Pitkin County sets out slate of projects for 2005
The long list of projects Pitkin County hopes to embark upon in 2005 would cost more than $40 million, according to a report presented at a county commissioner work session on Tuesday.Projects run the gamut from the completion of the multimillion-dollar taxiway relocation at the Aspen airport to a new Chevy Tahoe for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.This year’s projects include the stabilization of the historic Thomasville Lime Kilns to prevent them from crumbling away and to place a historic marker at the site. The project, which is scheduled for construction this spring and summer, costs $151,000.The Pitkin County Library’s ceiling will be repaired for $4,300, after the lower roof on the north side of the building was damaged by falling ice. The front doors of the Pitkin County Courthouse will be replaced for $20,000 due to their poor condition and the second phase of a fire system upgrade in the courthouse will add smoke detectors and sprinklers in the building for $51,000.Besides the continuation of taxiway work at the Aspen airport, the county will also spend $300,000 on landscaping this fall around the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting building. A new men’s bathroom will be constructed near the airport’s restaurant for $100,000 this summer.Road projects in 2005 include an enormous $1.7 million project to reconstruct Red Mountain Road, or at least get the process started. Mountain Valley, Castle Creek and Snowmass Creek roads are slated for chip seal work.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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