City asking to grade Re-1 land |

City asking to grade Re-1 land

The Roaring Fork school board gave tentative approval to the city of Glenwood Springs to cross school property for its Eighth Street project.The city is requesting an easement across Glenwood Springs Elementary School land that would allow it to continue with its extension project of Eighth Street. Larry Thompson, city engineer, came before the school board Wednesday to present the plan. The city intends to align Eighth Street, which currently ends on the north side of Vogelaar Park, with the Seventh Street Bridge. The school district’s portion of that land is located at the intersection of Eighth and School streets, where Vogelaar Park and the Glenwood Springs office of YouthZone are located.The project would force re-location of the YouthZone parking area from its current location east of the offices, to the south side of the building.Restructuring of the property would lower current elevations on the affected portion of Eighth Street by 12 feet, Thompson told board members. To lower the road that much, a significant grade would have to be cut.Board members tentatively agreed to either grant an easement or deed the land to the city, since the land is no longer useable by the school, said board president Robin Garvik. The board will seek legal advice before making a final decision.The proposal also calls for grading of property on the west side of the school property currently accessed by school buses and delivery trucks. The project would re-align that access slightly, but the overall traffic pattern surrounding the school would remain the same.The city has agreed to provide landscaping and to fence the newly created slope to ensure student safety.Grading is set to begin in April, pending final approval by the school board.In other Re-1 news, the school board recently:-Approved a recommendation from administration to change the current sick-leave policy to eliminate the 90-day waiting period for new employees to have access to allowable sick leave. A clarification was also made to allow for six or eight weeks of maternity leave for eligible employees. -Reviewed a proposal for an intergovernmental agreement with Eagle County for the possible creation of a Head Start program at Basalt Middle School. This was a discussion item only, and no action was taken.

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