Basalt makes progress on rec department, hiring town manager
The Basalt Recreation Department has found a temporary home.
The Town Council gave its blessing Tuesday night to rent office and storage space at 155 South Side Drive for the Recreation Department, which coordinates programs that serve hundreds of children. The approval allows the town to lease a 1,100-square-foot space for one year for $2,700 per month, according to Davis Farrar, interim town manager.
Recreation Director Dorothy Howard said Wednesday she had a lead on another possible space to lease, so the situation was unclear. She said it should be settled by the end of the week.
At any rate, the department won’t be homeless when it must vacate its longtime home in a structure in the Basalt High School parking lot. The Roaring Fork School District is undertaking numerous projects at Basalt schools as the result of voters approving a bond question in November. The structure that houses the Recreation Department will be torn down in early June.
Town officials are negotiating with Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork about a possible permanent home in a housing development proposed on the hillside behind Basalt High School.
In other town action, a headhunter is winnowing down the 58 applications received for the town manager opening. A list of recommended candidates will be provided to the town by Friday. The Town Council will meet with recruiter Phil McKenney to confirm the candidates to interview.
Separate committees of the council, town government staff and residents will hold interviews April 21. The plan is to reduce a field of six to eight candidates to the top two of three finalists, according to Farrar.
The names of the finalists will be made public. A mixer will be held April 27 so community members can meet the candidates. The council will hold additional interviews April 28 and select the manager.
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