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Mayor: ‘Local leadership is alive and well here in Aspen’

Last week's election that gave Republicans control of the legislative and executive branches — and possibly the judicial branch in the future — had Aspen's liberal mayor, Steve Skadron, waxing philosophical at Monday's City Council meeting.

"It's evident we're living in a divided country," he said, offering that "it's important for citizens and guests to know that (Aspen has) the same values as we've always had. These include inclusivity, nondiscrimination, and prioritizing things like clean water, health and human services and other things."

He added: "Local leadership is alive and well here in Aspen. Anyone and everyone is always welcome in Aspen, Colorado."

In other developments Monday:

• Aspen residents will be able to enjoy fireworks on New Year's Eve, and they'll be paying for them, too. The council voted 5-0 to spend $28,000 on the two fireworks shows that will be produced by Western Enterprises, an Oklahoma-based pyrotechnic company.

Western Enterprises has managed the New Year's Eve shows in Aspen since 2013, including providing the fireworks as well as setting up and breaking down the staging area on Aspen Mountain. The company also has worked with Aspen Skiing Co. and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association on their fireworks displays.

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The first production will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 and is set to last 20 minutes. The midnight show is scheduled for five minutes.

• The countdown is on to the World Cup Finals on Aspen Mountain from March 15 to 19, and Main Street will be a good reminder of the mega-event starting Feb. 27.

The council unanimously approved a request from the city's Special Events and Marketing arm to use half of the overhead banner on Main Street to tout the event starting in late February. Banners also will be on Main Street's light poles from Feb. 27 through March 20. The approval also included construction bans on Garmisch, Monarch, Mill and Galena streets and Durant Avenue to the south from March 15 to 19. Construction bans also will be in place on Juan, Gilbert and Summit streets during that time. Also, construction bans will take place on Aspen Street from Durant Avenue to the south from March 13 to 19.

rcarroll@aspentimes.com