence of outside patios from businesses like Escobar and Finbarr's Irish Pub, a lot of exposed wiring has been introduced, creating safety concerns. In addition to the improvements, Aspen is studying the feasibility of a mall Wi-Fi system.

City financiers presented the idea to the Aspen City Council at Tuesday's work session as part of October's ongoing budget review.

Golf course asks for $60K to maintain facility

Due to increases in course and facility upkeep costs, the Aspen Golf & Tennis Club is requesting $60,900 to maintain its operations.

The money would come from the Parks and Open Space Fund, with $20,000 of it reserved for labor costs associated with earlier openings, dependent on weather. If an early opening is not needed, that money will return to the fund. Another $24,000 in the request is needed for fees related to the electronic-tee-sheet system, utility costs at the clubhouse and supplies for the cart barn and pro shop. Another $14,000 of it is needed for maintenance of golf carts and the driving range, website operation, and cleaning supplies and services at the clubhouse.

The price of season passes, which make up roughly 25 percent of golf-course revenue, are scheduled to increase by 3 percent in 2014.