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Booster Club looking for a signThe Basalt Booster Club is exploring the idea of putting up an electronic message board alongside Highway 82 at the main intersection in town.The boosters want the sign to keep parents and other residents informed about sports events and other school activities, according to Kelly Johnson, a representative of the club. She presented the idea to the Basalt Town Council last week to see if it was worth pursuing further. Council members encouraged more information, and town officials said the government might want to be a partner in the project to use the sign to promote its own events.The boosters are considering a site on the south side of Highway 82 at its intersection with Basalt Avenue. Various sizes are being studied. A portable model might be used at the site for a trial run.The council directed the town staff to come back at a future meeting with an analysis of how the town sign code applies, and thoughts on the best location.Midvalley project is a ‘go’The Basalt Town Council approved an $832,000 contract last week to build a bridge and construct a short trail section that will link the Emma Trail and the Willits Lane Trail.The project will create a better connection between east and west Basalt. The Emma Trail parallels Highway 82 from the Basalt Post Office to a point just downvalley from the old Emma Store. Bicycle riders and walkers must either cross the busy highway at that point or use an underpass that many people find creepy and road bikers find treacherous because of pea gravel and debris.The municipal project will extend the Emma Trail further downvalley so it crosses Sopris Creek, then crosses the Roaring Fork River upstream from the lower Bypass Bridge on Highway 82. The new trail will then connect to an existing trail at the Colorado Department of Transportation parking lot alongside Two Rivers Road. That trail goes below the Bypass Bridge and connects to Willits Lane.Basalt spent $100,000 to purchase four sections of the old Maroon Creek pedestrian bridge in Aspen to recycle for its project.John Burk Construction Inc. was awarded the contract to erect the bridge. Work will start before spring runoff hits this spring, according to Basalt Town Manager Bill Efting. The project is scheduled to be completed in July, he said.CDOT awarded the town a $211,000 grant for the project. The town must pay for the remaining $621,000. Voters passed a 1 percent sales tax increase in November for trails and parks projects.Basalt honors school studentsThe Basalt Town Council presented awards to six student citizens of the month last week as part of its program to honor hard work and good behavior in the schools. Miguel Serafin and Victoria Nunez were honored for their exemplary behavior at Basalt Elementary School.Adam Dedecker and Maria Garcilazo were chosen as top students from Basalt Middle School.David Musser and Alyssa Leslie received recognition for their achievements at Basalt High School.The Town Council honors students each month as a way to interact with a broader cross section of the town.Basalt officials host open houseThe town of Basalt is encouraging residents in and around town to attend an open house Thursday, Feb. 22, to learn about the local government’s activities.The open house will be held at Town Hall, 101 Midland Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m. Staff from the police department, public works, planning, engineering, building, finance and administration will be available to answer questions and provide updates on 2007 projects.Refreshments will be served and a door prize will be awarded.


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