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Rebuild the pools

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Dear Editor:I can not believe I missed the “24 minutes of Aspen” shortest City Council meeting! I was stuck in a traffic jam on Highway 82 at Buttermilk and Owl Creek Road, right where the Aspen City Council wants to build the entrance to the 330-unit “big Burlingame” housing project.Council said they studied the impacts of traffic from big Burlingame to Highway 82 and expected only 330 car trips daily. With my brain still numb from running the numbers on the new Aspen Recreation Center and the proposed visitor center on Galena and Main, I could not figure out how council came up with only 330 car trips per day. If 330 people leave their homes each day, don’t they have to go home also? To me, leaving home and going home adds up to 660 trips per day.While the City Council meeting may have been the shortest meeting yet, there was no shortage of taxpayer dollars approved ($500,000) to “fix” the latest problem in the new pool area, the paint job. In fact, within the last couple of months, the Council has approved almost as much money to fix the problems in the new pools than it cost to build the new pools ($1.2 million).Not that Aspen City Council would listen to me, but maybe it would be a smarter use of taxpayer dollars to rip out the new pools and its building, and, yes, redesign and build new pools that would actually generate more revenues. Toni KronbergSnowmass Village


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