Glenwood, Garfield County to discuss South Bridge
October 9, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – City Council received an earful from south Glenwood residents who are upset with the re-inclusion of South Bridge Option 5 in the environmental assessment.
Moreover, the residents seemed even more upset with the fact that they were unaware of the previous meeting regarding the issue between City Council members and the Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 16. Those residents wanted to have their voices heard on Thursday.
“This is an attack on a neighborhood, and that is how I have to term it because it keeps coming back like an attack,” said Chris Steuben, whose property would be impacted by option 5.
Steuben, and another south Glenwood resident, Tim Burns, told council that he was unaware of the previous meeting, and was not notified of it, and that is why they did not attend.
“The last meeting, we did not get any notice, and we did not make it, of course,” Steuben told the council.
Glenwood Mayor Bruce Christensen said the meeting had been properly noticed.
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At the Sept. 16 meeting, county commissioners and council members agreed to include Option 5 as part of the environmental assessment, which will determine the environmental impacts of each of the recommended alternatives. Option 5 was eliminated as a recommended alternative earlier in the year when it was determined that it did not meet the project’s purpose or need, which is primarily to provide residents of south Glenwood with an emergency and alternate access route.
Burns requested that council add an agenda item to its Oct. 15 meeting to allow residents an opportunity to voice their concerns. Christensen politely interrupted Burns and informed the audience that a joint meeting was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 5, and that public input would be taken.
“There have been many meetings already about this, and there will be one more,” Christensen said.
Former councilman Dave Johnson appeared this time as one of the residents, to voice his concern. Johnson, too, said that he was unaware of the previous meeting.
“Only a very few found out about that meeting and were able to attend,” Johnson said.
Johnson told council members that the residents were not there to “tar and feather” the council, but rather to ensure that their voices be heard.
“We are here to express to council that we look forward to attending any future meetings on this matter, and hope council will openly attend,” Johnson said.
The next joint meeting between the county commissioners and Glenwood City Council is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Nov. 5. The meeting will be held at the Garfield County Administration Building at 109 Ninth St.