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Carbondale trustees to consider ’emergency’ tree ordinance

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

CARBONDALE, Colorado – The town’s trustees will be considering an “emergency ordinance” tonight, concerning the “preservation of trees on large parcels in the town of Carbondale.”

According to the ordinance document, the town is worried about the removal of “healthy trees on private property that also constitute part of the town’s urban forest.”

Although no private property is named in the ordinance, it states, “The ongoing drought has exacerbated the town’s concerns about the protection and preservation of trees,” noting that “a large number of trees on private property within town have recently been removed by landowners without oversight by a property trained arborist or tree specialist.”

The ordinance notes that the town granted itself authority over trees throughout town in 2002, in what is known as the Tree Policy.

The ordinance, added to tonight’s agenda at the last minute on Monday, is scheduled to come before the trustees late in the meeting.

Before that, however, the Board of Trustees will remake itself into the Carbondale Liquor Board for practically the entire first hour and a half of tonight’s meeting, as they consider four liquor license applications and one medical marijuana license renewal.

The only break from thinking about the different ways in which people hope to alter their minds will be for about five minutes, at roughly 7:10 p.m. according to the agenda, when they consider a proclamation of April as Colorado Architecture Month, and vote to make one of themselves mayor pro-tem.

The council will be considering liquor licenses for three special events – the annual Dandelion Day on May 11, a fundraiser for the Carbondale Community School on May 18, and Bonedale Bike Week starting on May 24 (previously approved for a March 17 start date, which has been rescheduled).

In addition, the board will consider a new liquor license application for Fold Community Kitchen, located at 1909 Delores Way.

The license is part of store owner Noela Figueroa’s plan to make Fold Community Kitchen a popular stop for anyone interested in home cooked, locally sourced, healthy foods.

In addition, the trustees will consider an application for a medical marijuana license renewal from the MMCC LLC Medical Marijuana Center, also known as The Center, at 60 N. Third St. in Carbondale.

Other agenda items include continuing discussion about plans to rewrite Carbondale’s land use code and adopt a version of the International Green Commercial Building Code.

The board also will consider an application for a lot line adjustment and easement vacation at the Holgate Subdivision, Lots A and B, which fall between Euclid and Sopris avenues where they join Highway 133.

The land use applications are in preparation for relocation and redevelopment of the Roaring Fork Family Physicians clinic and office, currently at 1340 Highway 133.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 511 Colorado Ave., and the public is welcome.

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