Basalt moratorium extended, cupcake devoured
Aspen CO, Colorado
BASALT ” The extension of a moratorium on development applications in Basalt was a piece of cake Tuesday night, or perhaps a piece of cupcake.
The council voted 7-0 to extend the moratorium to June 10 so it can finish work on a growth management plan and affordable housing regulations. The moratorium was approved by emergency ordinance last June, initially for nine months, or until March. Town planner Susan Philp requested the extension because the new rules won’t be completed in March.
The moratorium extension, which blocks applications and reviews of most major developments, was approved without debate by the council and no comments from the public. A second reading and public hearing will be held Feb. 10.
The hearing was outshined, in a dramatic sense, minutes later when the council took a break in its proceedings. Town staff had three cupcakes on hand to pass out among the seven council members. Council member Chris Seldin snared a cupcake but then made the tactical error of leaving it behind as he temporarily exited the room.
Councilman Pete McBride entered the chambers, spied the cupcakes and was disheartened to learn they were gone. Realizing that Seldin also was gone, McBride swiped the cupcake, and the board resumed its official duties. Seldin returned to the room, found his cupcake missing and soon identified McBride as the culprit as he fought back laughs while trying to eat. McBride kept his colleague at bay long enough to ingest about half of the cupcake before his Seldin got his just desserts.
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