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Key players in the development of Glenwood Meadows, three banks and a municipal bond underwriter are among contributors to the campaign to get a street tax passed in Glenwood Springs.So are past, present and future City Council members.As of Oct. 10, Community on the Move had raised nearly $14,000 in its campaign to get a half-cent street maintenance and improvements tax passed this fall. So far it has spent $7,279, leaving $6,700 on hand, according to a report filed with the city.Five thousand dollars came from sources related to Glenwood Meadows. Miller Weingarten Realty LLC, which is located in Englewood and is managing the 403,000-square-foot commercial development, donated $2,000. Three companies related to Glenwood Meadows developer Robert Macgregor donated $1,000 each. They include Glenwood Land Co. LLC; Glenwood Meadows LLC; and Dunrene Management Inc., all based at the same address in Aspen.One city goal if this falls tax is passed is to pursue construction of a direct connection between Eighth Street and Midland Avenue, which would improve travel between downtown and the recently opened Glenwood Meadows. The developers have contributed $2.4 million toward installing a traffic light and making other improvements at the Eighth Street/Midland intersection.Another major contributor to the campaign is the Glenwood office of the Stifel Nicolaus & Co. brokerage and investment banking firm. The company donated $2,000 in cash and $429 toward a Community on the Move breakfast meeting.A division of the company, Hanifen Imhoff, is the top municipal bond underwriter in Colorado and has previously handled bond issues in Glenwood Springs. City voters last year approved bonding authority for projects that include the Eighth Street connection, even as they rejected a half-cent transportation tax. That bonding authority remains in effect and the city could issue bonds on the Eighth Street project if the tax measure passes this fall.City finance director Mike Harman said Monday the city has had no discussions with possible underwriters about future street-bonding projects.Its kind of a moot point until we have a funding source, he said.Alpine Bank contributed $2,500 to the campaign, and WestStar and Wells Fargo each gave $1,000.A future City Council member, Kris Chadwick, chipped in $500. She is running uncontested for the council seat now held by Larry Emery, Glenwoods mayor.Four of the seven members of City Council had contributed to the campaign as of Oct. 10. Joe ODonnell gave $250; Bruce Christensen, $100; and Dave Merritt, $50. Council member Dan Richardson donated $50 through his company, Sustainable Design Concepts Inc.Former council members who have contributed include Mary Steinbrecher, at the $100 level. Others are former mayors: Sam Skramstad, $100; and Don Vanderhoof, $250.Other donors are in the construction industry: Hepworth-Pawlak Geotechnical, $250; Floyd Diemoz, $250; and Mark Gould, $100.Marianne Virgili, president of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and longtime member of Community on the Move, gave $100.Most of the organizations expenses $6,750 have gone to Centennial Account of Denver, for advertising and mailings. Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com


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