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Council to discuss 2004 goals

Greg Masse
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” City Council’s proposed goals for 2004 include plans for improving economic development, transit, finances and the city’s administration.

Council also will consider a request from the Colorado Department of Transportation for nighttime construction during the Grand Avenue Paving Project.

Council plans to discuss these subjects at its regular meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight at City Hall.

Council formulated its goals at a session held Jan. 9 at the Community Center and have since scaled them back a bit to make their accomplishment more feasible.

“I’m not unhappy with our goals,” Mayor Larry Emery said. “I think they’re reasonable and reachable.”

Under economic development, council plans to work at maintaining existing jobs in the city, developing incentives to keep existing businesses and attract new ones, increase tourism and visitors’ average length of stay in the city and keep chipping away on affordable housing.

Council has its biggest list of goals in transportation.

Among the projects and initiatives on that list are improving the environment downtown, addressing the transportation tax, identifying funding for the planned 8th and Midland intersection project, the Four Mile Road and Midland Avenue intersection and the Devereux Road and Transfer Trail intersection.

The other two categories, financial and administrative goals, include developing a plan to deal with the city’s dropping sales tax revenues; taking another look at the city’s pay plan; and re-evaluating its role as a governing body.

Emery said the next goal-setting session could come later this year instead of early 2005 so the goals can better jibe with the budget process.

“We’ve had suggestions by council members to look at that,” Emery said.

If the timing on council’s goal-setting session changes, Emery guessed it would happen around August or September so the process is finished by the time budget planning comes around.

Also on the agenda, City Council will:

– Consider a grant agreement for the Transit Operations Plan.

– Consider an amendment to the Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority and make an appointment to its board.

– Consider an ordinance that would raise some landfill rates.


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