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Carbondale may beef up animal control, parking enforcement in ’08

John Stroud
Carbondale correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE ” Parking violators and the owners of stray dogs might want to show up at Tuesday’s Carbondale town budget hearing, for their days of skirting the law may be numbered.

A proposed $6.2 million town operating budget for 2008 includes $50,000 in the Police Department budget for a new, full-time animal control and parking enforcement officer.

This would be an increase over the current part-time animal control duties that fall under code enforcement officer Lark Anderson’s wide range of responsibilities.

It comes in answer to recent public concerns about several incidents in recent months involving vicious dogs that are allowed to run loose around town.

Likewise, the new position would address concerns that have been raised about the lack of enforcement of the 2-hour parking limit along Main Street and some side streets in the downtown core. Some downtown merchants have complained that day-long parking by employees of area businesses and by construction workers has limited the availability of customer parking.

A third duty tied into the new position would be to eradicate the growing number of abandoned vehicles on residential streets around town.

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The state-required public hearing on the annual budget will be held as part of the Tuesday, Dec. 4 Carbondale Town Council meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.

The animal control/parking officer is one of two new full-time positions proposed at this point in time to be funded in the 2008 budget. The other would be approximately $57,000 in the Public Works Department budget for another parks and cemetery employee, according to the draft budget proposal.

However, town trustees have asked that another $100,000 be added to the operations budget for additional staffing increases to be determined, Town Manager Tom Baker said.

“The police department has asked for additional officers [beyond the animal control/parking officer], and the Finance Department is looking to add another staff person,” Baker said. “We plan to meet as senior staff in January to figure out the best way to use those funds.”