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Aspen council considers funding requests

ASPEN – The Aspen City Council on Monday is expected to take up the issue of supplemental appropriations to the city’s 2012 budget approved in December.

New funding requests from various departments to council members total $1.82 million. The proposals include, but are not limited to, the following:

• The City Attorney’s Office requested $133,910 for a payout to former City Attorney John Worcester, who retired Feb. 21. The payout conforms with city policy, according to a memorandum from the city’s Finance Department.



• The Building Department requested $55,200, most of which would be used to pay for a review of plans for the Aspen Valley Hospital project and another project at 625 E. Main St., site of the former Stage 3 theater.

• The Parks and Open Space Fund requested $364,700, of which $225,000 is being sought for a pumphouse to irrigate Rio Grande Park with nonpotable water.



• The Transportation Fund requested $235,000 for the purchase of a kiosk and related equipment for a new bike-sharing program in Aspen.

• The Housing Development Fund requested $241,000 for corrections to mechanical systems at the Burlingame I housing development along with other work and planning at the site.

• The Water Utility Fund requested $278,000 for a project at the Aspen Business Center to construct a pipeline and pressure-reducing valve station as well as to provide a second source of water in the area.

• The Golf Course Fund requested $339,800 for the acquisition of equipment and carts.

The ordinance on the proposed budget increase is introductory. A second reading, public hearing and possible vote are set for the council’s April 23 meeting.

The council meeting begins at 5 p.m. at Aspen City Hall.


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