City considers pedestrian improvements |

City considers pedestrian improvements

John Colson

At its first meeting since before the 1999 Christmas holidays, the Aspen City Council on Tuesday afternoon will be looking at ways to spend more than $300,000 earmarked for pedestrian improvements.

City voters last November gave their permission for the city to keep more than $158,000 in excess property-tax revenues. The election was held under the provisions of Amendment 1 to the state constitution, passed in 1992, which tightly restricts the government’s ability to raise taxes.

In addition to the property-tax funds, the city already had on hand more than $150,000 in funds earmarked for pedestrian projects, such as sidewalks, crosswalks and other amenities.

The city already has gathered a wealth of ideas for using the money in a series of neighborhood meetings conducted by city staffers last year.

The Tuesday meeting, said City Manager Steve Barwick, is meant to give the City Council a chance to look over the ideas and talk about them with city staffers. It is not a formal public hearing, although the meeting is open to the public.

Also on the agenda for the work session is a discussion of the ongoing revisions to the Aspen Area Community Plan. Citizen advisers and city staffers have been working for more than a year and a half on an update of the original 1993 plan.

According to city Planning Director Julie Ann Woods, council members will be reviewing a number of spending priorities listed by various city departments charged with implementing the provisions of the revised plan.

City officials are hoping the revised AACP, which is already months overdue for adoption, will be finished and adopted in the next few months.

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