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The city clerk’s office has approved a petition that could put a referendum on the November ballot asking voters to reject the renovation of the recycling center.The referendum would repeal the city’s ordinance to remodel the center. The petition was approved Thursday, City Clerk Kathryn Koch said.Referendum supporters are collecting signatures to amass the 561 required by Aug. 1. to put the referendum on the November ballot. The signatures must be from people registered to vote in the city of Aspen.The ordinance would expand the center’s capabilities near Rio Grande Park. The building would incorporate recycled material and fit into the surrounding landscape, according to plans.
The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission is accepting applications for three seats. The existing terms for the seats expire Aug. 31. Applications are available at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave. P&Z members whose terms are expiring must apply for reinstatement if they wish to continue service. Alternate P&Z members may use this opportunity to seek full-time membership, and interested citizens may apply, as well.Planning and Zoning commissioners serve four-year terms. Up to two members may reside outside the town limits. Currently, one commissioner lives out of town, so one additional out-of-towner may be appointed. Regular meetings of the commission take place at 7 p.m. Thursdays, usually twice a month. The P&Z provides guidance to the Board of Trustees regarding development applications, reviews subdivision applications and can initiate public hearings on amendments to Chapters 17 and 18 of the Town Code.Applications are due at Town Hall by 5 p.m. Aug. 11. The Board of Trustees, along with two P&Z members, will interview applicants at the Aug. 22 board meeting and make the appointments.
Three attorneys who practice primarily in Garfield County received nominations from a committee as potential replacements for a 9th Judicial District judge position that opened when T. Peter Craven died last month.The candidates, whose names were forwarded to Gov. Bill Owens are Mark Hamilton, Denise Lynch and Jamie Roth, all of Carbondale.Hamilton, 37, has been a partner at Caloia Houpt and Hamilton for six years, and he has practiced with the firm for eight years. He has practiced law for 12 years, all in Colorado. He serves as a contract attorney for the town of Carbondale.Lynch, 48, is an assistant county attorney with Garfield County government. She has held that post for 4 1/2 years and primarily handles dependency and neglect juvenile cases. She has practiced law since 1983 and moved from Denver to Aspen in 1995 to open a branch for a law firm.Roth, 34, has been a deputy public defender for the state of Colorado for nearly nine years and has worked for six years in Glenwood Springs. She has practiced law since 1997.The nominating committee interviewed 12 applicants for the position on Monday. The list was pared to the three nominees Tuesday and the names were submitted to Owens. The governor has 15 days to make an appointment.The 9th Judicial District comprises Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties.
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