Can’t fight City Hall while it’s recarpeted |

Can’t fight City Hall while it’s recarpeted

John Colson

If you have any business to conduct at Aspen’s City Hall, you’d better make sure you don’t schedule it for the last two Fridays in February or the first two Fridays in March.

That’s because large parts of City Hall, and thus the city government, will be shut down on those Fridays while crews replace the carpet.

According to the city’s newly hired “assets manager,” Ed Sandler, the job is being done over the weekends by Rocky Mountain Floor Systems to avoid unnecessary disruption.

“We’re trying to minimize the amount of down time and disturbance in City Hall,” Sandler said. He also said that it is not costing the city extra to have the job done on weekends.

The overall job is costing the city $40,000, and will include new carpet for most of the first floor and all of the second floor.

The project will involve moving office furniture into meeting rooms in the basement, which means no governmental meetings will be conducted in the basement rooms on those Fridays.

According to Sandler, the last time the floors in City Hall were recarpeted was seven years ago. He said the normal lifespan of carpeting in such circumstances is seven years, “so we’ve done pretty well.”

The new carpeting will feature blue and green flecks, to match a small amount of carpeting that already has been installed on the first floor, Sadler said.

He said there is to be no reshuffling of offices as far as he knows, and “everybody is going right back where they were” after the carpet crews are finished.

But while the carpeting is being laid, he admitted, “it will be somewhat of an inconvenience.” City Hall will be open on the affected Fridays, and an announcement of the offices that will be out of commission on a given Friday will be posted in the ground floor entrance.

Sadler was hired just over three weeks ago, and said that while this is not the first task he has undertaken at City Hall, “this is the first one that’s going to be completed.”

He said he also is working on such long-range projects as managing the Downtown Enhancement Pedestrian Plan, and an evaluation of whether or not the city needs to build a new animal shelter.

“I’ve got all sorts of projects going on,” he said.

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