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Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” The Basalt Town Council has awarded a Rifle construction company the job of installing several devices designed to slow traffic on East Valley Road.

Martinez Western Constructors submitted the low bid at $89,227. The job includes installing median islands, narrowing lanes and putting in pedestrian crossings in an effort to get traffic to slow down and increase the safety for walkers and cyclists. Residents of the neighborhood lobbied the council last fall to help them improve the safety of the area.

Eight firms bid on the job, including one each from Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Some council members said they prefer awarding jobs to local firms as long as bid amounts are reasonably close. That wasn’t the case in this job.

The bid by Martinez Western Constructors ranged from $32,000 to $104,000 lower than competitors from the Roaring Fork Valley.

BASALT ” employees of the Basalt government were honored for 20 years of service by the Town Council Jan. 13.

Larry Tripp was recognized for his two decades with the public works department. He is now assistant public works director. Town Manager Bill Efting said Tripp’s presence allows town employees to rest easy on nights when blizzards are expected. Tripp has plowed after every snowstorm in the past 20 years.

Glenn Hartmann was honored for his 20 years with the Basalt planning department. He was once the only employee of the department and is now the community development director.

EL JEBEL ” Eagle County government recently opened its new 10,000-square-foot road and bridge facility in El Jebel.

The $2.5 million structure is along J.W. Drive near the Basalt fire station. In addition to truck bays, the building includes office and conference rooms, a fuel farm, wash bays and 4 acres of parking.

The building exceeds Eagle County’s “eco-build” commercial standards by about 15 percent, according to county construction manager Rick Ullom. Energy-efficient components include high-efficiency boilers, a tankless water heater and radiant, in-floor heat throughout the building. Thermal and moisture protection for the walls, roof and exterior doors are at the highest levels reasonably achievable for this type of facility, Ullom said.

ASPEN ” Aspen residents who lived within the city limits for the entire year of 2008 are eligible for a $50 food tax refund.

The city started giving the refunds as an incentive to encourage voters to support a sales tax referendum. It was intended to reimburse voters for the approximate amount of sales tax that they would pay annually on grocery purchases due to the imposition of a 1 percent city sales tax.

Applications are available at the finance department window, on the first floor of City Hall at 130 S. Galena St., online at or by calling 920-5040. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.

If you were a registered voter prior to Jan. 1, 2008, and your address has not changed, no further supporting documentation is required. However, applicants are still required to complete the application and submit it to the finance department prior to the deadline.

If you have never received a refund or your address has changed, you must provide proof you lived within the Aspen city limits for all of 2008. Accepted documentation includes a signed lease, utility bills or canceled checks from January 2008 and December 2008, with your physical address.

ASPEN ” Kids First and the city of Aspen provide a financial aid program to help defray the expense of child care for working families. The deadline for applications to participate in the program is Feb. 1, with assistance to begin March 1. Anyone who currently receives financial aid does not need to reapply.

Applications are available at Pitkin County licensed child-care programs, Kids First, or at For more information or to apply, call Kids First at 920-5769, visit 215 N. Garmisch, Suite 1, in Aspen, or e-mail

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