County takes on Redstone restrooms |

County takes on Redstone restrooms

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Pitkin County Open Space and Trails will take over maintenance of the public restrooms in Redstone for seven months of the year, easing a financial burden for the volunteer Redstone Community Association.

The Open Space and Trails board of directors voted last week to take on the cost, at about $4,000 per year, for the next three years. The county program will pay for maintenance and cleaning of the facilities from April 15 to Nov. 15 – the busy season for the tiny community south of Carbondale on Highway 133. It will be up to the community association to keep one of the two side-by-side restrooms open during the winter months, when the town sees far fewer visitors.

Last year, the open space program provided $1,500 to help maintain the restrooms, after the association asked for financial help.

The county already funds supplies, utilities and repairs to the restrooms, at a cost of about $1,200 last year. The additional $4,000 will keep them cleaned daily and also cover trash service at the restrooms and adjacent Redstone Park, an Open Space and Trails property.

The restrooms border the park, located along Redstone Boulevard, in the heart of the town.

Redstone has been struggling economically and the community association, funded with donations and through special events, can’t cover the cleaning costs associated with the restrooms, the group’s representatives told the open space board.

The $4,000 represents a “monumental expense” to the organization, said Bruce Gledhill, the association’s secretary.

The restrooms serve visitors stopping in Redstone, but the number of open space properties surrounding the town has multiplied, noted Gary Tennenbaum, land steward for the open space program. For that reason, he recommended the county take on the cost of maintaining the restrooms during the spring, fall and summer.

“We need to provide bathrooms for our facilities and not worry about visitors using them when they come to town,” he said.

“It seems like a great time for a transition to happen in how the bathrooms are managed,” Gledhill agreed.

While the county program will take over the restrooms, board members urged an arrangement that forwards the funding to the association, which can in turn employ someone to keep the facilities clean, as it has in the past.

It makes sense for someone in Redstone to handle the responsibility, said board member Tim McFlynn.

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