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The city of Aspen will be distributing its annual survey by mail starting this week, and officials are hoping for widespread participation.    

Your household may be one of 1,200 homes, chosen at random, to receive the survey.

Results from the survey should be available in early 2010.

New guidelines for affordable housing homeowners have gone into effect after legislation was passed earlier this summer by city and county officials.

The guidelines require that dues to homeowners’ associations be paid on time and in full. The new guidelines also expand the area where owners and renters of deed-restricted property cannot own other residential property.

“In order to continue to live in affordable housing, owners must make timely payments of all homeowners’ association dues,” said Cindy Christensen, operations manager for the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA). “As staff, we have worked out an administrative framework to deal with these types of violations, and now we are prepared to enforce a new administrative process for homeowners in arrears of their dues.”

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The area where owners and renters of deed-restricted property cannot own other residential property is now called the “Ownership Exclusion Zone.” It refers to any developed residential property that has an address within the Roaring Fork River drainage situated in Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield or Gunnison counties, or within the Colorado River drainage from and including the unincorporated No Name area to Rifle, and including, but not limited to, the towns of Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, El Jebel, Glenwood Springs, Marble, Meredith, New Castle, No Name, Redstone, Rifle, Snowmass, Snowmass Village and Woody Creek.

For more information call Christensen at 920-5455.

The Aspen Recreation Center will be closed until Sept. 27 so the facility can be cleaned and maintained.

New turnstiles will be installed during the closure as well, making it possible for visitors to check themselves in and reduce the amount of staffing needed for the front desk.

Don’t RESIST celebrating the irreverent life of Michael Cooper from 4-8 p.m. at Bumps on Saturday, Oct. 3. If you plan to attend, RSVPs are appreciated by Sunday, Sept. 27, to bland@sopris.net or tishleslie@cooperday.com (e-mails preferred) or leave a message at 923-6947.