Citizens may decide airport’s future |

Citizens may decide airport’s future

Greg Masse
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – It appears more and more certain that the fate of the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport will be decided once again by city voters.

At a City Council work session Thursday on the possible uses of the airport land, council members were divided on whether to close the airport and open the land for some sort of development or to keep it as an airport and provide money for its upgrade.

“This is too important of an item for council to vote 4-3 or 5-2 to open it or close it,” Mayor Don Vanderhoof said. “I’d like to see it go to a vote.”

In 1997 the city’s electorate overwhelmingly voted to keep the airport open.

No official decision was made by council Thursday on whether the issue will be put before voters, but such a decision likely will be made soon.

City attorney Karl Hanlon said it’s too late to piggyback the airport vote onto a special election on Red Feather Ridge set for June 24, so he suggested placing it on the November ballot.

“If it were to go to a vote, November would be appropriate,” he said, adding that a November vote would give the city plenty of time to fine-tune the wording on the ballot and figure out exactly what voters will decide.

Council members had hoped the final decision on the use of the airport land would be made by the Ad Hoc Airport Committee formed last year to look at possible uses of the airport land and formulate an opinion on its “highest and best use.”

That committee, however, was made up of people with specific interests so no single opinion was ever formed. The committee submitted to council three options for the land: affordable housing, a high school site or keeping the airport running.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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