County open house attracts contractors |

County open house attracts contractors

Allyn Harvey
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Looking forward to the stabilization of the Lime Kilns near Redstone?

Can’t wait for the new stairway to be installed up the bank from the highway to Aspen Village?

Relieved that the Plaza One building that’s home to the county clerk’s office along with a host of other county and housing department offices is finally going to be rewired?

Well so is the Pitkin County Public Works Department. And to get things moving along, the department held an open house yesterday so contractors could gather information on a number of the capital projects slated to begin this year.

Contractors from around the valley streamed into the county Health and Human Services Building yesterday morning to pick up information, including the request for proposals that outlines each job in detail, on one or more of 40 projects that are ready to go to bid.

The projects on display yesterday are part of the county’s $13 million capital improvement program for 2002. They include: paving the final segment of Owl Creek Road; disposing of hazardous waste that comes through the county landfill; removing old cars from Woody Creek and installing a new culvert; painting the walls and trim at the historic county courthouse; restriping county roads; managing the weed eradication program; and mowing the county’s lawns.

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This is the second year the county has used an open house to match area contractors with the work that needs to be done, according to Jodi Smith, the Public Works Department project manager.

“This is a one-shot deal – everyone comes here and walks away with the information they need,” she said.

Fliers announcing the open house were sent to more than 160 contractors in almost every specialty. About 40 showed up in spite of the heavy snows that made the drive upvalley more difficult than usual.

Smith and Bert Pearce, the county road and bridge manager, agreed that the paving of Owl Creek would likely be the most disruptive of this summer’s projects.

They had a little more trouble agreeing on which project will go the furthest to make people’s lives better. Smith reckoned it was the stairs at Aspen Village, but Pearce thought the newly paved Owl Creek Road would be the most appreciated.

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