City, Re-1 work to square away roundabout details |

City, Re-1 work to square away roundabout details

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Roaring Fork school board members went round about the roundabout at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Construction of a roundabout intersection at Four Mile, Airport and Midland in South Glenwood has been on hold since June 12.

Glenwood Springs city attorney Karl Hanlon and the Roaring Fork School District attorney Jeff Houpt are hammering out the paperwork for a legal easement so construction can continue as soon as possible.

“I believe they’re working on it, even as we speak,” said Sue Hakanson, Re-1 board member, on Thursday afternoon. Hakanson did not know when construction work would begin again.

Hakanson said city contractors began construction of the new traffic feature earlier this month. Fred Wall, Re-1 superintendent, discovered earthwork was being done at the roundabout site on land owned by the school district, and placed a phone call to city manager Mike Copp during the June 11 school board meeting.

During the phone call, Hakanson said, Wall asked Copp to order the work stopped at the site until the district had received paperwork guaranteeing a legal easement on their portion of the roundabout property. Work stopped the next day.

Hakanson said the school district owns approximately a half-acre of land where the roundabout is being constructed.

“We had concerns about the roundabout, including drainage and safety issues,” said Hakanson. Sopris Elementary School and the school’s playground area is located just to the north of the roundabout site.

“We don’t want to hold up the process and we’re not opposed to the roundabout, but we need to address the legal easement issues of it before construction proceeds,” said Hakanson.

New principal

Hakanson said Anna Jane DeLay has been appointed the new principal of the Carbondale Elementary School. The new principal was raised and educated in Santa Fe, N.M., and has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and a master’s in bilingual education and Spanish.

“We are thrilled with Anna’s appointment,” said Hakanson.

The board extended the application period until July 18 for a new school board member to fill board member Bruce Matherly’s District A position in the Basalt region. Matherly resigned in early June.

Hakanson said the board will continue receiving applications, and is planning to conduct interviews on July 22. Anyone interested in serving on the board can contact the district at 384-6000.

Also at the meeting a draft of the district’s facilities master plan was presented for review. The plan is being created by RTA, a consulting firm from Colorado Springs, and includes input from district teachers, administrative staff and building committees from each of the district’s schools.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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