City is well versed in spending
On reading the Aspen Daily News on Nov. 14, I saw that the City Council has agreed to start the next 167 Burlingame units. Wasn’t it just a few days ago I was reading that the Aspen Community School’s policies will need to change because Aspen High School is above capacity and cannot continue to guarantee places to the students who are out-of-district graduating the Community School?
When I attended the Aspen School District’s pre-Burlingame meeting so many, many years ago now, I remember the district telling Mick Ireland (who was not yet the mayor) that the school district would suffer financially by losing out-of-district enrollment to be replaced with the small taxes coming from the proposed Burlingame project. Now it appears that there might be even more fallout as another 167 units will be placed within the district.
In the same edition of the Daily News, there were the same two Burlingame units being offered for sale as have been offered for many months; they are both one-bedroom units. This implies that people are waiting for multi-bedroom units, which in turn implies there will be Aspen School District children to accommodate.
The Aspen Times, on Nov. 14, reported that there is talk of lifting the dog ban at Burlingame. I remember the city applying to grant itself exemption from the planning and zoning process with the first phase of Burlingame. Planning and Zoning had designated Deer Hill as an environmentally sensitive area. In granting itself this exemption, it is my recollection that this is where the no-dog policy originated.
One can buy free-market housing 15 minutes away from Burlingame for the same price or less – why is the city so determined to keep people in city-controlled, price-capped housing? And why is the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority spending so much to build beautiful stone-faced bus stops when so many of our bus stops are located in places where it is life-threatening to cross Highway 82, and no effort is being made to make these stops safer? Lazy Glen, ABO/CMC and Holland Hills are just three of these stops where adults take their lives in their hands crossing the
highway, and there has been at least one child fatality.
Children walk from the Aspen Airport Business Center and airport bus stops to be able to cross more safely getting to the Colorado Mountain College, and this is how the recent attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl happened.
On the matter of spending money, it seemed the most compelling argument for the ill-conceived hydroplant on Castle Creek was that so much money had already been spent. But why had it been spent? This is what happened with Burlinggate; this seems to be becoming the modus operandi for approving projects.
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