Carbondale board to discuss panhandling concerns |

Carbondale board to discuss panhandling concerns

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale Town Council is slated to discuss with Garfield County Sheriff’s officials its concerns with panhandling just outside town limits, when trustees meet in a special session tonight.

Trustees, in a letter to county officials and the Colorado State Patrol last summer, expressed frustration about the frequent panhandling at the corner of state Highways 82 and 133.

“The Carbondale Board of Trustees receives numerous complaints about the panhandlers that routinely work the [highway] intersection, which is the main entrance to our town,” stated the letter from the town board to the Garfield County sheriff and county commissioners, as well as the state patrol.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said at the time that the situation is complicated by some gray areas when it comes to enforcing any of the laws that might apply, since the intersection in question is also a controlled pedestrian crosswalk.

Also on the agenda for tonight’s special meeting is a follow-up discussion on a recent reconsideration of the downtown overlay zoning ordinance; a continued public hearing for a U-Haul operation in conjunction with Sunburst Car Care; an update on the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative; and an executive session related to provisions of the River Valley Ranch Subdivision Improvements Agreement.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.

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