City golf course idea back for another round |

City golf course idea back for another round

Greg MassPost Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The 2003 goals for the Glenwood Springs City Council are in. Many sound suspiciously similar to goals set for 2002, and council revived an idea from a decade ago – building a golf course on Glenwood Meadows.Like last year, economic diversification, transportation issues and sustaining quality of life for city residents top the list of goals for the coming year. City Council met for much of the day Thursday at the Community Center to discuss goals for the coming year and review the city’s success in 2002.Some goals from last year were reached, and others are close to fruition. The successfully implemented goals of 2002 included:-Getting Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus service running to Rifle. While this might not seem like a Glenwood Springs goal, council members figure that fewer drivers from western communities equals fewer cars on the road, translating into a better quality of life. -Another goal partially reached was improving trails in the city. A pedestrian underpass burrowed beneath West Midland Avenue will make pedestrian and bicyclist access to the Community Center better. -Paid parking in the downtown core was also brought up at the 2002 goal-setting meeting. Although no decision has been made on whether to charge parkers, a major study was undertaken that should help make that decision by the 2003 summer tourist season. -A decision on a south bridge that would span the Roaring Fork River just south of Glenwood Springs was also sought in 2002. Council could make the decision at their regular meeting Thursday. -Consensus on whether to close the municipal airport was also a goal for 2002. That’s another decision that could be made soon. A public hearing on the airport land use is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.-Yet another land-use goal for 2002 was to locate a new cemetery. That question was answered Wednesday when council approved annexation of the Red Feather Ridge subdivision up Four Mile Road. The developers dedicated 17 acres for a cemetery that, according to estimates, could handle burials for 50 to 100 years. Goals for 2003Some goals not met last year and even from the year before have reappeared on the list for 2003. -Building a city golf course between the Community Center and the city’s Municipal Operations Center. Mayor Don Vanderhoof brought up the idea as a goal for the coming year. -The general goal of economic diversification. Councilman Rick Davis said he wants the city to look at recruiting new businesses to the city and expanding the economy from its mainstays of retail sales and tourism. -Implementing some type of a tourism or attractions tax. Councilman Larry Emery suggested the idea Thursday, as council members did in 2002.-Extension of 8th Street. Councilmen Dave Merritt, Don Gillespie and Vanderhoof each placed this among their top goals for the new year. Building the extension is still a year or two off, but city leaders want to get a definitive design for the extension by year’s end so the job can be put out for bid. They also would like to determine how the project will be funded. -Better education on issues for council members. Councilman Dan Richardson said the more council members know about a topic, the better the decisions they can make.

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