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Basalt library plan earns approvalBASALT The Basalt library districts quest to build a new midvalley facility cleared a final hurdle Tuesday night.The Basalt Town Council approved the library districts application for a new facility with a 5-0 vote. It was the first of three approvals needed from the council, but it was the most important part of the review.Councilman Glenn Rappaport said he welcomed the project with incredible enthusiasm. He has been a longtime supporter of keeping the library as close to downtown Basalt as possible.The library district has an agreement with the town to purchase a site between the Basalt Post Office and skateboard park, where the district will build a 21,000-square-foot facility.Voters approved funding for the project in November 2006. Construction is pegged to begin in August and is expected to take 13 to 14 months. The new library would open in fall 2009.The library currently is located in a building adjacent to Basalt Town Hall. District officials say the needs of the booming area have outgrown that facility.A proposal earlier this decade to move the library from Basalt to El Jebel failed at an election. District officials have been working for at least five years on the relocation.

Questions due for Basalt candidate forumBASALT The Basalt Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a forum for the Town Council candidates on Wednesday, March 19.Business owners and residents are encouraged to submit questions to be asked at the forum. They must be submitted to the chamber via e-mail by today, Thursday, March 13, for screening and advance preparation. Questions can be e-mailed to director@basaltchamber.com.The forum will be held from 6-9 p.m., March 19, at the Basalt Middle School. The debate will be broadcast daily on Access Roaring Fork (cable channel 17 in the midvalley) from March 20 up to the election on April 1.The race for three council seats features six candidates: Garret Brandt, Brian Dillard, Pete McBride, Katie Schwoerer, Rick Stevens and Jacque Whitsitt.Incumbent Mayor Leroy Duroux is running unopposed.

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