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Trustees and BOCC to discuss broken heaters, highway plans

CARBONDALE, Colorado - The town's trustees and the Garfield County commissioners meet tonight at Town Hall, with plans to discuss repairs to the Third Street Center's heating system and a plan to slash the number of business driveways along Highway 133.

The two boards, which meet regularly to address issues and problems, each have been asked to provide funds to the Third Street Center to help pay for $75,000 in repairs to the facility's rooftop heating units.

According to a memo from the TSC, a recent maintenance check-up showed that all six heating units have cracks in their heat exchangers, which could result in leaking exhaust gases into the building.

As a precaution, according to the TSC memo, all the heating units have been shut off, leaving the tenants without heat until repairs can be made.

The TSC, located at the corner of Third Street and Capital Avenue, is a nonprofit center with 27 tenants. It formerly was Carbondale Elementary School. The TSC opened its doors in May 2010.

The heating units are believed to date back to the late 1980s, and it is not known whether the cracks began developing years ago or are of recent formation.

In any event, according to the memo, the circumstances have put "a significant financial strain on the Third Street Center finances."

The center currently has about $28,000 in its capital reserve fund and, according to the memo, plans to spend $10,000 of that for the repairs.

The other $65,000 is being sought from the Carbondale trustees and the Board of County Commissioners, at a price tag of $32,500 apiece.

In addition to the TSC's heating woes, the trustees and the commissioners will discuss a proposed Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to move ahead with the long-contemplated Access Control Plan for Highway 133.

In a memo to the two boards, Carbondale Public Works Director Larry Ballenger described the access plan as reducing individual driveways for businesses along the highway, from 79 today to 46 once the plan is fully implemented.

The plan also refers to the location of roundabouts on the highway, the creation of cross-town connections between the highway and Eighth Street, and other improvements intended to smooth the flow of vehicular traffic and improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.

The IGA, however, does not impose financial obligations or responsibilities on the town, the county or the state.

Any fiscal agreements related to the access plan, or to another highway improvements project moving along on a parallel track, will be contained in other documents.

The parallel project, projected to cost $4.5 million, is aimed at widening the highway to three lanes with a central turning lane and building roundabouts in at least two locations, in the stretch from the Roaring Fork River to the intersection with Main Street.

The council meeting begins at 6 p.m., at 511 Colorado Ave., and the public is encouraged to attend.

jcolson@postindependent.com


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