Aspen manager, attorney up for raises

Staff report

Raises for the Aspen government’s city manager and top attorney are up for approval at the City Council’s first regular meeting of the year on Monday, Jan. 9.

City Manager Steve Barwick is looking at a 6.5 percent increase from his current annual pay of $173,763 to $185,058, according to a memo from Human Resources Director Alissa Farrell to City Council.

Barwick’s last raise, by 2 percent, came in 2011 as part of a citywide cost-of-living increase, according to the memo. Barwick, who has held the city manager post for 16 years, did not receive a merit increase in 2012.

“Therefore, the City Manager presumably missed four years of an average of 3.5 percent merit increases which equates to 14 percent,” Farrell’s memo reads.

Jim True, who has been the city attorney since 2012, received 4 percent merit increases in 2013 and 2015.

True’s salary could potentially be increased by 4 percent, from $159,536 to $165,917.

Both raises would put Barwick and True’s salaries “on par with the compensation methodology used for city-wide employees,” reads the memo.

The proposed raises are part of tonight’s eight-item consent agenda.

Also on tap:

— City Council will be asked to approve the expenditure of nearly $300,000 to buy a new fleet of 60 electric carts for Aspen Golf Club. The $296,760 cost to purchase the carts from C&M Golf Grounds Equipment would be partially offset, to the tune of $108,000, by the city’s trade-in of its existing cart fleet.

The carts would come equipped with Global Positioning Devices to arm golfers with electric layouts of the municipal course, exact yardage and the ability to order food from the clubhouse menu, among other perks.

“The new fleet of golf carts with GPS is necessary to deliver the experience, quality, and reliability required for pass holders and guests to the # 1 Ranked Municiple Golf Course in the State of Colorado,” reads a memo from golf director Steve Aitken to City Council.

— Redevelopment of the buildings on 422 and 434 E. Cooper Ave. will come before the council, which could allow a decision by the Historic Preservation Commission to stand.

The HPC on Nov. 30 approved developer and owner Mark Hunt’s major development,

final commercial design review and growth management concerning the two structures. The Red Onion and Tesla showroom are located at 422 E. Cooper; 434 E. Cooper is know as the Bidwell building and is home to Ryno’s Pub & Pizzeria and Kemo Sabe, among other businesses.

The council could decide to call up Hunt’s projects, furthering them to more scrutiny and review.

Tonight’s meeting starts a 5 p.m. in the basement of City Hall, 130 S. Galena St.


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