News in Brief
September 9, 2006
In this swank resort, town efforts are focused on dimming noise from the highway that runs right through the middle of it.Experts hired by the city are going through the million-dollar homes looking for sound leaksThe noise can measure 70 decibels with the windows open in homes near Interstate 70. In comparison, an amplified rock band measures 115 decibels, a normal conversation at 6 feet measures 60 decibels and human breathing measures about 10 decibels, the Vail Daily reports.Vail councilman Greg Moffet, an outspoken advocate of noise reduction, said noise audits aren’t enough: the noise from the highway needs to be reduced. He said covering it, or sinking it, or even tunneling through Vail Mountain, might work.
High turnover in Glenwood Springs is impacting everything from operating the Community Center to maintaining parks to running the city’s electric system.The city has lost 50 full-time employees in 2005/2006, or about a third of its work force. Twenty-two already have quit this year, mostly for salary reasons despite the city’s adoption of higher pay rates last year, said Sebrina Hoffmeister, the city’s human resources director.When part-time and seasonal positions are included in the count, the city has lost more than 200 people in the last 12 months, city manager Jeff Hecksel said.The city attorney position has been vacant since April, despite paying more than $100,000 per year, and a building inspector post has been open since March.Seasonal park openings have been hard to fill even though hourly pay being raised to $12.44 per hour. The city also has faced a challenge filling part-time positions at the Community Center, and city manager Jeff Hecksel said the city has experienced almost 100 percent turnover in coordinators at the center.