Basalt prepares for Y2K with generator and a cord of wood |

Basalt prepares for Y2K with generator and a cord of wood

Aspen Times Staff Report

If the world goes to hell with the coming of the year 2000, the town of Basalt will be prepared. Well, at least as prepared as it can be for $4,837.50.

The town approved a budget for “emergency preparedness” Tuesday night, including the purchase of a generator and a cord of wood.

The bulk of the funds will be spent on a $3,200 generator and $800 worth of wiring to hook it up to the Basalt Elementary School in case an emergency shelter must be established.

The Basalt recreation department’s house near the high school was picked as an alternative emergency shelter because it has a wood-burning stove. Hence the $100 budget allocation for a cord of wood.

Another $50 was allocated for flashlights and batteries for the rec house and Town Hall.

The remainder of the budget was devoted to creation and distribution of a newsletter explaining potential effects of Y2K and encouraging individual preparedness.

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