Basalt council takes numerous actions at Tuesday meeting
The Aspen Times
The Basalt Town Council took the following actions at its meeting Tuesday.
• The board voted 6-0 for a resolution expressing support for an effort to get Scenic Byway designation for Frying Pan Road. Robin Waters, executive director of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, is heading the effort.
• The board voted 6-0 to consider making a contribution next year to the newly formed Basalt Early Care and Education Coalition and make a pledge for funding in future years. The consideration will come during the budget process in the next two months.
• The board voted 6-0 to appoint the proposed members to the Downtown Area Advisory Committee. The members are Ted Guy, Greg Shugars, Cathy Click, Steve Chase, Chris Lane, Charlie Cole, Chris Touchette, Tracy Bennett, Gerry Terwilliger and Julie Kolar. The committee will be asked to make recommendations on downtown development and open space issues by the end of the year.
• The board voted 6-0 to approve the issuance of $1.93 million in general obligation bonds. Voters approved issuance of $5 million in bonds earlier this year for the Fix the Fork project, which is easing flooding threats of the Roaring Fork River and raising a portion of the former Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park site for possible development. The town didn’t issue nearly two-fifths of the bonds for the project. The remaining bonds will now be issued and the revenues potentially spent on other projects tied to the property. Those projects are yet to be determined. One possibility is buying additional land at the Pan and Fork site from the nonprofit Roaring Fork Community Development Corp.
• The board voted 6-0 to convey a town-owned vacant lot on Homestead Avenue to Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley for construction of a home for a low-income family. Habitat will have until June 2017 to obtain a building permit and start construction, or the property reverts back to the town government. The lot will be conveyed for $10. The value was appraised at $150,000. The town is essentially donating the land as its contribution for affordable housing.
• The board voted 6-0 to approve a minor amendment to the land-use approvals of The Wilds condominium project to allow construction of a final duplex at the property.
The Aspen City Council directed staff to move forward with the Burlingame early childhood education center, but decided it needs more information on the affordable housing units that are part of the schematic design at a work session Monday.